Born 6/03/1897At Coatsworth, Kent Co., ON. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Herb Agnew. Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 50 – 16, Item: 2602. A single plumber living at the City Hotel, Owen Sound, ON. Attestation: 27/11/1915 at Owen Sound to the 147th Battalion. Age 18 years.
He left Canada aboard the S. S. Lapland with the 58th Battalion 15/11/16 arriving in England 20/11/ 16. He arrived in France 27/01/17. While in France he was reported being on No.1 “Field Punishment for being AWOL (Absent With Out Leave). He would be hospitalized for a GSW (Gun Shot Wound – from a German machingun) to his left wrist resulting in a fracture to the radius at the battle at Lens 28/06/17. He would be transferred to a number of hostials and recouperation facilities.
He would later suffer a second GSW and would be sent to the Canadian Hospital at Epson from 22/09/17 until 14/11/17
James would be discharged 11/06/1919 after passing a ‘Medical Board’ decision, that he was able.