Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James William Dames

In memory of:

Company Sergeant Major James William Dames

May 8, 1915

Military Service

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Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.)

Additional Information

Son of John Joseph and Mary Ann Dames; husband of Florence Coneybeer Dames of Alberta. Served in the Tirah Campaign, 1897-98 and with the Sherwood Foresters in the South African War (invalided through wounds)

Commemorated on Page 11 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:



HAGLE DUMP CEMETERY is located 7.5 Km west of Ieper town centre on the Sint Pietersstraat, a road leading from the N308 Poperingseweg, connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308), is reached via Elverdingsestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. 6 Km along the Poperingseweg, after passing through the villages of Vlamertinge and Brandhoek, lies the right hand turning onto Galgestraat. 1 Km along the Galgestraat lies a staggered crossroads. The cemetery lies 300 metres after this crossroads on Sint Pietersstraat.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Biography– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … Company Sergeant Major James William Dames is also commemorated on the Menin Gate, Belgium ... photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Circumstances of death registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada. CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames: Dack to Dabate. Microform Sequence 26; Volume Number 31829_B016735. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 170. Page 243 of 1140.
  • Photo of James William Dames– The following letter was printed in the gift book, With the First Contingent, and mentions PPCLI Company Sergent Major James William Dames.  This book was published in 1915 by the Canadian Field Comforts Commission at Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe.  The book includes photos and letters sent from soldiers at thefront lines back to the women working at the Commission and was published to raise funds for more comforts for the men.
  • Inscription on Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial– Company Sergeant Major Dames was commemorated among the missing on the Menin Gate Memorial.  He is buried at Hagle Dump Cemetery, in Belgium.
  • Grave Marker– Photo courtesy Wilf Schofield, England

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