Thursday 24 January 2013

Private James Edward Shea

Born on 15 August 1896 in Lindsay, Ontario - son of Mrs. Mary Shea, Lindsay, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as teamster; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 5.5 inches; chest of 37 inches fully expanded; dark complexion; hazel eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 1 June 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 21 or 22 June 1915 (number 410228) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - died of sickness in the Military Hospital, Prospect, Bermuda, on 24 August 1915 - buried in Prospect Hill Military Cemetery (grave 850), Bermuda.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Shea's headstone in Prospect Hill Military Cemetery taken by Sgt. William MacDougall in 2009).

(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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