Monday 24 December 2012

Corporal James Foss Weart

Born on 8 July 1895 in Vancouver, British Columbia - son of J.W. Weart, Vancouver, British Columbia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as McGill student; single; no current military service; previously served with the Western Canada College cadet corps (Calgary); Church of England; height of 5 feet 10 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; fair complexion; hazel eyes; fair hair.

Attended McGill College, British Columbia, in the Faculty of Arts from 1914 to 1915.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 5 March 1915 (number 411063) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, CEF, on 16 July 1915 - sent to First Army Infantry Training School as a sergeant in December 1915 - invalided to England in July 1917 - transferred to the 13th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops, CEF, on 28 March 1918 - repatriated to Canada and discharged in April 1919.

Awarded a Mention in Despatches in March 1919.

(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; anonymous, Record of Service 1914-1918: University of British Columbia, McGill British Columbia, Vancouver College (Vancouver: Lionel Ward & Company, Ltd., 1924), p.135)

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