James Albert Tripp

Sep 30, 1893

Born in Fenelon Falls, Ontario to Reuben and Maggie (nee Peterson) Tripp


Jun 10, 1914

Married to Annie Matthews in Bobcaygeon, Ontario


Feb 2, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion CEF in Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Ø  Number 725600

Ø  Next of kin given as Annie Tripp, wife, Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Assigned to “C” Company

In the spring of 1916, the 109th Battalion went to Camp Borden near Barrie for advanced training


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, near Longmoor, Hampshire


Aug 16, 1916

The battalion moved to Bramshott to continue training


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 917 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

After leaving the base depot he joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay, France and was assigned to No. 16 Platoon, “D” Company


May 9, 1917

“C” and “D” Companies were participating in a Trench Raid under the command of the 20th Battalion.  The raid was to be supported by an artillery barrage but the attack was more successful than anticipated and while occupying the German trench, they came under an artillery barrage by their own side.  Private James Tripp was buried by the explosion of one of those shells and he died before he could be dug out.  Because of the constant allied artillery barrage, the men had to withdraw and leave his body behind.  Private James Albert Tripp’s body was never recovered and his name is etched on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France, for those killed during the war in France and have no known grave.


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Annie Windover, Orillia, Ontario (she had remarried)

 A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Margaret Tripp, Bobcaygeon, Ontario


From the 1935 summer edition of The Communiqué
(the 21st Battalion’s post war newsletter)



James Albert Tripp is honoured on the Fenelon Falls, Ontario War Memorial,
above, and the Bobcaygeon, Ontario War Memorial, below



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