Charles Henry Brownell

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 2, 1886

Born at Coe Hill Ontario to Jacob and Maria Brownell


Jan 6, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Coe Hill Ontario 

Ø      Number 636225

Ø      Next of kin given as Maria Brownell, mother, of Whitby Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The Battalion trained at the Barriefield Camp at Kingston Ontario


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 147 Other Ranks from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Apr 9, 1917

Killed in action during the attack on Vimy Ridge.  According to the Graves Registration Report, he was initially buried near the trenches 1 mile East of Neuville St Vaast.  On September 12, 1919, his body was exhumed and reburied in the Nine Elms Cemetery, North East of Arras

Nine Elms Military Cemetery
Thelus, France 

Coincidentally, his brother Fenton Eberson Brownell 636239 was killed the same day, most likely within yards of each other 

Post war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals, plus the Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Maria Brownell, at 26 Glanville Ave, Toronto Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Jacob Brownell, at the same address 

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