MADDEVER, James Howard


No.629140, Private, James Howard MADDEVER
Aged 27


2nd Canadian Machine Gun Company
Died of his Wounds on Wednesday, 27th September 1916


James Maddever was born in Muchlarnlick, nr Looe, Cornwall on 17th October 1888 (Liskeard Q4-1888 5C:57) son of John and Elizabeth Ann MADDEVER (née GILLBAND). His Canadian Army papers indicate he added one year to his age.

He was admitted (with sisters Georgina and Elizabeth and brother Richard) to Ashcombe National School in October 1893. Here his date of birth is given as 17th October 1888

1891 census...Aged 2, he was at Muchlarnick, Pelynt with his father John MADDEVER [39] farmer, born South Hill, Cornwall; his mother Elizabeth A [35] born North Petherwin, Devon; his brothers William S. [10] born St Cleer, Cornwall, Richard J. [8] born Pelynt; sisters Georgina [7] and Elizabeth A.G.[3] both born in Pelynt.

1901 census...Aged 12, he was at Yen Hall Farm, Streetly End, West Wickham with his parents; brothers William S and Richard J; sisters Georgina and Elizabeth A.G.

1911 census...So far not found in this census. His parents were still at Yen Hall Farm with his sisters Georgina and Elizabeth.

He married Florence M KERR [21] in 1913 (Lincoln Q2-1913 7A:1111). Their daughter Valerie was born later that year, by which time James had left for Canada, arriving in Quebec on 23rd June 1913 The Canadian Army had her address as Highfield, Hykeham, Lincolnshire.



He enlisted in Vernon, British Columbia on 1st September 1915, giving his date of birth as 10th October 1887, a clerk born in Muchlarnick, Cornwall. He was married to F.M. Maddever of Highfield, Hykeham, Lincolnshire. He was 5 feet 8 inches (172.7 cm)tall, chest 32.5" to 36" (82.6 to 91.4 cm), blue eyed and light brown hair, Church of England. He was serving in the militia, 6th Regt, Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles.
Initially he was in the 47th Battalion, Canadian Infantry and sailed on 13th November 1915, arriving UK on 23rd via SS "Missamabia" and going to Bramshott.
From there he was posted to 32nd Battalion at Shornecliffe. Whilst at Shornecliffe he went down with German measles and spent 12th March to 7th April 1916 in Moore Barracks, Canadian Hospital. He then joined 30th Battalion on 9th June before transfer tot he Canadian Machine Gun Depot on 232rd June
Shipped to France on 11th July, he was taken on strength of 2 Machine Gun Company on 14th July. Wounded at place unrecorded on 26th September he was admitted on 27th to No 9 Casualty Clearing Station where he died that same day.

Canadian records show that his widow re-married to ASPINALL, 35 Manchester Road, New Cleethorpes, Grimby. (John ASPINALL married Florence MADDEVER Grimsby Q3-1919).



photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission



James Maddever is buried in Contay British Cemetery, grave 2:D:1

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