Montecchio War Cemetery, Italy
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Name: James Gillis MacLellan Rank: Private Service No: F/8097 Regiment: West Nova Scotia Regiment, R.C.I.C. Date of Birth: June 20, 1918 Place of Birth: Big Marsh, Antigonish Co., NS Date of Enlistment: May 7, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth NS Address at Enlistment: Antigonish, NS Age at Enlistment: 23 Height: 5 feet, 11 Inches Weight: 183 lbs. Complexion: Medium Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown Trade: Farmer Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Malcolm MacLellan (Father) Antigonish, NS (initially) Alice G. MacLellan (Wife) Yarmouth, NS (effective September 1, 1943) Date of Death: August 31, 1944 Age at Death: 26 Cemetery: Montecchio War Cemetery, Italy Grave Reference: III. J. 9. Commemorated on Page 375 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on August 9 (Not listed on the Yarmouth War Memorial) James was the son of Malcolm and Flora MacLellan and husband of Alice Geraldine (Moses) MacLellan, of South Ohio, Yarmouth Co., NS. He was married at Yarmouth, NS on August 26, 1943. He completed grade 10 at the age of sixteen and worked at farming. In the year prior to his enlistment he was employed as a linesman with the Nova Scotia Power Commission in Antigonish. He was at CA(R)TC, Yarmouth from September of 1940 with the 2nd Battalion West Nova Scotia Battalion serving with the rank of Lance Corporal. On May 7, 1942, he enlisted for active service at Yarmouth and was attached to No. 6 District Depot (Halifax) but remained as staff at No. 60 CABTC, at Yarmouth until August 1943. He received permission to marry Alice Geraldine Moses on August 23, 1943. He was transferred to Aldershot on October 6, 1943. Private MacLellan embarked Halifax on February 17, 1944 and disembarked in the United Kingdom on February 1944. While serving in Italy with the West Nova Scotia Regiment, he was killed in action on August 31, 1944.
James Gillis MacLellan
Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada Photo of James MacLellan courtesy of his nephew Donald MacLellan