William James Charles, MM



Apr 1, 1891

Born at London England


Apr 4, 1907

Embarked the SS Southwark at Liverpool England



Apr 14, 1907

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Warkworth Ontario


Feb 28, 1911

Married to Henrietta Pearl Scriver at Peterborough Ontario 

Both William and Henrietta gave their current address as the Village of Hastings, Northumberland County.  He gave his occupation as Fireman, while she claimed to be a Spinster


Jul 4, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 454970

Ø      Next of kin given as Henrietta Pearl Charles (wife) of 215 Prince St, Peterborough Ontario

o       This was later changed to read 536 Roger St, Peterborough

Ø      Previous occupation given as Stationary Engineer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 57th Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Shorncliffe Camp 

Appointed to provisional Rank of Sergeant


Apr 15, 1916

Proceeded On Command to the Trench Warfare School at Bramshott


Jul 6, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) 59th Battalion on transfer to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Sep 9, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe diagnosed with Tonsillitis


Sep 15, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe.  The Battalion later moved to Seaford


Sep 2, 1917

On Command to the Overseas Conducting Parties in order to escort reinforcement troops to France


Sep 11, 1917

Ceases to be On Command and returned to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Nov 13, 1917

Reverted to rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to France


Nov 14, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion and arrived at 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 2, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Brigade Reserve in the Cellars Camp, near Neuville St Vaast, providing work parties to the 182nd Tunneling Company.  The following day, Dec 13, the Battalion moved into the front line in the Acheville section, relieving the 19th Battalion


Dec 8, 1917

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Draper 675739, who was promoted to the rank of Sgt


Apr 2, 1918

Admitted to No 2 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to his back.  He was transferred the same day to No 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  After being assessed there, he was transferred via No 10 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 20 General Hospital at Camiers France.


Apr 14, 1918

Discharged from hospital and admitted to No 6 Convalescent Depot


Apr 15, 1918

Transferred to No 5 Convalescent Depot


Jun 5, 1918

Discharged to Base duty


Jun 6, 1918

TOS CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and assigned to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds


Jun 17, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Jun 21, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 28, 1918

Admitted to No 7 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with gun shot wounds to right thigh and ankle


Aug 29, 1918         Died of wounds


Ligny St Flochel British Cemetery
Pas de Calais France


Oct 20, 1918

His wife Henrietta died of Pneumonia at 126 Oak St, Toronto Ontario.

Trent Valley Cemetery
Hastings Ontario


Jan 21, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette No 31140



Aug 20, 1920

The decision is recorded that no War Service Gratuity was to be paid because his wife had died and there were no children dependents 

It is also noted that the Military Medal, British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to the Executrix of his will, Mrs Ellen Dunnett, c/o Mr Wm George Scriver (wife’s father) at 114 Bond St, Toronto Ontario.   

The Plaque and Scroll were sent to his father, Richard Charles, at 236 High St, Ponders End, Middlesex England.  In addition, there were 2 Memorial Crosses sent his mother, Mrs Elizabeth Charles at the same address.


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