James Bardy signature

James Bardy signed up in Ohsweken, Ontario on this day in 1916. He was born in Tyendinaga on August 12th, 1895, the son of Peter Bardy and Margaret (née Maracle), who were both Mohawks.

Bardy joined the 114th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the regimental number 739285. He was described as five feet five inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. Bardy was later transferred to the. His service record shows that he arrived in England on November 11th, 1916. He was in hospital in England with mumps in February 1917 and  joined the 18th Battalion in France on June 15th, 1917.  On July 21st 1917 he received a gunshot wound to his left forearm, fracturing the ulna bone, and was sent to England to recover. He was also treated for syphilis. He was granted permission to marry on September 12th, but there was no marriage registered in his name in England in 1918. He left England for Canada on December 12th, 1918.

James was demobilized in London, Ontario on January 6th, 1919 and married Lucretia Ann Brant on December 24th, 1919 in Deseronto. He died in his home on College Street, Deseronto, on July 26th, 1937 of acute nephritis. He was 42. An entry in the Canadian War Graves Registers notes that “Death was the result of a condition incurred on service but not pensionable under the Statute”. James and Lucretia were both buried in Christ Church Cemetery, Tyendinaga.

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