James Wharrad

Jul 1, 1891

Born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England to Walter and Louisa (nee Seaney) Wharrad


Aug 21, 1915

Attested into the 35th Battalion CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 405466

Ø  Next of kin given as Jane Ann Wharrad, wife, 70 Gladstone, Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Tinsmith

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “C” Company


Oct 16, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



Oct 25, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


Mar 19, 1916

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Mar 20, 1916

Reported for duty and forfeited 1 day’s pay for his absence


Apr 1, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 15, 1916

Sentenced to 15 days Field Punishment #1 for gambling and having a light on in his tent after lights out


Apr 20, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Wharrad joined the 21st Battalion in the Ypres Salient near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was given the objective of capturing a strongly defended German Headquarters in the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France.  Private James Wharrad was first reported missing in action, but his body was later recovered and buried in a nearby field. 





When the war ended his identifiable remains could not be located and his name is now etched on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Jane A. Wharrad, 113 Gillard Ave., Toronto, Ontario



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