Thursday 1 December 2011

Private James Ross Riddell

Born on 9 June 1892 in Carleton Place, Ontario - next of kin listed as Norman McLeod and Elizabeth Riddell, Carleton Place, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; no current military service; previously served with the Queen's University COTC (corporal); Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 35.3 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Montreal, Quebec, on 20 April 1915 (number 411142) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 17 July 1915 - commissioned as a lieutenant at some point - died on 30 October 1917 of wounds received that day - buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery (grave I.M.11), Belgium.

(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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