Charles Burgess

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 26, 1890

Born in Camden, Ontario to David Bell and Alice Fairfield (nee Vankoughnet) Burgess.


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario: 

Ø      Number 59113 (temporary number 616)

Ø      Next of kin given as David Burgess, father, Napanee, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Rigger

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec.


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent.


Jul 29, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martins Plain Tent Hospital at Shorncliffe diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea).


Aug 9, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone.


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and proceeded to St. Omer.


Apr 9, 1916

After first being reported as missing in action, he was declared to have been killed in action during the fighting at the St. Eloi Craters.  The War Work of Lennox and Addington, page 202, states that he was killed by a sniper’s bullet.


His body was never recovered from the battlefield and he is commemorated on the walls of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, D. Burgess, Napanee, Ontario.

No Memorial Cross was issued.


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