Major James Herbert Boutelle

Photo from "Men of Today in the Eastern Townships, 1917".

Date of Birth: 05 August 1878

Place of Birth: Danville, Quebec

Residence: Danville, Quebec

Nok: Alice Boutelle, Danville, Quebec (Wife)

Trade: Furniture dealer and undertaker

Attestation date: 23 November 1915

Previous military service: 11th Hussars

Unit: 117th Bn CEF

Status: Survived - died 09 December 1950


Details of Service:

James Herbert Boutelle was born in Danville, Quebec and married to Alice Louina Boutelle. He attested with the 117th Battalion on 23 November 1915. He had previous militia experience with the 11th Hussars in Sherbrooke. He sailed to England with the 117th Battalion on 14 August 1916. During the crossing of the Atlantic he caught pnemonia and was hospitalized in Bramshott from 25 August to 04 September 1916.

Major Boutelle was transferred to the 23rd Reserve Battalion at Shoreham on 22 January 1917, where he assumed command of B Company.

On 25 April, Major Boutelle was transferred to the 14th Battalion and proceeded to France. On 01 June Maj Boutelle reverted to the rank of Lieutenant at his own request so he could proceed to the trenches. On 10 July he left the trenches for a Lewis Gun course in Le Toquet, France. He rejoined the Battalion on 19 July.

On 14 October 1917, Lt Boutelle was promoted to Captain to complete the establishment of the 14th Battalion. Captain Boutelle spent the remainder of October with the 14th Battalion preparing for action at Passchendaele. On 02 November 1917, Captain Boutelle was wounded and suffering from effects of gas poisioning. He was evacuated to Boulogne, France and then to Cambridge to recover from his wounds. He was also suffering from a case of scabies.

On 14 November 1917, Captain Boutelle was transferred to the Quebec Regimental Depot in Bramshott. Still suffering from the effects of gas poisioning he proceeded to Canada on medical leave from 12 March 1918 to 12 May 1918. He was retained in Canada and was granted temporary rank of Major and employed with the M.D. No. 5. until he was discharged by reason of general demobilization on 19 December 1919.

During a medical hearing board it was determined that Major Boutelle was suffering from gas burns to the buttocks and groin and would have a permanent disability from the effects of gas, however he could return to his present duties at M.D. No. 5.

James Herbert Boutelle passed away on 09 December 1950 at the age of 72.