WWI Enlistment Poster

James Anthony Claydon

In 1916, Daniel's brother, James Anthony Claydon, volunteered for the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces to fight in World War I. Recruits were required to file and sign an Attestation Paper at the place of enlistment to indicate their willingness and fitness to serve overseas.




This is the Attestation Form that James had to fill out:

James Claydon - Attestation



133rd Battalion, CEF

James served in the 133rd (Norfolk's Own) Battalion in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Based in Simcoe, Ontario, the unit began recruiting in late 1915 in Norfolk County. Between 1914-1916 over 400 men enlisted in the 133rd. After sailing to England in November 1916, the battalion was absorbed into the 23rd Reserve Battalion on November 11, 1916. The 133rd (Norfolk's Own) Battalion, CEF had one Officer Commanding: Lieut-Col. A. C. Pratt. James' Regiment number was 797649. The image to the left is of a pin James would have worn on his uniform hat.

Canadian Forestry Corps, 1917

James' military records, obtained from the Canada Archives, indicate that, once he was deployed, he served with the Canadian Forestry Corps. He was probably put in this non-combat role because he had not yet attained the required age of 19 years for combat at the time he was deployed, and that is where he stayed for the duration of his service. The CFC was created during WWI to help satisfy the huge demand for wood to be used on the Western Front. These troops cut trees in the UK and France and prepared it for shipment to the front for myriad uses.

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