ARMITAGE, JAMES ALEXANDER

Birthdate
Birthplace
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Age
20
Parents
Son of James and Helen Armitage of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Rubber Worker
Service number
B/44365
Engagement
1942-10-01
Disembarked
1944-09-02, France
Date of death
1944-09-23
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Awards
Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Plot 2 | Row C | Grave 7

"A FALLEN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN SOLDIER WHO HAS DONE HIS DUTY TO HIS COUNTRY"

Military grave
Additional info

Completed Part 1 + 2 Royal Canadian Artillery Training. Qualified Gunner Light Anti Aircraft.

Weapon number: OC00271.

Overseas on July 19, 1944.

Newspaper clipping: 
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.