Friday 29 March 2013

Private James Henry Rothwell

Born on 23 January 1895 in Croydon, Surrey, England - brother of Mrs. Ellen Glaze, West Croydon, Surrey, England - brother of Miss Mary Rothwell, Margate, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1914: trade as painter; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5.25 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; healthy complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 30 December 1914 (number 410186) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 18 November 1916 - name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Rothwell's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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