Walter Carman

Jan 21, 1886

Born in Norwich, England to James and Elizabeth (nee Tuck) Carman


Sep 6, 1910

Married to Mabel Botting in Kingston, Ontario


Aug 18, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 3rd Field Company, Canadian Engineers Overseas Contingent in Kingston


Sep 16, 1914

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø  Number 1729

Ø  Posted to “C” Company


Mar 3, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59141 (temporary number 1260)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mabel Carman, wife, 6 Redan St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 7 years in the Field Artillery in England and 7 months in the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Base Unit

o   He was later posted to the Transport Section

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries

Walter’s brothers Albert Carman and Arthur James Carman had previously joined the 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1915

Private Carman and the Transport Section, along with horses and wagons, proceeded to England as an advance party to arrange for the arrival of the full battalion.

The battalion arrived in Devonport, England May 15, 1915 and reunited with the Transport Section in the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent where the battalion continued training


Aug 27, 1915

Forfeited 4 days pay and restricted to ½ pay for 1 month for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 22, 1915

Proceeded on course at the Bombing School


Nov 28, 1915

Rejoined the battalion from course and posted to the Bombing Section


Dec 20, 1915

Walter’s brother Arthur James Carman was killed in action on the Ypres Salient


Apr 8, 1916

The Bombing Section of the battalion was part of an attack on Crater No. 2 at St. Eloi, Belgium.  The men left their trench at 11:30 pm and approached an enemy that had dug in on the slopes of the crater.  The ensuing fight lasted throughout the night and at daybreak, the attacking party had to retreat.  The battalion’s war diary reports 36 all ranks either killed or wounded.  Private Carman had received shrapnel wounds to his right forearm, hand and back.  He was evacuated to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transported to the casualty clearing station for treatment


Apr 10, 1916

Transferred via ambulance train and admitted to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux, France


Apr 12, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Andrew


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Duchess of Connaught Red Cross Hospital in Taplow.  On admission it was noted that his right-hand thumb had become badly infected.

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital




May 5, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


May 27, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling for light duty


Jul 1, 1916

Admitted to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)

This was changed after admission to read VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jul 22, 1916

Discharged to duty


Aug 3, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #2 for Gambling


Sep 20, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion for duty


Nov 8, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion on being attached to the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot for physical training at St. Leonard’s Hospital


Feb 23, 1917

Sentenced to 7 days Detention for being absent from the hospital


Mar 2, 1917

Discharged from St. Leonard’s Hospital, and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 11, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot


Mar 19, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 5, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Carman rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line east of Vimy Ridge

On joining the battalion, he was posted to the Transport Section


Jan 2, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 18, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Sep 9, 1918

Walter’s brother Albert Carman had been invalided back to Canada and died in Kingston, Ontario


Dec 3, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 26, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre


On disembarking in England, proceeded to Witley and posted to “P” Wing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279699

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Redan St., Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 167 Montreal St., Kingston, Ontario


Jul 1, 1923

The Kingston City directory lists Walter Carman living at 167 Montreal St., and employed as a Civil Servant at the Royal Military College

In 1933 he is noted as serving in the Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment in Kingston with the rank of Corporal


Nov 19, 1942

Walter Carmen died at home of Cancer and was buried in the Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston


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