Jairus Alexander Maus

Rank: 
Private
Regimental number: 
51354
Unit at enlistment: 
16th Battalion
Force: 
C.E.F.
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Volunteered
Survived the war: 
No
Wounded: 
Yes
Date of death: 
December 5th, 1915
Cemetery: 
Plains Church Cemetery, Paris, Ontario
Commemorated at: 
Paris District High School Memorial Plaque
Birth country: 
Canada
Birth county: 
Brant
Birth city: 
Paris, Ontario
Address at enlistment: 
Victoria, British Columbia
Next of kin address: 
Paris, Ontario
Trade or calling: 
Tailor
Religious denominations: 
Wesleyan
Marital status: 
Single
Age at enlistment: 
34

Letters and documents

Circumstances of Casualty: Died of Gunshot Wound # 4 General Hospital, Lincoln, England

BX December 6, 1915

Private Jarius Maus has given up His Life for His Country, News of His Death Was Received Today – Paris Man Lingered Long after Wounds Received at Langemarck. Brother-in-Law Is Officer of 84th Battalion Now Stationed Here – Was an Only Son

Private Jairus Maus son of Mr. Maus of Paris is the latest Brant County man to give up his life for his country. He was wounded at the battle of Langemarck, and since that time has been hanging between life and death. Despite the best of care lavished on him, his vitality slipped away, and this morning his father was notified of his death.

Private Maus enlisted at Victoria, B.C., being a member of the 16th Battalion. He is the only son, four sisters surviving with his parents, one of the sisters being the wife of Lieut. Monteith of the 84th Battalion here. 

BX December 27, 1915

Interred With Military Honors – Remains of Private Jairus Maus Honored in Death

The funeral of the late Private Jairus Maus, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Maus of Paris Plains, North, who died in Lincoln Hospital, England, of wounds received at Langemarck, just after the famous battle took place Friday morning from the Methodist church. Rev. Mr. Edwards, Methodist Church, Rev. Mr. Edwards, of the Ayr circuit, pastor of the family, conducted the service and was assisted by Rev. J.W. Brandon, J.C. Nicholson, J. Seton-Adamson and D.A. Armstrong, the church being filled with sympathizing relatives and friends. Members of the Paris Town Council, Brant County Council and South Dumfries Township Council, attended in a body. The funeral was in charge of the Paris members of the 125th Brant Battalion under Capt. Patterson and Lieut. Orr, the pallbearers being Privates Wickens, Sugrue, Blackman, Church, Fasken, Richardson, and Dye Davey. During the service at the church, Messrs. Mason, Foster, Hilborn and Oldham sang very feelingly “Sleep on Beloved, Sleep,” and Dr. Pearce rendered the “Dead March” in Saul, at the conclusion, the congregation standing. It was one of the most touching funerals ever held in the history of Paris. During the able address given by Rev. Mr. Edwards, there was hardly a dry eye in the church, strong men even weeping.
    
Private Maus was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Maus, and was born and grew to manhood on the Maus homestead, just north of Paris. He received his education in the Maus and Paris High School, after which he went west, where he made good. 

When the call came for volunteers he was one of the first to offer himself and enlisted at Victoria B.C., being attached to the 16th Battalion. He came through the battle of Langemarck and in writing home said – “It was a sad, sad roll call.”  The day following, supplies were needed for the men and the deceased offered to go and in going he received his wounds. He was taken eventually to the Military hospital at Lincoln, England, where he lingered for nearly eight months, death coming as a happy release from his suffering. His mother and sister, Miss Jean, went to Lincoln, Eng., to be near him and they brought his body home to be laid in the cemetery of his forefathers. After the service at the cemetery, the Last Post was sounded and a volley fired and the dead hero was laid away to wait the resurrection.

BX May 19, 1915

Word has been received by relatives in Paris that Pte. Jairus Maus, 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) has been wounded and is to be invalided home. His father, Henry Maus, is a farmer about three miles from Paris. Private Maus has been out west about seven years, and enlisted in Victoria. The 16th was recruited from Manitoba and British Columbia. 

BX December 27, 1915

Resolution to Deceased Hero – Brant County Council Honored Paris Man Who Died of Wounds

At the meeting of the Brant County Council on Friday afternoon last it was moved by Mr. R.J. Aitkin, seconded by Mr. Thomas Evans:

That this Council has learned with extreme regret of the death of Private Maus, son of ex-Warden Henry S. Maus, Esquire, Clerk of South Dumfries, of wounds received while fighting for the cause of the Allies in France.

That while we hereby express our deep sympathy with Mr. Maus and his family in their great personal loss and sorrow, yet we would place on record also our sense of the honor that is reflected on them in the great sacrifice, for the noble principles for which our Empire is contending at the present time, and our belief that in the midst of their mourning it must be a source of pride and comfort to know that their son’s life was given in a noble cause, while serving with courage and fidelity in the battle  for the right, as we see it, in the present great conflict. And that as a mark of respect this Council does adjourn to attend the funeral in a body, and that the Clerk does foreword a copy of this resolution to Mr. Maus.