McDonell, James John “Jim”

Regimental Number: 437719
Rank: Corporal
Branch: 46th Battalion

Jim was born in Alexandria, Ontario on April 23, 1881. In 1911 he came over the Edson Trail and settled in the Peace Country, eventually owning property at S1/2 28-73-5-W6 and NE 28-18-7-W6. Jim enlisted in the Canadian army in September of 1915. He was wounded in action twice; first gunshot wounds to his hand and leg on October 13, 1916, and a head wound in January of 1918. Not long before he was wounded the first time he had written a letter home stating that his time in France was “quiet.” He had been in the trenches three times and said that there was not much going on other than artillery duels and bomb throwing. Jim died on January 17, 1947 in Edmonton.

Sources: Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 214, 1148