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Name: James Harvey Eldridge Regimental Number: 222947 Rank: Corporal Battalion: 85th Battalion Date of Birth: April 20, 1893 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: November 1, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 22 Height: 5 feet 3½ inches Complexion: Medium Eyes: Greyish Hair: Brown Trade: Mechanic Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Cerlena Eldridge (Mother) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Death: June 16, 1917 (killed at Lens) Age at Death: 24 Cemetery: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France Grave Reference: XXIX. A. 6. Commemorated on Page 233 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 25 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 85th Battalion. James was the son of Alfred E. S. Eldridge and Cerlena G. Eldridge, of Porter St., Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Before enlisting he was a mechanic at J.M. Trefry’s Garage. Embarking Canada at Halifax on October 13, 1916, James Eldridge disembarked at Liverpool, England on October 18, 1916. While at Witley Camp, Witley Common, Surrey, England he was appointed Acting Corporal on December 1, 1917. He proceeded to France on February 9, 1917, arriving on February 10, disembarking at Boulogne. On February 14, 1917 he was confirmed in the rank of Corporal. Corporal Eldridge was killed in action while serving with the 85th Battalion on June 16 in the vicinity of La Coulotte when the German army bombarded the June 14 captured trenches with artillery. Lieutenant Nathan Chipman, also from Yarmouth, was killed on the same day.
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Sources: Library and Archives Canada Canadian Virtual War Memorial findagrave.com Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 154-155)