Smith, James “Jim” Thomas

Regimental Number: 466964
Rank: Private
Branch: 49th Battalion; Canadian Army Veterinary Corps

James was born in London, England on January 5, 1888. He came to the South Peace by way of the Edson Trail in 1905 and in 1911 filed on a homestead at NE 3-73-7-W6. In 1915, James enlisted in the Canadian Army. James received shrapnel wounds to his right thigh on June 8, 1917. In March of 1919, he was granted permission to marry Emilienne Louise, a Frenchwoman. They returned to Alberta together after James was discharged. In June of 1920, James was kicked by a horse; he died of internal injuries on June 24, 1920.

Sources: surname DB; Buffalo Trails p. 199; June 29 1920 p. 1 c. 5; Grande Prairie Cemetery