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North West Canada Medal 1885 to an Assistant Surgeon Niven, 7th Fusiliers (Canine expert and also Father of Lt. Col. Hugh W. Niven, PPCLI)

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North West Canada Medal 1885 to an Assistant Surgeon Niven, 7th Fusiliers

 

North West Canada 1885, no clasp

Impressed naming to : Asst. Surgeon. J. S. Nevin. 7th. Fusiliers (surname mispelled).

Nearly extremely fine.

Appears on published roll and pay lists for the period. James S. Niven. He appears under the list of physicians for London's 1887 buiness directory, residing at 423 Colborn Street. Also appears on ancestry.com as James Simpson Niven. Born 1847. He married Lily Young. Author of The American Book of the Dog, published 1896. Dr. James S. Nivens of London, Ontario, Canada was born on the 13th of December, 1847 at Chrome Hill, Lisburn, Ireland. He is a son of Richard Niven and Eliza Boomer. After having received a careful preliminary training at Belfast College, James S. Nivens subsequently matriculated at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland from which institution he graduated in due course in medicine. He has been assistant surgeon of the 7th Fusiliers since 1872; and was in active service during the Riel rebellion of 1885. He was a member of the the staff of the general hospital at London, Ontario from 1877 to 1884. During the last named year (1884) he was alderman of the city of London, Ontario. Since 1870 Dr. Niven has been actively connected with Freemasonry. In politics he has always been true to the cause of Liberal-Conservatism. In religion he is a staunch member of the Church of England; and he has been twice married. Dr. Niven has taken a very active interest in all matters connected with the advancement and breeding of dogs. He has imported Gordon Setters, Spaniels and Irish Terriers and has carried off many prizes with these dogs, both in Canada and at the principle shows in the United States. he has also acted as judge at many shows, and is considered an authority on all canine questions.

Taken from the book --- A Cyclopedia of Canadian Biography: being chiefly men of the time. 

James Niven died on the 25th January 1916 of Plural Pneumonia at home. His son, Hugh Wilderspin Niven, joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Lieutenant, promoted to Lt. Colonel, was awarded the D.S.O. & Bar and also the Military Cross and (3) Mention in Dispatches during WW1. He was wounded multiple times and also went continued to serve post war in the Permanent Force. At one time during WW2 he was the C.O.

Provenance DNW December 2006