Category Archives: surname C

Private Frederick Thomas Charlton

Private  Frederick Thomas Charlton served in the 2nd battalion (Ottawa) with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory medal.

He was born on April 29 1897 in Eastman, London, England

He enlisted on September 23rd 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec in the 2nd battalion G company. (He was a minor)

Trade : tanner

Religion : Church of England  Status : single

Height : 5′ 8″  Weight : 136 lbs

Eyes : blue Hair : brown

Name of the mother : Alfred Charlton Address : Whitby, Ontario

He embarked on SS Cassandrian in Quebec City, Quebec on September 30th, 1914. The ship arrived in Gaspe Basin on October 2nd. They departed on October 4th. They arrived in England on October 15th. Arrived on Salisbury Plain on October 25th.

November 14th:The 2nd battalion is inspected by the King. They did drill, physical training and musket training. They began to practice attack at regimental level around mid-December.

February 4th, 1915 : The 2nd battalion is inspected by the King.

February 7th : The battalion proceeded to Amesbury. They arrived in Avenmouth on the 8th. And then embarked on the SS Blackwell

February 11th : They disembarked in St Nazaire, France. They Arrived in Armentieres on February 17th.

February 22nd : He was hospitalized for ulcer at a toe (probably because of too much marching)

August 3rd : He was transferred to the 2nd battalion and joined the unit on the 7th.

August 31st : He was wounded in the field (probably by a sniper). He was transferred to the Casualty Clearing Station on September 1st “While digging trenches was hit in right side of the chest by a rifle bullet. He was in hospital about 2 ½ months”

October 1st : He was transferred to England

He was declared medically unfit on January 6th, 1916. He sailed to Canada on SS Missanabe on the next day

March 25th : He was admitted to the Central military Convalescent hospital

April 3rd : His father enlisted in the 182nd battalion (868093)

He enlisted a second time in the Royal Canadian Dragoon on September 29th, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario (number 550284). It was not rare to see someone enlisting a second after being discharged or refused to serve.

September 30th : He embarked on SS Missanabe and arrived in England on October 13th.

May 5th, 1917 : He was transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regiment (Depot regiment)

April 19th, 1918 : He was granted permission to marry to Adelaide Charlton

December 5th : He embarked on the H.M.T. Minnedosa and arrived in St John New Brunswick on December 14th.

He was discharged on January 15th, 1919

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Private and police constable John Campbell

Private John Campbell  served with the 1st battalion Scots Guards during the Boers War and in World War One. Between those two conflicts he served as a police constable with the city of Glasgow, Scotland. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal clasps Belfast, Orange Free State, Belmont, the King South Africa Medal, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1903 Visit to Scotland Medal.

Private John Campbell medals

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John Campbell was born in Paisley, Renfrew, Scotland on March 9th, 1875, His father was James Campbell and his mother was Janet Hamilton.

1881 Scotland Census: He was living at 11 Castle Street in Paisley, Scotland. He had 4 sisters and 2 brothers

1891 Scotland Census: He was living at 105 Causeyside in Paisley, Scotland. He had 6 sisters and 3 brothers

He enlisted in the 1st battalion Scots Guards on December 28th, 1893. He said that he had some previous military service with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders. He joined the regiment in London on January 3rd. He was a laborer

Height: 5’ 10’’               weight: 135 lbs.           eyes: hazel       hair: dark brown

On June 12th, 1894 he completed his certificate of education 3rd class

July 1st, 1895: He was found sleeping at his post and was confined to his room. On August 6th, he was convicted to 49 days of prison. He returned to duty on August 24th.

Boers’ War

October 16th, 1899: The 1st Battalion Scots Guards was inspected by the Prince of Wales at Chelsea Barracks

October 21st: The battalion left Chelsea barracks and entrained at Nine Elm Station. They were part of the Guards Brigade with the 1st Division. They embarked on the Nubia and arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on November 13th.

November 21st: At 4h00 the battalion started advancing toward Belmont (12 miles).

Map showing Scots Guards position before the attack on Spur Hill

Red rectangle shows the objective – Red Arrow show the path the regiment followed for the attack

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November 23rd: At 2 a.m. the battalion paraded and advanced to the rendezvous point at 3:15 a.m. The battalion launched its attack on Spur Hill, near Belmont at around 4 a.m.. Near the top, confronting a fierce Boers’ opposition they fixed bayonet for last push. Private John Campbell was severely wounded at both arms and on his side in that charge. During that particular attack the Scots Guard suffered many casualties 3 officers and 51 other ranks dead, 23 officers and 220 other ranks wounded.

