- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada
- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Personal symbol
- Department Arms and Technology
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1919/07/26
- Latest 1919/09/01
- Inscription 177544 SJT. J. MCVITY. 87-CAN. INF.
- Support loose
- Materials Silver, Copper, Silkworm silk
- Rank Sergeant
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Unit 87th Canadian Infantry Battalion
- Person / Institution Subject, McVity, Sergeant James
- Measurements Length 15.2 cm, Width 7.6 cm, Thickness 0.3 cm
- Caption James McVITY
- Additional Information Born in Aylmer, Québec, in 1896, McVity was attested in the Canadian Grenadier Guards, Overseas Battalion, otherwise referred to as the 87th Battalion, in November 1915. He was killed in action on 18 November 1916 during operations at Regina Trench.
- Caption Medals Project- McVity, James
James McVity (sometimes spelt McVeity) was born in Aylmer, Quebec, on 18 June 1896. He was the sixth of William and Liza McVity’s seven children.
A farmer, McVity enlisted in the 87th Battalion in Montréal, Quebec, on 13 November 1915. After initial training in Canada, his unit was shipped to England on SS Empress of Britain on 25 April 1916, embarking in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The battalion disembarked in Liverpool on 5 May 1916. Upon arrival in England, McVity, who held the rank of lance corporal, travelled with the 87th Battalion to Camp Bramshott, a Canadian military facility in Hampshire. He was promoted to corporal on 5 August 1916. McVity embarked for France six days later and was promoted to sergeant the following month. McVity was killed by shrapnel in France on 18 November 1916, as his unit attacked Desire Trench during the Battle of the Somme. His body was not recovered.
James McVity is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, on Vimy Ridge, in France.