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Riddell, James Ross, Carleton Place, Ontario. Occupation: student. Military Service: Private, Lance Corporal, Lieutenant, Reg. No. 411142, 1st University Co., PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary References: “[J.R.] Riddel [Riddell] and I, receiving no orders to proceed with company stayed in dugout until morning,” 2:7 May ’16; “Heard that among the officers they killed are … Lt. [J.R.] Riddell,” 5:30 Oct ’17.
Additional Biographical Information:
“Riddell James Ross Lieutenant 411142. Born in Carleton Place, Ontario June 1892. While a student, he enlisted in the 1st University Company 21 Apr 1915. Arrived in England 4 Jun 1915. Crossed to France 17 Jul 1915. Joined the PPCLI in the field 28 Jul 1915. General Action: Battle of Mount Sorrel [Sanctuary Wood]. Promoted to L/Cpl 24 Jun 1916. Posted to the Canadian Training Division at Shorncliffe for a commission 20 Aug 1916. Commissioned Lieutenant, RCR/PPCLI Depot 21 Aug 1916. Depot renamed 7th Reserve Bn. 1 Jan 1917. Attached to No. 2 School of Instruction at Elstowe 3 Feb 1917. Returned to 7th Reserve Bn. 3 Apr 1917. Crossed to France 26 Apr 1917. Attached to the 3rd Entrenching Bn. 28 Apr 1917. Joined the PPCLI in the field 13 May 1917. Granted 10 days leave in England 7 Sep 1917. General Action: 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Reported as severely wounded during the assault on Meetcheele Ridge 30 Oct 1917. Died of his wounds the same day at 10 Canadian Field Hospital. Age 25.” Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders, 161.
Date of Death: 30 October 1917. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3, 6.5 km west of Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium. Grave reference: I.M.11