Drawing showing Scots Guards assault on Spur Hill

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He was sent back to United Kingdom and transferred to the 3rd battalion on January 17th, 1900

He was sent to South Africa and transferred to the 1st battalion on May 23rd.

He received his first Good Conduct Pay on March 18th 1901

He was back in United Kingdom on August 22nd 1902. Shortly after his arrival, he was transferred to the 3rd battalion (reserve) on September 9th.

He joined the Renfrewshire police on September 8th and he was stationed in Port Glasgow.

On January 5th, 1903 he was caught drunk on duty and was absent from the station from 7:20 am until 3 pm the next day. He was fined 2 days without pay.

He was part of a detachment sent to the City of Glasgow for the Royal visit in Scotland around May 14th. He would receive his King Edward VII Police (Scotland) Medal 1903 in March of 1904.

The Royal Proclamation for the Royal visit in Scotland

Glasgow proclamation

November 27th: He was caught drunk on duty a second time and this time he struck Sergeant McLean. He was dismissed the next day.

He reengaged with the Scots Guards on December 25th, 1905 to complete 16 years term.

On December 31st, 1907 he married Rosina McKellar in Glasgow. She was a servant and born in 1884. He was working with the Caledonian Railway Company as a railway brakeman

He was discharge from the army on December 24th, 1909

1911 Scotland Census: He was living with his wife at 116 Barclay Street in Paisley, Scotland. They had no kid.

World War One

He re-enlisted in the Scots Guards on July 2nd 1915. At the time he was living at 17 Barclay Street in Paisley, Scotland. Together with his wife Rosina, they had no children.

He entered France on October 7th and was transferred to the 2nd battalion on October 26th.

January 1916: The battalion spent the whole month near the villages Meville, they were shelled most of the day but this was very ineffective.

September 15th: Both battalions were part of a major attack that was not a success. It lasted until the 17th. They were sent to rest of the 18th. (2nd battalion 16 killed, 125 wounded and 28 missing)

The battalion launched a second attack to gain the missed objective of Leboeuf and Gueudecourt of September 15th, they suffered even more casualties 42 killed, 200 wounded and 88 missing

January-February 1917: No major fighting during that period but just a series of skirmishes and artillery bombardment.

March: The Germans retrieved their troops from the Hinderburgh Line and they provoked a series of small attacks from the British on their lines. Both Scots Guards regiment saw some fighting during that period.

June: Second Battle of Ypres

He was on leave to United Kingdom from July 9th 1917 to the 19th. He was then absent without permission from July 21st to the 23rd. He was fined with 3 days forfeit pay.

July 22nd: Germans launched a gas attack that continued until the 26th. On the 25th, Scots Guards launched their attack to raid the German lines. 6 killed. 28 wounded and 132 gassed

July 31st. Third Battle of Ypres. The 2nd battalion launched its attack at around 6:30 am, 38 minutes after 0 hours and suffered less casualties. He was wounded to the head by a gun shot. He was later admitted that day to the 47th Casualty Clearing Station. He was transferred to the 57th General hospital in Boulogne the next day and then to another hospital in Boulogne on August 9th.

October 8th: The 2nd battalion relieved the 1st and got into their position to lead next day’s attack. They are going to be relieved on the 13th.

November 24th: The battalion was sent to the lines for the Battle of Cambrai and take Bourlon Woods. They suffered many casualties but much less than their previous engagement.

November 30th: The Germans counter-attacked and both battalions were thrown back in the battle in order to stop the Germans advance. They were taken out of the lines on December 11th and had a quiet rest of December.

On February 9th, 1918, he was transferred to the 3rd battalion (reserve) and sent to England.

On March 6th, 1919, he was transferred back the 1st battalion and was discharged in London on June 11th.

He died on January 27th, 1932. He was struck by and engine of a railway train at Wallneuck Junction. He had a fracture skull, compound fractures and multiple injuries to the body. He was a foreman with a railway company

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Private William Barry Cook

Private William Barry Cook served with the 59th battalion- Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1. He is entitled the the british War Medal and his enlistment number was 454702.

