James Fitzpatrick was born in Bradford on the 15th of June 1889 the son of Denis Fitzpatrick, from Laois in Ireland and Bradford-born Elizabeth, nee Dunn.In 1891 the family were living at 431 Livingstone Road, and Denis was working as a sawyer in timber. Two children had been born to them, John and James.The family lived at this address for many years, Denis dying there in 1906. In 1911 Elizabeth was still living there with James who was working as an assistant barman in a public house.On the 25th April 1912 James sailed on the ship Lake Champlain from Liverpool to Quebec, Canada.
He was 23 years old and his occupation is given as a labourer. On the 22nd of March 1915 he enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force as Private 59324 in the 21st Battalion of the 4th Brigade.On his attestation paper he states that he had previously served in the Durham Light Infantry and that his mother Elizabeth was living at 57 Danefield Place, Otley.The 21st Brigade was raised in Eastern Ontario and left Kingston on the 5th May 1915 and sailed from Montreal landing in England on the 16th. The battalion spent the summer
training in England and then embarked for France on the 11th of September 1915 landing in Boulogne. They took part in the first major British offensive known as the Battle of Loos 25th September to the 15th of October and James came through that experience only to be shot in the head on Sunday the 24th November 1915. He was 26 years of age and he is buried at Ridge Wood Military Cemetery which was a front line cemetery from as early as May 1915. Men from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Canadian Battalions are buried there.
Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks