Charles Raymond Armstrong MM

On the left prior to proceeding to England, on the right, probably taken in 1920

Photos courtesy of Stephen Carroll



Aug 12, 1893

Born at Lakefield Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59021 (temporary number 721)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Mary Ellen Armstrong (widowed mother) of Lakefield Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

o       Later noted as being Printer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later changed to “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembark at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Apr 10, 1916 

Received a gun shot wound to right wrist causing a compound fracture, and admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  Because the Medical Officer thought this wound appeared to be accidental in nature, a statement was requested as to how this happened.  Following is the statement given by Pte Armstrong: 

On April 10th I was one of a bombing party who manned a crater in front of our lines until dusk.  At dusk, about 7:00 pm, we went back to headquarters, but as no relief was ready, were ordered up again.  While working our way up under an exceptional heavy shell fire to the crater, and taking protection in shell holes, two high explosive shells fell quite close to me, the first one knocking me flat, getting up I heard another coming very close and pushed myself through a hedge with rifle in Right hand, then turned around and jerked the rifle through.  At the same moment the shell exploded about ten feet from me blowing me over in a hole.  Apparently the rifle went off while pulling it through the hedge, but as the shell must have exploded at the same time, and stunned me, I did not realize I was shot, and when I did know I was hurt, thought it was the shell or machine guns which were shooting very close. 

It was only when the dressing put on by stretcher bearers was being changed by the Medical Officer that he had called my attention to the powder marks around wound, saying it was likely caused by close rifle fire. 

It was not my own Medical Officer who remarked this or dressed my wounds, but one at Voormezeele whom I do not know.  Stretcher bearers took my rifle.  At the time of the accident we were advancing in scattered formation, about 20 or 30 paces apart, each choosing is own path, and it being dark, know of no one who witnessed the accident. 

This was signed by Pte Armstrong 


Apr 11, 1916

Transferred to 2nd Army Special Hospital


Apr 23, 1916

Transferred to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers


Apr 27, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Western Australia


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Apr 28, 1916

Admitted to Thorpe War Hospital at Norwich


May 31, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jul 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Oct 27, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France


Nov 3, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1916

Admitted to No 39 General Hospital at Havre, diagnosis NYD (Not Yet Determined), but was later changed to read Erythemia, an infection


Nov 21, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Nov 29, 1916

Proceeded to 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Dec 12, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA with ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection of left knee


Dec 14, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at No 4 CFA


Dec 23, 1916

Discharged from rest station to duty


Feb 21, 1917

Left to join unit


Feb 22, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion as a reinforcement


Mar 2, 1917

Attached to 4th CTMB (Canadian Trench Mortar Battery)


Apr 11, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA with contusion to left eye caused by shell explosion


Apr 13, 1917

Transferred to CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 16, 1917

Admitted to No 13 Stationary Hospital at No 1 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne with slight wound to eyelid


Apr 28, 1917

Transferred to Rest Camp


May 26, 1917

Posted to No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) Casualty Company


May 27, 1917

Posted to CGBD (Canadian Garrison Base Depot) for light duties


Jun 6, 1917

Rejoined the 4th CTMB


Jul 2, 1917

Returned to CGBD


Aug 4, 1917

Rejoined the 4th CTMB


Aug 14, 1917

Proceeded to 2nd Division Training Battalion


Aug 20, 1917

Rejoined the 4th CTMB


Oct 13, 1917

Ceases to be attached to 4th CTMB and rejoined the 21st Battalion


Nov 9, 1917

Admitted to No 12 CFA with ICT infection to legs and transferred same day to No 3 CCS which contained the CCRS (Canadian Corps Rest Station)


Nov 11, 1917

Transferred to No 56 General Hospital at Etaples


Nov 24, 1917

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Nov 29, 1917

Admitted to No 3 Rest Camp


Dec 2, 1917

Transferred to No 14, Convalescent Depot at Trouville


Jan 19, 1918

Discharged to Base Depot


Jan 21, 1918

Posted to the Casualty Company at No 2 CIBD


Feb 4, 1918

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Havre


Feb 14, 1918

Left CCRC to join unit


Feb 16, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Feb 22, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 11, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave


Apr 11, 1918


From the 21st Battalion War Diary


Jul 16, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #30797



Sep 17, 1918

Attached to the 2nd Cdn Div Salvage Company


Nov 14, 1918

Ceases to be attached and rejoined 21st Battalion


Nov 28, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA then transferred to No 44 CCS with Dysentery


Dec 3, 1918

Transferred to the CCS at Mons and diagnosis changed to read Urethritis (an infection of the Urethra)


Dec 4, 1918

Transferred to 1/3 Lowland Field Ambulance and diagnosis changed to read VDG (Gonorrhea)


Dec 5, 1918

Transferred to No 33 CCS


Dec 8, 1918

Transferred to No 51 General Hospital


Jan 17, 1919

TOS EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for Demobilization


May 22, 1919

TOS CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley pending return to Canada


May 23, 1919

Posted to “M” Wing for processing


Jun 25, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool for Canada and posted to MD #3, at Kingston Ontario


TOS Military District No 3 at Kingston Ontario and posted to the Casualty Company


Jul 2, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston


Jul 10, 1919

Discharged at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued No 213167

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued No 55819

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Lakefield Ontario

Ø      Reason for discharge – Medically Unfit


Jul 1, 1973

Deceased at Lakefield Ontario

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