He was born on February 10th, 1872 in Military Headquarters of Western India

1911 Canadian census : Living at 185 Prescott with Agnes Scott. He had two daughter Gladys (3) and Nora (1)

June 24th, 1915 : He enlisted as a private in Smith Falls, Ontario. He had four sons who were age 18, 15, 5 and 6

Religion : Church of England     Status : married       Height : 5′ 6″

Eyes : brown         Hair : dark       Weight : 151 lbs       Trade : plasterer

Name of his wife : Agnes Ann Cook Address : 185 Prescott avenue, Toronto

On his enlistment paper he stated that he had 14 years of service with the Royal Engineers. According to his discharge paper, he was entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal, India General Service medal 1856 clasp Hazara 1891, India General Service clasps Chitral 1895 and Tirah 1897 and the Egypt medal 1898. I did research this gentleman and he is not on the medals roll for the Sudan campaign with Royal Engineer .

August 25th : He sailed from Montreal on SS Scandinavian. Arrived in England on September 5th

September 5th : He transferred to the 39th battalion

October 8th : He was promoted to acting-corporal

April 10th, 1916 : He was admitted to Moore’s Barracks

September 2nd : He was discharged to Canada and sailed to Canada on September 5th

October 2nd : Discharged in Québec

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Private William Barry Cook British War Medal

Private Montague Chambers

Private Montague Chambers served in the 42nd battalion Black Watch (Montreal) during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 192659. His War Service Badge class “A” number was 93031.

he was born on September 8th 1880 in London, England      Trade : tailor

Religion : Church of England   Status : married    Hair: black

Eyes : brown     Weight : 140 lbs      Height : 5′ 3″

Name of his wife : Violet Chambers   Address :  20 Ottawa street,  Toronto

August 3rd, 1915 : He enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in the 92nd battalion as a bugler

November 27th, 1915 : He sailed from Halifax on S.S. Lapland

December 5th, 1915 : He was transferred to the 43rd battalion

January 28th, 1916 : He was transferred to the 17th battalion

He arrived with the 42nd battalion beginning of March.

March 15th : Left for France with the 42nd battalion. They arrived in the trenches near Ypres

May 18th : he was admitted to the 10th Canadian Field Ambulance. He was discharged on June 7th.

September 20th : Admitted at the hospital for pyrexia of unknown origin. Discharged from hospital on November 11th.

April 9th, 1917: Battle of Vimy Ridge.

April 1918: From April 12th to May 7th the battalion was on the front line making that stay at the front line, their longest stay of WW1.

August 8th : First day of the Battle of Amiens. The battalion was bivouacked in the rear lines. They joined the front line on August 11th.

August 26 : First day of the battle of Scarpe, they joined the front line the next day.

September 26th : First day of the battle of the Canal du Nord, the battalion was in the rear lines. During the night of the 28th, they moved to the front and launched their attack on the Douai-Cambrai road the next day, the 29th.

November: The battalion has been assigned the task of recapturing the city of Mons before the ceasing of hostilities at 11:00. By day break the battalion had mopped the city and established outpost on the eastern outskirt of the city

March 1st, 1919 : Battalion entrained at Liphook Station for Liverpool where they sailed for Canada on the R.M.S. Adriatic

March 1st 1919: Embarked on RMS Adriatic and arrived in Halifax on March 9th. They entrained for Montreal and arrived on March 11th. He was demobilized in Toronto, Ontario

Address after demobilisation : 29 Gibson street, Toronto, Ontario

September 22nd, 1958 : Died

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Private Montague Chambers WW1 medals

Private Joseph Bernard Campbell

Joseph Bernard Campbell served during WW1 with the 87th battalion with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.  He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 145245.

He was born on December 6th, 1897 in Buckingham, Quebec

Trade : moulder       Religion : Roman Catholic     Status : single

Height : 5’8″     Eyes : brown     Hair : blond      Weight : 130 lbs

Name of his mother : Mrs A Campbell living at 53 Ottawa street, Ottawa

1901 : Canadian census taken in Buckingham, Quebec

Head : Bernard Murphy born in August of 1841

Wife : Julianna Murphy born on March 27 1854

Son : William L. Murphy born on May 6 1873

Son : Edmond Joseph Murphy born on March 10 1880

Grand son : Bernard Campbell born on December 6th 1898 (different date of birth from his attestation paper)

October 6th, 1915 : Enlisted in Rockcliffe Park, Ottawa, Ontario in the 77th battalion. He was most certainly a minor when he enlisted, this would explain the discrepancies between the birth year in the 1901 census and on his Attestion Form. He had 3 months of previous military service with the 70th battalion (Hull)

Joseph Bernard Campbell Attestion Form with the C.E.F.

June 19th,  1916 : Embarked on the SS Missanabe. Disembarked in Liverpool, England on June 28th.

July 4th : Transferred to the 87th battalion.

August 11th : Embarked for France on the Archangle. Disembarked in Havre, France on the 12th at 7:15 am. Arrived in the trenches on the 18th.

