Completed Part 1 + 2 Royal Canadian Artillery Training. Qualified Gunner Light Anti Aircraft.
Weapon number: OC00271.
Overseas on July 19, 1944.
Pte. James Alexander Armitage, age 20 of the Lincoln and Wellend Regiment was killed after two weeks service in Belgium on September 23. According to an Army casualty list issued at Ottawa yesterday. His mother, Mrs. Helen Armitage, 723 Brock Ave., has not received the details of her son's death. She said: "I like fair play. My boy was not trained for the Infantry, he was a Gunner."
Pte. Armitage was born in Toronto and was educated at Pauline Avenue School. He joined the R.C.A. (Royal Canadian Artillery in 1942 and after training at Brampton, Halifax and Newfoundland he went to England in 1944. He was transferred to the Infantry and had spent only one month in England and one week in France before going to Belgium. His father, Sapper James Armitage, R.C.E. (Royal Canadian Engineers) has spent five years overseas, and is a veteran of the last war.
The Lincoln and Welland Regiment war diary reports on September 23, 1944:
Cloudy with Rain - Later clearing
"C" Coy reported some sniping during the night. "A" Coy sent in three PW captured in their area. The PW were identified as No 1038 Gr Regt.
In the afternoon enemy positions were engaged by a Squadron of Typhoons and Arty. An enemy HQ was destroyed in the attack. This was followed by a loud hailer asking the enemy to surrender. Some SA fire was exchanged.
Personal details have been collected from official Service Records and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Some of the additional information has been provided by War Diaries, Libera Me (G.E. Spittael), Polder Fighting (R.W. Catsburg), Veterans Affairs Canada, WW2 Talk, Aircrew Remembered and other sources. The commonwealth-adegem.com website is not responsible for incorrect information.
Everything has been collected and processed voluntarily by Michael van de Velde, Netherlands. Along the way I had great support from expert researchers and other volunteers. Thank you!