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 James Harold Suttie   Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Field Artillery Battalion: 3rd Brigade Regimental Number: 40915 Rank: Bombardier Date of Birth: February 24, 1894 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, N.S. Date of Enlistment: September 21, 1914 Place of Enlistment: Valcartier, Quebec Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, N.S. Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Prior Military Experience: 6 years 29th Battery, CFA, Yarmouth, N.S. Trade: Plumber Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: (Father) Charles Suttie, Brunswick St., Yarmouth, N.S. James was the son of Charles S. and Carrie M. Suttie, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  He was the third from Yarmouth to enlist after the outbreak of the war. 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 29, 1916 he was seriously injured with wounds to his arm and hip and was invalided to England where he spent several months before returning to France. On November 29, 1917 he was again wounded in the neck and face and was for some months a patient at a British Military Hospital. On March 17, 1918, fully recovered, he returned to France. On October 11, 1918 he was admitted to the No. 7 General Hospital, at Le Treport, France, suffering from a gunshot wound in the thigh and bronchial pneumonia. The wound was slight; however, his pneumonia was serious and his condition deteriorated rapidly. He died three days later. Date of Death: October 14, 1918 Age at Death: 24 Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery, France Plot: LXVII. J. 20.   Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne.  During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the earliest dating from May 1915. 35 of these burials are unidentified.  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 Commemorated on the Yarmouth Monument Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada War Diary: No. 7 General Hospital Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 335-340
   James Harold Suttie 
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