James Frederick Wolfraim


Apr 2, 1872

Born to Hamlet and Jane Wolfraim at Cramahe Township Ontario


Jul 12, 1893

Married to Nettie Moore at Cramahe Township Ontario


Apr 1, 1901

Census records show his racial origin as German and his occupation as Grocer however he is on the payroll of the 40th Regiment Canadian Militia at Cobourg Ontario


Mar 19, 1909

Wife Nettie, died at Colborne Ontario


Nov 3, 1914

Departed Cobourg Ontario by train in charge of 115 men from the 40th Northumberland Regiment to enlist in Kingston


Nov 6, 1914

Enlisted in the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Rank of Captain

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs H Wolfraim (mother) of Castleton Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Gentleman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 40th Regiment Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to  “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

Throughout the Part II Orders and the War Diary for the Battalion, his name is spelled as both Wolfrain and Wolfraim, in addition to various newspaper articles being spelled both ways.


Feb 12, 1915

Granted a 1 day leave of absence


Apr 12, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Major 

At this time he was most likely appointed to Command “B” Company


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Oct 27, 1915

Admitted to No 5 Field Ambulance suffering from Gastritis and transferred to the Officer’s Rest Station at Mont Noir


Oct 29, 1915

Discharged to duty from the Officer’s Rest Station


Dec 28, 1915

Admitted to the Duchess of Westminster Hospital at Le Touquet with a diagnosis reading PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever.  He never returned to the 21st Battalion after this date


Dec 31, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St David


Posted to CTD (Canadian Training Depot) Headquarters while in hospital


Jan 1, 1916

Admitted to Miss Pollock’s Hospital in London


Jan 25, 1916

Granted 3 weeks sick leave


Jan 27, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Feb 15, 1916

Medical Board declares him fit for Home Service only for 2 months


Mar 6, 1916

His brother Andrew Attested into the 139th Battalion at Castleton Ontario.  He survived the war and returned to Castleton and was employed as a Mason


Apr 18, 1916

Medical Board declares him fit for General Service


Jun 6, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion and proceeded on Conducting Duty escorting drafts of men to France


Aug 18, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion and transferred to the D of R & O for duty at West Sandling Camp


Oct 3, 1916

Attached to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) and employed on a standing Medical Board


Mar 24, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jul 17, 1917

Reported to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and assumed Command of the Depot


Aug 1, 1917

Posted back to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Oct 16, 1917

The Daily British Whig announced that he was awarded the Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officer’s Decoration, more commonly referred to as the VD


Nov 15, 1917

His son, Melbourne Oliver Wolfraim Attested into the Cobourg Heavy Battery at Cobourg Ontario.  He survived the war returning to Canada May 9, 1919


Nov 26, 1917

Posted to the EORD and proceeded to France for Election Duty


Dec 15, 1917

Rejoined the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford on completion of Election Duty


Mar 6, 1918

His mother passed away after suffering from Cancer for over a year


Apr 1, 1918

His pay assignment was changed to be sent to his sister Miss Annie Wolfraim at Castleton Ontario


May 4, 1918

His son, Hamlet Clayton Wolfraim was drafted under the MSA (Military Service Act 1917) at Barriefield Ontario and gave his father, Maj JF Wolfraim of the 6th Reserve Battalion Seaford England, as next of kin.  He survived and post war became a member of the Clergy


Nov 9, 1918

Admitted to No 13 Canadian General Hospital at Hastings with an inflamed knee joint


Nov 19, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 26, 1919

Granted permission to marry


Apr 27, 1919

Married to Mabel Richardson



Jun 23, 1919

Posted to the No 3 Regimental Depot at Witley and Attached to the Rear Party


Jul 4, 1919

Attached to Headquarters at Seaford for duty as President of the Permanent Court of Enquiries to replace Lt Col CL Bott


Sep 3, 1919

Struck Off Strength of the OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) and embarked the SS Adriatic at Southampton



Sep 10, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Sep 14, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Ottawa Ontario with the rank of Major.  His proposed residence on discharge Castleton Ontario


May 4, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Castleton Ontario 

Post war he rose to rank of L/Col and Commanded the Northumberland Regiment, living in Colborne Ontario



Voter’s list shows him living in the village of Colborne Ontario and lists his occupation as Col. (retired)


Nov 23, 1958

Died at Sunnybrook Hospital Toronto Ontario and buried in the Castleton Cemetery, Castleton Ontario 

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