Private James Hall Stevenson

Biography of Private James Hall Stevenson

James Hall Stevenson was a son of the manse. Born on 22nd August 1882 in St Vincent County, Ontario, his father was Archibald, a clergyman, his mother Selina Stevenson. James went to school in both Scotland and Canada, attending Glasgow Academy and Danville School, Quebec. He began his studies for an Arts degree in 1899. In his first year he took senior Latin and Greek, doing well enough to take 7th equal place in Latin and a First Class Certificate in Greek.

In later years he took Logic, Political Economy and English, in the last of which he was highly commended. His interest, however, was in the classics and he remained at University for a fourth year to take a Second Class Honours MA. He graduated on 5th November 1903. What he did after that is not known but it was in Canada that he signed up for service when the war began.

At the time he signed up for the Canadian Over-seas Expeditionary Force, on 5th November 1914, he gave his occupation as an accountant, but he had also acquired some military experience, one year in the 11th Hussars, Quebec, and six weeks in the 72nd Regiment, Vancouver. He was a slim young man of 32, not tall at 5 feet 7 inches, and with a dark complexion, dark brown eyes and brown hair. He declared his religion as Presbyterian.

Posted abroad to the Western Front, he served as a Private with the 16th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment). He did not survive the war. Private Stevenson was killed in action near Lievin in Northern France on the 1st March 1918, just as the German Army was beginning its spring offensive. He is buried at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension.

Summary

Private James Hall Stevenson
Rank: Private
Regiment: Canadian Scottish
Degree: MA
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action in France 1 March 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/895
Photo ID: N/A

Sources

University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty and General Council Records

Additional information and copies of Attestation Papers contributed by Christopher Henzler

Burial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register

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