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James Edward Tait

In memory of:

Lieutenant James Edward Tait

August 11, 1918

Military Service


Age:

30

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

78th Battalion

Citation(s):

An extract from "The London Gazette", dated September 24, 1918, records the following:

For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack. The advance having been checked by intense machine-gun fire, Lt. Tait rallied his company and led it forward with consummate skill and dash under a hail of bullets. A concealed machine gun, however, continued to cause many casualties. Taking a rifle and bayonet, Lt. Tait dashed forward alone and killed the enemy gunner. Inspired by his example his men rushed the position, capturing twelve machine guns and twenty prisoners. His valorous action cleared the way for his battalion to advance. Later, when the enemy counter-attacked our positions under intense artillery bombardment, this gallant officer displayed outstanding courage and leadership, and, though mortally wounded by a shell, continued to aid and direct his men until his death.

Honours and Awards:

Military Cross

Victoria Cross

Additional Information


Born:

May 27, 1888
Dumfries, Scotland

Enlistment:

February 4, 1916
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of James Bryden Tait and Mary Johnstone Tait, of Maxwelltown, Scotland; husband of Jessie Spiers Aitken Tait, of 2440 El Camino Real, West Arcadia, California, United States.

Commemorated on Page 510 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

James Edward Tait is a recipient of the Victoria Cross.
Complete list of Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Special Memorial

Location:

Fouquescourt is a village in the Department of the Somme, 35.5 kilometres east of Amiens and 8 kilometres due north of Roye. The Fouquescourt British Cemetery is a little north of the village on the east side of the road to Maucourt.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Attestation Paper (front)
  • Biographical Information
  • Biographical Information
  • War Diary– Extract from 78th Battalion War Diary for August 1918 (page 1)
  • War Diary– Extract from 78th Battalion War Diary for August 1918 (page 2)
  • War Diary– Extract from 78th Battalion War Diary for August 1918 (page 3)
  • Photograph– Lt. J.E. Tait, V.C., M.C.
  • Award Citation– Personal Information Sheet
  • Medical Records (front)
  • Medical Records (back)
  • Service Records (front)– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Service Records– Casualty Form - Active Service
  • Photo 2 of James Tait
  • Grave Marker

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