Canadian Expeditionary Force

Private James Peden, #425195 

Born: April 20th, 1897 Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland
Enlisted at Brandon, Manitoba with 45th Battalion,  July 5, 1915 
Sailed for Britain,  March 13th, 1916
Proceeded to France for service with 28th Battalion  May 8th, 1916
Killed in action,  Somme, France September 15, 1916
Service Awards: British War and Victory Medals




Article in Portage la Prairie Newspaper




Letters from Robert Borden, Prime Minister of Canada and Arthur Meighen, Solicitor General of Canada (and future two-time Prime Minister himself). At the time, their was significant confusion with J. Peden being wounded (John) and J. Peden killed in action (James) - on the same day in the same battle. In letters home, Jock reported being wounded and seeing Jim make it to the German trenches and assumed he was okay.   One more son of David Peden - his oldest son David - was to die before the war ended. 




Page from 1916 Book of Remembrance


In Retrospect