According to the first set dated September 3, 1915 at Toronto, Shadrack Jesson was born on September 8, 1882 in Birmingham, England. He listed his wife Maggie Jesson, Humber Bay, Ontario as his next of kin. He was a carpenter and book maker. He had 3 years of previous military experience with the 1st Battalion Royal Worcestershire Regiment. He was 32 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall. He had grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He had a tattoo of a "Lady's head and mans legs" on his right arm. He was a member of the Church of England.
His second set of papers are dated November 16, 1915 at Toronto. Differences include his birth in Staffordshire, England; his previous military experience with the 29th Worcestershire Regiment; and the fact that his eyes are now considered blue and that he has no distinctive marks.
In the 1911 census he and his family are listed as living on Queen Street, Humber Bay. The family were from England and emigrated to Canada in 1906. He is listed as a brick maker.
In the 1921 Toronto city directory he is listed as a shoemaker living on the south side of Queen Street, Humber Bay.