I am looking for any relatives of James Stoddart, born July 19th, 1898, in Glasgow, Scotland.
On April 4th, 1908, at the age of 9, he departed Glasgow, Scotland, on the ship, SS Grampian, and arrived in the port of Halifax on April 14, 1908. He came to Canada by himself as a Quarrier's Boy, (orphan), and therefore he would have been sent to the Fairnowe Home in Brockville. From there he went to Croydon, Ontario where he stayed on the Samuel Doupe farm. He later worked as a farm labourer on James Leslie Keller's farm near Croydon.
On January 29th, 1916 he joined the 146th Overseas Battalion and then transferred to the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles. He sailed from Halifax on the SS Southland on September 25th, 1916. He was killed in action April 9th, 1917 at Vimy Ridge. His body was not recovered and is one of the thousands of young soldiers who might be the "Unknown Soldier" now entombed at the Canadian War Memorial in Ottawa.
At the age of 17, he was 5 foot 4 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He is on Page 333 of the First World War Book of Remembrance located on Parliament Hill.
James Stoddart's Attestation Papers
I have inherited a handful of pictures that he left at the farm where he worked at Croydon. Should anybody recognize this individual as a relative, please let me know and I can send either the pictures to you or high quality scans. He is thought to have two sisters, Alice & Nessie Stoddart. Medals and Decorations were sent to a sister, Mrs. D. Wilson, (I think Alice), Watsonfoot Cottage, Morningside, Newmains, Lanarkshire, Scotland on the July 19th, 1921.
Here are the pictures:
James Stoddart & his sister. James Stoddart's parents.
Auntie Crawford Jimmie Stoddart's parents and sisters.
Postcards sent to James Stoddart.
Last known picture of James Stoddart with his sister in England after being shipped overseas.