CEF Soldier Detail

Lieutenant James Stanley Lightfoot Welch
Died: July 1, 1916

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
No
Force:
British Army
Regiment:
British Infantry
Battalion:
12th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Company:
Place of Birth:
Toronto, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Rev. Canon Welch, Southend-on-Sea, England (formerly of Toronto, Ontario)
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
Trade or Calling:
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Date of Enlistment:
Age at enlistment:
Height:
Chest:
Expansion:
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
July 1, 1916
Age at Death:
20
Buried at:
Queens Cemetery, Puisieux, Pas De Calais, France
Plot:
D. 66.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant British Infantry 12th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Son of the Rev. Edward A. and Edith Marion Welch, of Southchurch Rectory, Southend-on-Sea. Was at Rugby School, and a Scholar of King's College, Cambridge.

Red Deer News, 11 July 1917, pg. 3:  (taken from the London Times)

Lieutenant James Stanley Lightfoot Welch, Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed on Dominion Day, was the only son of Canon Welch, formerly rector of St. James' Cathedral, Toronto, now vicar of Wakefield, and Mrs. Welch.  Born at Toronto in 1896, he was educated at the Preparatory School of Upper Canada College, Toronto, at Yardley Court, Tonbridge, and at Rugby, where he was a member of the O.T.C. and an scholar.  When war broke out he applied for a commission and was gazetted in October, 1914, being promoted in the following May.  A letter from his commanding officer says that while leading his platoon against the enemy he was first wounded by a bullet and fell, but was immediately afterwards killed by a shell.  His last words to his platoon were, "Never mind me; carry on."  

Lieut. Welch's photo appeared in "The War Book of Upper Canada College", edited by Archibald Hope Young, Toronto, 1923. This book is a Roll of Honour including former students who served during WWI.   Link to image.  According to this source, he was Mentioned in Despatches "for gallant and distinguished service in the field".

Awards and Decorations
Mentioned in Despatches & 'A' List