Charles Henry Babcock



Feb 24, 1894

Born in Belleville, Ontario to George Wesley and Sarah Eliza (nee Prest) Babcock


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 42

Ø      Next of kin given as George Babcock, father, Montreal St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military service given as 1 year & 8 months in the Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

On attestation, he stated his birth date to be February 24, 1892, not the actual year of 1894


Dec 9, 1914

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) 

Ø      He was later declared to have deserted


Feb 8, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Belleville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 636583

Ø      Next of kin given as George Babcock, father, 154 Mary St., Belleville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later noted as being a Tinsmith

Ø      No previous service given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Sep 27, 1916

Admitted to the Ongwanada Military Hospital, Kingston, with a diagnosis that reads Orchitis, an inflammation of the testes.


Oct 3, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 16, 1916

Transferred to the #3 Special Service Battalion in Kingston


Oct 18, 1916

The 155th Battalion embarked a troopship in Halifax, Nova Scotia to sail to England.  Private Babcock did not accompany the battalion, but remained behind in Canada


Nov 23, 1916

Medical Board in Kingston notes that he is suffering from Chronic Epithidymitis, severe pain in testes and scrotum, most likely caused from a previous case of Gonorrhea. 

This was determined to be permanent and he was recommended for discharge as medically unfit


Dec 11, 1916

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 33 Strachan St., Belleville, Ontario

Ø      Conduct while in service is noted as “fairly good”


Apr 16, 1917

Married to Rachael W. Boomhower in Trenton, Ontario.  On the marriage license he stated his religion to be Methodist. 


Sep 3, 1919

Applied for the War Service Gratuity and made the following statements on the application 

Ø      Home address given as Box 816, Trenton, Ontario

Ø      Served in the Home Guard in Kingston in 1914 for 2 ½ months

Ø      Served in the 21st Battalion for about 6 weeks and discharged as being under age

Ø      Served in the 155th Battalion from February 1916 until December 1916 and discharged as medically unfit 

There is no mention in the file if this application was approved


Jan 16, 1925

For official purposes, he was declared to have deserted the 21st Battalion on December 9, 1914


May 26, 1958

Deceased in Toronto, Ontario.  His widow is stated to be Mrs. Pearl Babcock, 237 Dundas St. E., Toronto


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