James Frank Mitts

Dec 22, 1891

Born in Huntingdon Township (now part of the town of Madoc), Ontario


Jan 26, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Madoc, Ontario

Ø  Number 636476

Ø  Next of kin given as Charles Mitts, brother, 80th Battalion, Belleville, Ontario.  He is also listed as Charles Mittz and Charles Mitty

o   This was later changed to Sylvenus Mitts, uncle, Crookston, Ontario

o   A note was added to also notify Walter Mitts, uncle, Sterling, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Dec 8, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Mitts joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay, France


Aug 15, 1917

The 21st Battalion carried out an attack on Hill 70 near Lens, France.  This was a massive event that was carried out by the Canadian Corps to capture the high ground held by the German army.  Once the hill was captured, the enemy mounted 21 counter attacks, often involving hand to hand combat and the casualty rate was very high.

Private Mitts received a bullet wound to his chest and was evacuated to the No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station for treatment.


Aug 16, 1917

Private John Frank Mitts died of his wounds at the No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station and was later buried in the nearby Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Barlin, France.


Following the war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to Mr. Richard Fleming, friend, Crookston, Ontario

There was no Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll or Memorial Cross issued as no next of kin could be located


James Frank Mitts is honoured on the Madoc, Ontario War Memorial



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