October 21th : Gun shot wound at the wrist. Wounded in the attack of Regina trenches. Hospitalized at he Graylingwell Hospital in Chichester from October 24th to November 29th. Excerpt from his medical report “Small wounds of entry, exit in wrist, no fracture palpable but wrist very stiff ….. hand smoother, temp. Normal, slight movement in fingers”

Transferred to Woodcote Park in Epsom from November 29th until January 15th, 1917

July 26th, 1918 : The attack started at 12:05 and by 12:15 Regina trench was captured. The unit was shelled early on the evening, he was wounded (shell wound left arm) and evacuated at the 7th Canadian Casualties Clearing Station.

From the war diary of the 87th battalion : “During the attack and the two following days there were 281 casualties, all ranks including all but one officer who participated in the attack”

Excerpt from Best O’Luck written by Alexander McClintock, sergeant 87th battalion : “It seemed almost certain death to start over in broad daylight, yet, as it turned out, the crossing of No man’s land was accomplished rather more easily than in our night raids. Our battalion was on the extreme right of the line and that added materially to our difficulties first by compelling the advance through mud so deep that some of our men sank to their hips in it and second by giving the hottest little spot in France to hold later.”

Hospitalized at the Mile End military Hospital from August 8th until September 25th. Transferred to Woodcote Park in Epsom from September 25th until October 30th.

Transferred to the Quebec Regiment Depot in Bramshott

February 1st : Embarked in Liverpool, England on SS Carmenia. Arrived in Halifax on February 9th.

February 28th, 1919 : Demobilised in Ottawa, Canada

August 11th : Re-enlisted in Ottawa in the Canadian Military Staff Clerk. Promoted corporal

November 11th : Promoted Sergeant

January 31st, 1920 : Demobilised

Picture of Private Joseph Bernard Campbell

An article about him in the Buckingham Newspaper

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Private Arthur Clark

Private Arthur Clark served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number is 535653

Born on August 19th 1891 in Bristol, England

Trade : painter       Religion : Church of England      Status : married

Height : 5′ 7″        Eyes : grey    Hair: brown             Weight : 140 lbs.

Name of his wife : Rose Clark  and she was living at 376 Wellington street, Toronto, Ontario

May 1st 1916 : Enlisted in the Sanitary Section 4th Canadian division in Toronto, Ontario

May 29th, 1916 : Arrived in England on SS Empress of Britain

June 6th : Detailed to Canadian prisoners for 1st Workers sanitary training course

August 16th : Sent to France

December 11th : Admitted to the 12th Canadian Field Ambulance for influenza. Discharged on December 16th.

August 8th, 1917 : Admitted to the 11th Canadian Field Ambulance. Transferred to the 6th Canadian Casulties Clearing Station on August 11th. Transferred to the 6th Convalescent Depot on August 17th. Discharged to camp on August 20th.

October 6th : Taken on strength with the 4th Canadian Sanitary Section

November 17th : Returned to Canada on SS Saxonia

In December he had 7 children, the eldest was 14

January 21st, 1918 : Discharged

Died on March 20th, 1927 at St-Christie’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, He is buried in Prospect Cemetery, Veteran’s Section Section 7, grave 2173

Private Clarke – Farm Records (Cause of death)

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A Memorial Cross was sent to his mother Elizabeth Clark St Michael’s Hill, Bristol, England.

September 17th : Memorial Plaque was despatched to his widow. Although there is no note in his file, his wife should have also received a Memorial Cross. She was living at 376 Wellington st west, Toronto

January 31st, 1928 : The Memorial Scroll was despatched to his widow. (Usually the Memorial Scroll and the Memorial Plaque were despatched at the same time, I do not know why they were sent separatly)

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Private Arthur Clarke Victory Medal

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Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Henry Carr

Lieutenant- Colonel Charles Henry Carr served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during World War One and in what was then India in 1919. He is entitled to the 1914 Star, the British War medal, The Victory Medal and the India General Service Medal clasp North-West Frontier 1919.

He was born on 20th September 1873 inYoughal, County Cork

March 21st, 1898: He registered for the first time as a surgeon. He graduated from the University of Dublin

May 30th, 1900: He was promoted Lieutenant

1901-1902: He served in West Africa

May 30th 1903: Promoted Captain

1903-1908: He served in India

1911 United Kingdom Census: Married to Edith France Carr and they had no children. He was living in Handover, Hampshire.

May 30th 1912: Promoted Major and he was stationed at the Commanding Station Hospital in Jullunder, India.

