Tuesday 19 June 2012

Private James Stark

Born on 21 March 1887 in Glasgow, Scotland - husband of Edith Stark, Glasgow, Scotland - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Lindsay, Ontario; trade as marine engineer; married; no current military service; previously served with the Scotch Greys (five years), the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (five years), and the 12 Cavalry Rochester (six years); Presbyterian; height of 5 feet 7.75 inches; chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; blue eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 109th Battalion, CEF, in Lindsay, Ontario, on 16 December 1915 (number 725026) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 4 or 6 December 1916 - killed in action on 9 April 1917 - buried in Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery (grave C.5), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), 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, www.cwgc.org)

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