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Detail. Napanee, Grace Methodist, Mrs. Symington's Bible Class, 1909. Copy 2. James F. Websdale was born in Napanee. He went out to Alberta shortly after 1909. At the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted with the 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles at Medicine Hat. When the regiment went overseas, he was attached to the Lord Strathcona Horse and later was taken on strength with the 27th Battalion, which was made up mostly of men from Winnipeg. While serving in France, he was hospitalized with a chest infection in the winter of 1915-16. He returned to duty and at Vimy Ridge was wounded in the face and hospitalized in Bologne. He again returned to duty and worked as a clerk in the Orderly Room for several months during convalescence. He also helped with the transportation of wounded at Passchendaele. Returning for a third time to combat duty, he was recommended for promotion to Lieutenant. While leading a group of soldiers he was severely wounded by a hand-grenade and died in the ambulance on the way to hospital on September 27, 1918. He was 26. J.F. Websdale is buried in Ecoust-St. Mein British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
J.F. Websdale -Exhibit #2 Mrs. Symington's Bible Class, Grace Methodist, Napanee, 1909 -Credit: The Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives
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