1914: His son, Charles B. Argaville DeVoeux, was born that year. He was married with Edith Frances Carr.

August 17th 1914: He disembarked in France.

August 9th 1915: He arrived from England.

1916 : At St David’s Military Hospital Malta.

May 2nd 1917 Mobilised St David’s Military Hospital as No 62 General Hospital, and brought its strength to war time establishment.

July 4th: He embarked for Salonika in command of No 62 General Hospital on the HMTS Ship Abbassieh which sailed out of the Grand Harbour escorted by HMS Aster and HMS Azalea. Both escorts struck mines eleven miles out of Malta, and HMTS Abbassieh returned to Malta and anchored at Marsaxlokk Harbour.

July 6th: HMT Ship Abbassieh with Nos 61, 62, and 64 General Hospitals sailed out of Marsaxlokk Harbour escorted by two destroyers. The staff was given their first inoculation against cholera.

July 11th: Appointed Acting Lieutenant-Colonel. HMTS Abbassieh arrived at Suda Bay Crete on 9 July, where all the staff were issued with quinine grs X, as prophylaxis against malaria. They arrived at Salonika Harbour, on 11 July 1917. All the women and doctors were transferred to the hospital ship Llandovery Castle.

January 1918: He was serving as Officer Commanding the 62nd General Hospital in Italy when he applied for the 1914 Star in January 1918

April 7th: Promoted Lieutenant-Colonel

January 1920: He was at the Nowshera British Station Hospital in Peshawar, India

September 20th 1928: He was put on Retired Pay

1943 May 31st: His son, Charles B. Argaville DeVoeux, was killed in an accident while serving with to the York and Lancaster Regiment but attached to the 6th Bn The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment

He died 25th December 1961 in Worthing, Sussex

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Private Lawson Crichton

Private Lawson Crichton served in the 1885 Egypt campaign at Suakin with 2nd battalion Scots Guards. He is entitled to the 1882 Egypt medal (clasp Suakin 1885) and the Khedive’s Star 1884-86. His enlistment number was 5361.

He was born October of 1861 in Glasgow, Scotland

1861 United Kingdom Census: Listed as living at 4 Dunlop Street in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

Father : William Crichton     Mother : Agnes Crichton

He had one sister

1871 United Kingdom Census: Listed as living at 6 Robertson Place in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

He had on sister and two brothers

1881 United Kingdom Census: Listed as living at 41 Robertson Place in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire

Trade : Coal miner

March 19th, 1883: Enlisted in the Scots Fusiliers Guards in Glasgow, Scotland.

Religion: Presbyterian        Trade : Engine man

Height: 5′ 10″     Weight : 163 lbs.      Eyes : blue      Hair: brown

August 1883: Hospitalized for gonorrhoea

April 1885: Hospitalized

February 21st, 1885: Paraded at Wellington Barracks before embarking for Egypt

March 9th: Posted to an outpost position near Suakin (nightly harassment)

May 8th: Received their Khaki clothing (first time in the regiment)

May 16th: Battalion embarked for Alexandria

July 8th: Left Egypt for Cyprus where they arrived on July 11th. They stayed there until September 10th

September 11th: Back home

October 1887: Hospitalized for gonorrhoea

1901 United Kingdom Census: Listed as living at 65 Canal St in Paisley, Renfrewshire

Trade: Cloth Finisher. He is married and have four children

Wife: Mary           Daughter : Mary, Agnes and Jane           Son : William

Served at home with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders from March 31st, 1915 until March 24th, 1916 (not entitled to medals). His number was 4820

His WW1 Medal Index Card showing service only in United Kingdom

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Private Hector Chartrand

Private Hector Chartrand served during WW1 in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces with the Eastern Ontario Regiment. He is entitled to the British War Medal only and his enlistment number was 3320682.

Born on January 27th 1888 in Aylmer, Quebec

Trade : labourer     Religion : Roman Catholic    Status : Single

Height : 5′ 6″        Eyes : blue      Hair : brown          Weight : 128 lbs.

March 31st, 1901 Canadian census taken in Aylmer, Quebec. He was living on Brest street with ;

Father : Robert (March 15th, 1864)  Mother : Georgina (November 15th, 1877)

Sister : Arminège (January 26th, 1890)   Sister : Isabelle (January 3rd, 1899)

Grand-mother : Bazzilissa Chartrand (March 27th, 1813)

June 1st, 1911 : Canadian census taken in Aylmer, Quebec : His mother was the head of the family and had one sister, Victorine who was born in October 1901. He was working at the sawmill.

