James Tilley "Jimmy" Ward, MM


Oct 19, 1880

Born at Leicester England


Nov 2, 1914

Reported to Kingston from Ottawa as part of a contingent from the 43rd Regiment under the Command of Major TF Elmitt, DSO


Nov 3, 1914

Provisionally promoted to rank of Sergeant


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 60026 (temporary number 831)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Tamar Ward (mother) of 29 Calais St, Leicester England

o       It was determined that he was the sole support for her as she was widowed

Ø      Previous occupation given as Cabinet Maker

Ø      Previous military experience given as 10 years in the 43rd Regiment, Militia

Ø      Religion given as Congregationalist

Ø      Assigned to 16 Platoon, “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


Feb 10, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston General Hospital with Bronchitis


Feb 20, 1915

Discharged to duty


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Sgt


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 29, 1915

Proceeded to the Trench School


Apr 3, 1916

Granted leave until April 11, 1916


Apr 11, 1916

Rejoined Battalion from leave


May 7, 1916

Appointed to position of CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sgt) to replace CQMS Lou Verdon, DCM who had been promoted


Apr 10, 1917

While driving a stores wagon, an artillery shell struck the rear of the wagon and he was thrown to the ground where a wagon coming from behind ran over him.  Shortly after he noticed swelling in the groin 

There is no record that he received any medical treatment for this, although it is likely that he would have been treated by the Battalion’s Medical Officer.  See the Medical Board report for June 25, 1919


May 19, 1917       

The Battalion’s War Diary announced the awarding of the Military Medal for his actions at Vimy Ridge



Jul 9, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #30172


This was for his actions during the attack at Vimy Ridge

Citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action.  When accompanying a limber taking up rations to his Company an enemy shell made a direct hit on the limber, and although wounded he insisted upon collecting the remains of the rations and carried them under heavy shell fire to the men in the front line

AFW 3121   15-4-17


Aug 15, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a slight shrapnel wound to his nose 

He was treated and released the same day


Aug 30, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 11, 1917

Granted extension of leave in England to September 12, 1917


Sep 15, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Oct 9, 1917

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Training Battalion


Jan 11, 1918

Attached to the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre)


Jan 18, 1918

Proceeded to England to be employed as CQMS at the CCRC at Bramshott


Feb 22, 1918

Posted to the CCRC and TOS their strength


May 17, 1919

Granted permission to marry


May 23, 1919

Placed On Command to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Witley


May 28, 1919

Next of kin changed to read Mrs Charlotte M Ward, 53 East St, London England


Jun 16, 1919

Ceases On Command to EORD and detailed to Bisley HQ Casualty Company for duty


Jun 18, 1919

Transferred to “H” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley pending return to Canada


Jun 25, 1919

Medical Board at Witley makes note of being run over by a wagon in France.  It is determined that he had received an Inguinal Hernia at the time.  It is also determined that surgery is required to repair the damage. 

Recommends return to Canada for surgery


Jul 30, 1919

Posted to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton


Aug 8, 1919

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Liverpool with his wife



Aug 10, 1919

TOS Quebec Clearing Depot pending discharge


Aug 18, 1919

Disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec


Aug 19, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Quebec City 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 191446

Ø      Intended residence on discharge – 359 Arlington Ave, Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge CQMS

Ø      Trade noted as Machinist


Apr 11, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 30 Spadina Ave, Ottawa Ontario


Jun 3, 1965

Died at the Rideau Health & Occupational Centre, Ottawa Ontario

 From the August 1965 issue of The Communiqué, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter


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