Charles William Coleman

Mar 4, 1897

Born in Herman, Ontario to Charles and Mary Ann (nee Stevens) Coleman


Jan 31, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Bancroft, Ontario

Ø  Number 636516

Ø  Next of kin given as Charlie Coleman, father, Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion

Private Coleman joined the battalion at the front a short time later and was posted to 14 Platoon, “D” Company


Aug 24, 1917

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis


Aug 26, 1917

Transferred to the No. 20 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Sep 3, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples


Sep 9, 1917

Transferred to the No. 5 Convalescent Depot in Cayeux


Oct 2, 1917

Discharged to the base details in Etaples


Oct 6, 1917

Admitted to the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples with a recurring issue with his Tonsils


Nov 1, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples


Nov 5, 1917

Transferred to the No. 14 Convalescent Depot in Trouville before being discharged to rejoin the 21st Battalion


Jan 14, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 31, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 26, 1918

The 21st Battalion was conducting a raid on the enemy’s Minorca Trench east of Arras, France near the Cojeul River.  Private Coleman received a bullet wound to his right leg that entered the calf muscle.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for more treatment


Aug, 29, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Horton County of London War Hospital in Epsom

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 11, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Oct 21, 1918

Attached to the #1 CCD (Canadian Command Depot)


Nov 14, 1918

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 11, 1918

Attached to Kinmel Park in Rhyl pending return to Canada


Dec 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool



Dec 30, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario and was granted leave until January 14, 1919


Jan 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Belleville, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 90½ East Moira St., Belleville, Ontario

Charlie Coleman found employment with the Grand Trunk Railway Company followed by employment with the Canadian National Railway Company in Belleville


Jan 11, 1921

Married to Florence Evelyn Buskard in Belleville, Ontario.  His occupation at the time is listed as Brakeman for the Grand Trunk Railroad

Charlie Coleman passed away in Belleville in 1971


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