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Thursday, 12 November 2015

Manitoba's WWI Fallen: James S Fleming of Winnipeg

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, I am working on a series of blog posts and radio shows that will look at some of the Manitobans who died in action. For more about this project and links to other posts, follow this link.


James Stephenson Fleming lived with his parents, Thomas and Annie, at Thelmo Mansions, 519 Burnell Street, before leaving for school at the going to school at University of Toronto to be a mining engineer. 

He was working his first job out of school near Timmins, Ontario when he enlisted on October 6, 1915 with the 2nd Pioneer Battalion of the Canadian Engineers.

James' Circumstances of Death registration indicates only that he was "Killed in action. Vicinity of St. Eloi." His entry in the University of Toronto's Roll of Service 1914-1918 goes into much greater detail about his activities.

Fleming only reached France in March 1916 and within weeks, on April 11, 1916, was killed by a sniper's bullet to the head. He was 23 years old.

Related:Canadian Virtual War Memorial entry (more photos)
Canadian Great War Project entry
Attestation Papers

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