Wow - never seen a Canadian service record before - 56 pages of it! I suspect that the Canadian "Army" (officially, the Militia, it seems!) would have followed UK War Office practice so I'll bet that the UK files would have been as big to start with and there has been massive weeding of pages at various points in the history of the UK files.
I have been trying to work out what happened with pensions in the British Army but there doesn't seem to be a clear, single page statement. If anyone knows of one, please shout up
! The point is that there are / were 2 sorts of pension - disability pensions and (long) service pensions. It seems easy to find lots of stuff about disability pensions - less so about service pensions. https://archive.org/details/thewarpensionsallow00hoggrich
is a book entitled War Pensions and Allowances
but does seem to refer only to disability pensions.
There is a post on the Great War Forum that reads:
Pension ages other ranks, 1914 Pay Warrant:
after 14 years eligible service if discharged invalided
after 14 years ditto ..................................... on reduction of establishment, except reservists who have rejoined colours
after 18 years if discharged for benefit of public service
after 21 years.
From this, I interpret that the default period of service required for entitlement to a (long) service pension was 21y in 1914, with potential reduction to 18 or 14 depending on circumstances of discharge. It therefore suggests
that people who served for (roughly) the duration of WW1 would not
be entitled to a service
pension. However, such people, if wounded, might
be entitled to disability pensions - or if killed, their dependants might receive a pension.
Returning to John James, sheet 17 of his file shows that he was discharged with no
disability. However, this might not mean he wouldn't have got a disability pension, as the Long Long Trail website warns that soldiers might come back later, even if discharged ostensibly fit, and request a disability pension.
So applying British
logic to a Canadian
situation (major health warning!) I'm highly dubious that he would have got a service pension and dubious that he'd have got a disability pension.
This is the best I can do to set expectations - you really need an expert in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.....