EDITOR”S NOTE: MacNaught History Centre & Archives is close to completing the profiles of the men of C Company, 105th Battalion. The 2016 project has extended into 2017 and there are only a few of the soldiers on the C Company list who have eluded the research efforts of staff and key volunteer, Louise Morris. Anyone who might have information on the date and place of death of the men featured in this series is urged to contact the MacNaught History Centre at 75 Spring Street, Summerside.
James Brewer Ramsay
James Brewer Ramsay (712601) was born Sept. 23, 1893, in Port Hill, the son of Albert John Ramsay and Elizabeth MacFarlane. His siblings were Marion (Minnie), Nathan, David, Margaret, Charles, Ethel, Ella, and Lillian.
Like many of the recruits who came to Summerside to train for military duty, he grew up on a farm. Unlike most of the C Co. soldiers he was over six feet tall, whereas the average height of the men was 5 feet, 8 inches. Brewer passed the medical exam for enlistment in December 1915, which entitled him to monthly pay, but his attestation paper was not signed until March 8, 1916.
At the end of June, after the 105th Battalion had arrived in Valcartier, Que., he was declared AWOL (Absent Without Leave), and when the regiment left for England, he was S.O.S. - “Struck Off Strength.”
Brewer Ramsay went to western Canada and found his way to Dawson Creek, B.C.
Two newspaper items that covered his visit home in 1946 noted his 26-year absence from the Island and mentioned his success in the “frontier town” as an auctioneer and second-hand store owner. It is assumed he died in that community but the details are not known.