Private Charles Reeves

Charles Reeves served in the 2nd battalion (Ottawa) Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal and the Victory Medal

He was born on September 1st, 1880 in Ventnor, Isle of Wight

1881 Census : address 14 Commercial Tap, Ventnor, Hampshire, England

Father : Edward Reeves born in 1845     Mother : Fanny Reeves born in 1844

Brother : Edward W. Reeves born 1875   Brother : George Reeves born in 1879

Brother : Thomas reeves born in 1877

The family had two lodger James Allen (1858) and Henry Arrow (1856)

March 31st, 1901 : He was single and a butcher assistant, living with his parent at 15th Surrey street in Ryde, Isle of Wright.

He enlisted on September 22nd, 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec in the 2nd battalion G company . His trade was barman. His wife was Alice Reeves and she was living at 188 Sulton Road, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Religion : Church of England        Height : 5′ 8″

Eyes : grey          Hair : pale        Weight : 152 lbs

September 30th  : He sailed from Quebec on the SS Cassandra. The ship arrived in Gaspe Basin on October 2nd and departed from there on October 4th.  They arrived in England on October 15th, disembarked around 10:00 pm and got on Salsbury Plain on the 16th.

November 14th : The 2nd battalion was 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 was inspected by the King again.

He was fined 2 $ on January 26th for being drunk in public

February 7th : Him and the regiment proceeded to Amesbury. They arrived in Avenmouth on the 8thand embarked on the SS Blackwell. They disembarked in St Nazaire, France on February 11th.

February 17th : The regiment arrived in Armentieres

March 12th : They were inspected by General Smith Dorien

April 23rd : They arrived in the St Julien sector for the St-Julien battle. 2nd battalion was heavily involved in the battle of St-Julien.

May 2nd : Rest standing at Arras

May 15th : He had a concussion after an artillery exploded near him

June 11th : Back to the trenches near Givenchy

June 17th : The 2nd battalion was relieved by the 7th batt. (heavily shelled during that stay)

June 28th : The battalion was back to the trenches

July 5th : Relieved by the 15th batt.

July 14th : Back to the trenches near Wulverghem

July 18th : Relieved by the East York Regiment

July 19th : Back to the trenches near Neuve Eglise

July 29th : They were relieved by the 16th batt.

August 7th : Back to trenches near Ploegesteert

August 27th : Relieved back to the billet

He was admitted to the 2nd Canadian Field Ambulance on September 4th. He was transferred to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital on September 17th and transferred to the Convalescent Depot on September 23rd. He was finnally shipped to England on October 23rd.

He was diagnosed with shell shock. He was transferred where he won’t have to go to the front line.

He was sent back to Canada because there is no more job for him in England. He embarked on the SS Metagama in Liverpool, England on January 4th, 1919 and arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick on January 16th.

He was demobilised on February 26th.

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

Private Charles Reeves British War Medal

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