James William was one of four sons of William and Anne Muise of Yarmouth who served in World War I. The three brothers were:George Stanley Muise, known as Stanley (#69619) born October 26, 1894, who served with the 26th New Brunswick Battalion was wounded, having been shot through the chest, and was also invalided home in the fall of 1917. However, he re-enlisted February 6, 1918 (#3256352).Arthur Muise, (#67314) born January 10, 1896, served in France with the 25th Battalion. Alfred Joseph Muise served with the 115th Battalion, 112th Battalion, and the 25th Battalion. Alfred was killed in action at Vimy Ridge on April 29, 1917.
Name Service NumberRankServiceDate of BirthPlace of BirthDate of EnlistmentAge at EnlistmentPlace of EnlistmentAddress at Enlistment Previous Military:TradeReligionNext of KinDischarged:
James William Muise734000Private112th BattalionFebruary 27, 1898 (on attestation)February 27, 1901 (actual date of birth)Yarmouth, Nova ScotiaFebruary 18, 191618 (on attestation)Yarmouth, NSYarmouth, NS29th Battery Canadian Field Artillery (Yarmouth) RecruitHeight: 5 feet, 3 inchesComplexion:DarkEyes:BlackHair:BlackWeight:135 lbs.StudentRoman CatholicMrs. William Muise (Mother) Argyle St., Yarmouth, NSJuly 19, 1918 at Aldershot Camp, NSJames was the son of William Gratian Muise and Annie Muise, one of eight children. James Muise was one of three fourteen year old boys from Yarmouth who enlisted during World War I. He enlisted at Yarmouth using the name “Meuse” both for himself and his mother and giving his date of birth as February 27, 1898, officially aged 18. In fact his name was “Muise” as was his mother’s name and his birth date was actually 1901. He enlisted nine days before his fifteenth birthday. This was eventually discovered by the military and his military record changed to reflect both the correct name and correct birth of date.He enlisted with the 119th Battalion, and sailed for France on July 23, 1916 from Halifax on the SS Olympic arriving in Liverpool, England on July 31, 1916. At Bramshott Camp in England, he transferred to the 26th Reserve Battalion on February 3, 1917 and on June 18, 1917 landed in France for service with the Royal Canadian Regiment. On June 22, 1917 he left for his unit and joined the unit in the field on June 30, 1917. On November 17, he was gassed during battle. Officially, he was now 19 years of age, but was actually only 16 years of age. He was taken to #64 Canadian Casualty Station and then to #46 Canadian Casualty Station suffering from gas poisoning. On November 27 he was transferred to No. 1 Convalescence Depot at Boulogne, France and on November 30, discharged to No 3 Rest Camp. On February 1, 1918, he declared the correct spelling of his name and his correct date of birth and was then transferred on February 7, 1918 from the Royal Canadian Regiment to the Nova Scotia Depot at Bramshott, England as a minor. He was discharged to Canada on February 27, 1918 and officially discharged from military service as a minor on July 19, 1918 at Aldershot, Nova Scotia.James served eight months in France, was gassed in battle, and served with very good conduct and character while in service. At discharge he was 5 feet, 6 inches in height.James William was one of four sons of William Muise who served in World War I. Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 112th BattalionAlso see: The Youngest Recruits (Yarmouth Town and County - 1914-1918)