March 8th 1918 : Admitted to St Luke Hospital in Ottawa (gonorrhoea). Discharged from hospital on April 30th

April 26th : Enlisted on in Ottawa, Ontario

June 28th : Embarked on the City of Vienna.

July 10 : Re-embarked on the Thongwa. Arrived in England on July 22nd. Transferred to the 6th Canadian Reserve batt.

June 23rd, 1919 : Embarked in Liverpool, England on SS Belgic. Arrived in Halifax on July 1st.

July 3rd : Discharged

October 24, 1971 : Died. Buried in St – Paul cemetery in Aylmer, Quebec on October 27, 1971

Obituary – Journal Le Droit – Lundi le 25 octobre 1971 – page 32

Chartrand – M Hector A du 123 Augusta est décédé dans un hôpital local Dimanche le 24 octobre 1971 à l’âge de 83 ans. Outre son épouse Alice Pombert, il laisse deux fils Gérard et Jean d’Ottawa ; une soeur : Mme Anne Leclerc de Tee Lake ainsi que deux petits enfants : Pierre et Lynne et une arrière petite fille : Nathalie-Anne et plusieurs neveux et nièces. La dépouille repose à la maison funéraire Racine, Robert Gauthier, 260 rue Besserer d’où aura lieu le départ à 8h40 le mercredi 27 octobre pour service à 9h en l’église Ste-Anne. Inhumation au cimetière St-Paul d’Aylmer.

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Picture of his gravestome in St-Paul Cemetery

Matron Sister Edith Campbell R.R.C., M.M., M.I.D.

Matron Edith Campbell served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the Military Medal, the Royal Red Cross first class, the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1935 Jubilee Medal. Her medals are at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

Matron Campbell does probably have the most interesting WW1 medals group for a Canadian woman. Only 9 of them received the Military Medal, she also got the 1914 Star which is also very rare for a Canadian, she got Mentionned in Dispatches twice. I do not know if her medals group is unique for a Canadian woman but I can say for sure, I can count identical group to this one on one hand.

Matron Edith Campbell medals (Royal Red Cross not shown on the picture)

Picture source – Canadian Museum of Civilization website

Technically Matron Campbell should have received the Military Cross instead of the Military Medal (first medal to the left).

Picture of a Military Cross

The Military Cross was awarded to Officer only and the Military Medal was awarded to non-commission officer or civilian. Matron Campbell had the rank of Captain and was an officer but at that time Canada did not have a Medals and Honour System. Bravery medals were issued by the British Governement with their system. In the British Army, nurses were not officer but rather civilian with no military rank so they were not permitted to receive the Military Cross.

If a British nurses did a bravery action, she received the Military Medal. So the British Government just applied the same rule to Canadian Matron and Nursing Sister, never taking into account that Canadian nurses were Officer and not civilian, so they awarded them the Military Medal.

She was born in November 1871 in Montreal, Quebec

Enlisted on September 24th, 1914 in Quebec, Quebec. She left Canada onboard the H.M.T. Franconia and arrived in United Kingdom on October 24th.                                              

Height : 5′ 7″       Weight : 130 lbs.     Religion : Church of England

Eyes : Brown       Hair : Brown

Sister : W. S. Clouston          Address : Pointe – Claire, Quebec

She was Mentionned in dispatches on June 22nd, 1915 (London Gazette 29200)

She received her Royal Red Cross 1st class  June 22nd (London Gazette 29202)

She was Mentionned in dispatches a second time on December 20th, 1917 (London Gazette 30448)

Transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on February 11th.

May 31st, 1918 : The 1st Canadian General Hospital stationned in Etaple, France was bombed by German aviation. Matron Edith Campbell showed bravery in her actions by attending wounded sisters regardless of personal danger.

She received her 1914 Star on June 8th

Military Medal London Gazette 30917 September 24th citation « for gallantry and devotion to duty during an enemy air raid. Regardless of personal danger she attended to the wounded sisters and by her personal example inspired the sisters under her  charge»

Sailed from Liverpool, England to Canada on April 14th, 1919 on the ship SS Olympia.

She was demobilised on November 26th.

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Lieutenant George Davidson Christie

Lieutenant George Davidson Christie served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914 Star, the British War medal, the Victory medal and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal. His enlisted as a Private and his number is 15948.

