William Charles

May 16, 1892

Born in Glasgow, Scotland to Robert Stevenson and Helen (nee Moncur) Charles


May 17, 1913

Embarked the SS Athenia in Glasgow



May 26, 1913

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59153 (temporary number 46)

Ø  Next of kin given as Robert S. Charles, father, 171 Pollokshaws Rd., Glasgow, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Railway Freight Clerk for the Grand Trunk Railway in Kingston

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

o   Later posted to the Machine Gun Section

William’s brother Robert joined the battalion 19 days later

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


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Dec 29, 1915

While occupying the N & O trenches on the Ypres Salient near Voormezeele, Belgium, Private Charles received a shrapnel wound to his pelvis that entered through his lower back and exited through his front groin area.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid at La Clytte before being sent to the casualty clearing station in Bailleul, France where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel fragments and bone chips.


Dec 31, 1915

Transferred via the No. 17 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 22 General Hospital in Etaples, France


Jan 7, 1916

Invalided to England

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Shorncliffe

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital




Jan 12, 1916

Transferred to the VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital in Ashford


Feb 1, 1916

Transferred to the Monks Horton Canadian Convalescent Hospital


Feb 2, 1916

Discharged to the 39th Reserve Battalion from hospital


Feb 4, 1916

Granted sick leave until March 6


Apr 20, 1916

Transferred to the COC (Canadian Ordnance Corps) in Ashford


Apr 22, 1916

William’s brother Robert was killed in action on the Ypres Salient near the town of Voormezeele, Belgium.


Apr 27, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Ordnance Corps sub detachment in Devonport


Jul 1, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Corporal while employed as a Clerk


Nov 25, 1916

Appointed to Acting Sergeant while employed at Devonport


Feb 27, 1917

To draw working pay as a Clerk


Mar 19, 1917

Admitted to the Military Hospital in Devonport with a fractured Metatarsal Bone in his foot


Apr 3, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Oct 11, 1917

Ceased to be attached to Devonport and ceased to draw pay as a Clerk


May 9, 1918

William Charles applied for, and was approved for flight training with the Royal Air Force

Transferred to the General Depot and attached to the RAF (Royal Air Force) for duty in Uxbridge


May 10, 1918

Medical exam declares him fit to be a pilot


May 14, 1918

Transferred to No. 10 Cadet Wing, RAF


Aug 31, 1918

Attended the School of Armament in Uxbridge

Sep 27, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the RAF and discharged from the CEF at #2 Canadian Discharge Depot in London, England

Ø  Rank on discharge Acting Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 278795

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 171 Pollokshaws Rd., Glasgow, Scotland

Ø  Discharged by reason of being appointed to rank of Flight Cadet in the RAF, number 316001

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 171 Pollokshaws Rd., Glasgow, Scotland


Oct 5, 1918

Transferred to the No. 40 Training Depot Station in Harlaxton


Jan 16, 1919

Transferred to No. 2 Cadet Wing, RAF


Feb 15, 1919

Promoted to rank of 2nd Lieutenant


Mar 27, 1919

Discharged from the RAF at Shorncliffe

Following his discharge, he returned to Kingston, Ontario and resumed his employment with the Grand Trunk Railway as a Freight Clerk


Nov 8, 1924

Proceeded to Scotland to visit family


Dec 18, 1924

Embarked the SS Zeeland in Glasgow



Dec 24, 1924

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


Aug 22, 1930

Embarked the SS Letitia in Glasgow, Scotland



Aug 30, 1930

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and proceeded by train to Trenton, Ontario


Mar 15, 1933

Married to Isabella Winning in Trenton, Ontario

William Charles died in 1969 and was buried in the Hagersville, Ontario Union Cemetery



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