814326 Pte. James Campbell McBride

Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery


Pas de Calais


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in November 1898, James signed on in January 1916 in Campbellford, Ontario.

A resident of Campbellford, Ontario, James was a spinner by trade when he originally attested into the 139th (Northumberland) Battalion, on Janaury 8th, 1916.

James was one of three men of the 139th who were transferred to the 4th CMR in February 1918.

At the time of his loss, on September 1st, 1918, the 4th CMR were in the front line at Feuchy, just west of Arras, France, and had just been involved in an attack on Monchy-le-Preux on the 27th. Ordered to take enemy trenches to the south of Boiry on the 28th, such was the advance on the 27th, that the men had to move forward 6,000 yards (5.5km) over difficult ground before even being able to engage their foe.

It was reported that in advancing on the final objective on the 28th, James was wounded in the abdomen by shrapnel from an enemy shell. Attended to, he was evacuated to No.33 Casualty Clearing Station, where, alas, he died 4 days later.

Pte. James McBride is one of 20 men of the 4th CMR who are known to lie at rest in Ligny-St.Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt, France.

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Thanks go to Yvo Henniker-Heaton for the headstone image. The biography excerpt is courtesy of 4cmr.com