November 1880 Born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Trade : clerk       Religion : Church of England   Hair : brown

Height : 5’5”       Weight : 116 lbs.       Eyes : brown

March 31st 1891 Scotland census : Living in Edinburgh with his father and grandfather

March 31st, 1901 United Kingdom census : Living with his parents in Southampton at 116 John Park Terrace. He was a brewery clerk

July 15th : Enlisted in the RAMC in Winchester. He stated three years of previous military service with the Royal Scots

October 25th : Appointed 3rd class orderly

March 1st, 1902 Appointed Lance-corporal

June 5th : Left for South Africa for the Boers’ War. He arrived too late to qualify for the Queen South Africa medal

April 1903 : Posted in Mauritius.            November 14th : Promoted corporal

mid-june 1904 : Back in South Africa

June 1st, 1905 : Promoted sergeant

April 5th, 1906 : Sailed back from Africa

July 6th, 1907 : Transferred to the Colonial Office in Northern Nigeria. He served there for 2 years 94 days. In 1907 the governor of Northern Nigeria was Percy Girouard, Canadian engineer who was in charge of the railway system during the Boers’ war.

October 1908 : Last semester of the year : Married in Elise Johanna Kibles in Ulverston

August 10th, 1910 : Reengaged to complete his 21 years service period.

November 1st : Promoted Staff-sergeant

1911 UK census : Listed as living at Ladysmith Barracks

Daughter : Elise Louise born 1909       Son : Edgar Davidson born 1911

August 10th, 1914 : Promoted Quarter-Master Sergeant.

August 14th : Landed in France with the 10th British Stationary Hospital. The hospital was stationed in Le Mans until October when it moved to Clerques.

December 12th : Promoted Sergeant-Major

March 16th, 1915 : Transferred to the 14th Field Ambulance

December 7th : Transferred to the 14th British General Hospital which was in Wimereux

October 1st, 1917 : Awarded his Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal without gratuity (General Orders No 3123)

November 23rd : Transferred to the Native Labour General Hospital

July 5th, 1918 : Discharged from the army

July 18th : To be temporary Quartermaster with the rank of Honorary Lieutenant

WW1 pair were sent to 26 Cotton Vale, Bristol

1968 : Died (last semester)

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Lieutenant George Davidson Christie medal Index Card WW1

Lieutenant George Davidson Christie enlistment form WW1 (page 1)

Lieutenant George Davidson Christie enlistment form WW1 (page 2)

Private Benjamin Franklin Clancy

Private Benjamin Franklin Clancy served in WW1 in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces with the 24th battalion (Montreal Victoria Rifles). He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 213488.

Born on January 28th, 1898 in New York, U.S.A.

1911 Canadian Census : Listed as living in Hemmingford, Quebec with his uncle and aunt. Listed with him are probably his brother and sister. His name is misspelled in the census (Bengeman)

Educated at Hemmingford Model School.

Entered the service of the Canadian Bank of Commerce on 24th November, 1915.

Name of the father : Thomas M Clancy Address : 150E 128th avenue New York USA

Name of his sister : Bertie Clancy Address : 22 Rue Crescent, Montreal

March 9th 1917 : Enlisted in Richmond, Eastern Township, Quebec in the 5th Canadian Cyclist Reserve battalion

Trade : bank clerk

Religion : Methodist   Status : Single       Hair: brown

Eyes : brown           Weight : 160 lbs       Height : 5′ 9″

May 3rd : Sailed from Halifax on board HMS Justicia, arrived in England on May 14th.

June 19th : Transferred to the 24th battalion. Arrived in France on September 2nd.

November 11th : Admitted at the 26th British General Hospital from until the 20th for a contusion at his right feet. Transferred to the 1st British Western General Hospital in Fakarley on November 19th.

August 21st : Admitted at the 12th Canadian General Hospital until the 28th for a laceration at his lower lips. Returned to his battalion on September 5th.

December 27th, 1919 : Hospitalized at the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance for appendicitis until January 6th.

January 23rd : Hospitalised at the Graylingwel, Chichester from until February 13th for appendicitis.

February 13th : Admitted at the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital until April 4th to have an ablation of the appendicitis.

May 18th : Sailed from South Hampton, England on board the ship SS Aquitania, arrived in Halifax on May 25th

May 28th : Demobilized in Montreal

Address after demobilization : Saint-Jacobs Hotel, Richmond Quebec

Address of his bank after demobilization: Commerce Bank at the corner of Crescent and Saint-Catherine.

Returned to duty with the Bank, 18th July, 1919.

In his military service file at one place, there is a note that says that he was, at one point, a Lance-corporal.

February 26th 1946 : Died in Montreal (from the Ottawa Citizen)

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 Benjamin Franklin Clancy WW1 medals

Nursing Sister Christina Campbell

Born on August 17th, 1877 in Beauly Inverness, Scotland

Height : 5′ 7″ Weight : 137 lbs.         Religion : Roman Catholic

Enlisted on September 16th, 1915 in London, England.

Taken on strength at the 2nd Canadian General Hospital on October 1st, 1915.

Proceeded to the 5th Canadian General Hospital in the Mediterranean sea.

Suffered from neurasthenia on June 26th, 1916.

Report from a medical board

June 6th, 1916 : insomnia – 3 months leave

July 7th, 1916 : insomnia – 6 weeks leave

Disembarked in Malta on June 12th, 1916.

Posted on the Llandovery Castle (Hospital ship) May 22nd, 1918.

Drowned in the sinking of the Llandovery Castle on June 27th,1918 at the age of 40.

Medals (1914-15 Star, British War medal, Victory medal) and Memorial Plaque and Scroll sent to her brother Angus Campbell 1008-1010 Government street Victoria, British Columbia

Memorial Cross : no one entitled

Private Stephen Cheeseman

Private Stephen Cheeseman served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Born on January 19th, 1891 in Puyallup, Washington, U.S.A.
Trade : School teacher           Religion : Methodist          Status : Married

Height : 6′       Eyes : brown        Hair : dark   Weight : 160 lbs.
Spouse’s name : Elizabeth Cheeseman     Address : Puyallup, Washington, USA

February 19th, 1915 : Enlisted in Victoria, British Columbia in the Canadian Army Medical Corps reinforcements. His serial number is in the block’s numbers that were allotted to the PPCLI reinforcement.

May, 5th : Proceeded overseas

February 7th, 1916: 8 days leave. Returned on the 21st.

March 1st : Taken on strength with the 3rd Canadian Field Ambulance

September 26th : Hospitalized at the 3rd Canadian Field Ambulance for Shrapnel wound in the back that he received in the attack of the brigade. Discharged on the 27th.

April 4th, 1917: Temporarily attached to the 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

May 13th : Struck of strength of the 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

October 1st : Granted 10 days leave

October 17th : He strained himself while unloading a marquee from the train at the Zuydicoote Sanatorium with the 1st Canadian Casualty Clearing Station

October 9th, 1918 : Granted 4 days leave to Scotland

February 11th, 1919: Evacuated sick

June 10th : Invalidated to Canada. Sailed on Essequibo

July 29th : Demobilized in Vancouver, British Columbia. Address given on demobilization 2513 Asquith street, Victoria, British Columbia

December 30th, 1925 : Married Edith Alberta Fee (from B.C. Archives Microfilm Number:  B13752)

August 2nd, 1961: Made a request War Veterans allowance

June 22nd, 1975 : Died in Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 80. Buried in Oak Burial Park – Grove Victoria, Falaise Drive Vancouver Island, British Columbia.grave A 634 – 633. Buried right beside France W. Cheeseman – No obituary

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Private Albert Campbell

Private Albert Campbell served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. As casualty of war his mother received the Memorial Cross, Memorial Plaque and the Memorial Scroll. His enlistment number was 02527

Born on February 8th, 1878 in Manchester, England
Trade : painter        Religion : Church of England    Status : married

Height : 5′ 7″       Weight : 135 lbs.     Eyes : blue      Hair : brown
Name of his wife : Sarah Ann Campbell                  Address : 616 Workman street Montreal, Quebec

June 30th, 1915 : Enlisted in the 2nd Canadian Field Ambulance in Montreal, Quebec

October 5th : Arrived in England on board the SS Corsican. Taken on strength at Shorncliffe hospital. Transferred to the 4th Canadian General Hospital on October 8th.

November 5th : Embarked for Alexandria on H.S. Carisbroke Castle. Disembarked in Salonika on November 11th.

April 28th, 1916 : Admitted to the 4th Canadian General Hospital in Salonica (Eczema). Returned back to duty on May 12th.
March 28th : Signed his testament. He gave everything to his wife
May 12th : Admitted to the 4th Canadian General Hospital. Discharged to duty on June 17th.

June 29th : Received the Good Conduct badge.

August 5th : Admitted to the 4th Canadian General Hospital (Puroxia of unknown origin). Discharged on August 16th.
September 9th : Arrived in Basingstoke, England

September 20th : He died at 9:00 p.m. from a pulmonary oedema (cardiac asthma) at the 2nd Eastern General Hospital in Brighton. Buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery Lancashire, United Kingdom Lot S. 115

His medals, Memorial Cross, Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll were sent to his wife at 88 Marin ave, Montreal, Quebec.

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Private Albert Campbell gravestone

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