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Name: James Harold Suttie Regimental Number: 40915 Rank: Bombardier Regiment: 3rd Brigade Canadian Field Artillery Date of Birth: February 24, 1894 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: September 2, 1914 Place of Enlistment: Valcartier, Quebec Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Complexion: medium Eyes: blue Hair: light brown Prior Military: 6 years 29th Battery, CFA, Yarmouth, NS Trade: Plumber Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Charles Suttie (Father) Brunswick St., Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: October 14, 1918 Age at Death: 24 Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, France Plot: LXVII. J. 20. Commemorated on Page 509 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 27 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 40th Battalion Commemorated on the Yarmouth War Memorial James was the son of Charles Seely Suttie (1863-1948) and Carminia M Ritchie Suttie (1868-1941), of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and the brother of Frank S Suttie (1890-1949), Dorothy J Suttie (1895-1991), Roy Bernard Suttie (1904-1975), and Earl Ritchie Suttie (1909-1979). His brother Earl served Canada during WWII with the Canadian Army. He rose to the rank of Brigadier and commanded the 2nd Army Group, Royal Canadian Artillery (1944-45), the Royal Artillery, 3rd Canadian Division (1945), and the 1st Army Group, Royal Canadian Artillery. He was also responsible for the Suttie Commission which saw to the restructuring of Canada's Militia after the war. James was employed as a plumber prior to his enlistment. He also served with the Naiad Milton Engine Company of the Yarmouth Fire Department. He departed Yarmouth on August 22, 1914 with several others in the charge of Captain Pickles of the 10th Siege Battery Canadian Field Artillery. He enlisted at Valcartier and went overseas with the first contingent, CEF. He spent two months in England and crossed to France in February 1915. On June 23, 1916 he was invalided to England where he was admitted to Dockage Westminister Hospital, London seriously injured with wounds to his arm and thigh. Having recovered he returned to France. On November 30, 1917 he suffered a slight wounded in the neck and face and taken to No 34 Field Ambulance and transferred on November 30, 1917 to No. 22 General Hospital Dannes at Camiers, France. He was transferred to England and admitted to Stramongate Auxiliary Hospital at Kendal, affiliated with Fusehill War Hospital, Carlisle, UK. He was discharged on January 1, 1918 and returned to France in the field. On October 13, 1918 he was admitted to the No. 7 General Hospital, Etaples, France, suffering from a gunshot wound to the thigh and bronchial pneumonia. His condition deteriorated rapidly and he died three days later. Sources: Library and Archives Canada Canadian Virtual War Memorial (Background Photo: Etaples Military Cemetery, France)
James Harold Suttie
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Courtesy: Nova Scotia Firefighters Museum, Yarmouth, NS
James Harold Suttie is also remembered on a Memorial stone in Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery.