Lieutenant James Arthur Edward McDonell was born in Toronto, Ontario, 13 May 1887 to Samuel Smith McDonell and Mary Jane Fisher. A graduate of Upper Canada College and member of the Queen’s Own, he volunteered for active service in the First World War.
McDonell served in England and France with: 95th Battalion CEF, 5th Reserve Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regimental Depot, 20th Battalion CEF, and District Depot #2. He was wounded at the Battle of Amiens in 1918 while serving with the 20th Battalion CEF. On 10 May, 1923 McDonell died of wounds received at the battle of Amiens and is buried at St James Cemetery, Toronto.
Timeline of military service:
- 1915, 2 Nov – enrolled 95th Bn CEF
- 1915, 11 Dec – qualifies as a Lieutenant
- 1916, 30 May – arrives England
- 1918, 14 Feb – taken on strength 20 Bn CEF, France
- 1918, 8 Aug – wounded during battle of Amiens
- 1918, 29 Dec – embarked at Liverpool for return to Canada
- 1919, 27 Mar – discharged
- 1923, 10 May – died from wounds received at the battle of Amiens 1918
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Library and Archives Canada
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