Charles Bruce Collupy, MM


Aug 15, 1892

Born at Shelburne Nova Scotia


May 29, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 455016 (original number A55016.  The “A” was later changed to a “4”

Ø      Next of kin given as Sophia Collupy (wife) of Bath Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Nurse

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned as a Stretcher Bearer 

In addition to his wife, he claimed 2 daughters (Abigail and Sarah) as dependents, he also stated that his mother, Abigail E Collupy, was living at 71 Thorndike St, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Borden Camp 

Appointed to the Provisional Rank of Lance Corporal


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Aug 10, 1916

Reverts to rank of Pte in order to proceed to France 

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Aug 12, 1916

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


Aug 29, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Sep 17, 1916      Joined the 21st Battalion from the 2nd Entrenching Battalion  

This is the date recorded in the file, however, I suspect this is in error.  In an interview done following the war, he clearly remembers the attack at Courcelette on the 15th of September.  There was a draft of 30 soldiers that left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion on September 3rd for the 21st Battalion and it is most likely that Pte Collupy was with that draft, not on the 17th.  Below is a portion of the recorded interview:



Oct 3, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Packer who had been promoted


Mar 12, 1917             Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #29981


Aug 15, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 26, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Sep 6, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte at his own request


Nov 3, 1917     

The Battalion entered the front line near Crest Farm at Passchendaele at 2.15 am and at 4.45 am the Germans “made a determined attack”.  Below is Pte Collupy’s recollection of that attack, taken from a recorded interview:


Mar 2, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 17, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Jul 5, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool on being classified “B1”


Jul 8, 1918

TOS the 21st Battalion for duty in the Water Detail


Aug 9, 1918

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Holden who had been Killed in Action


Jan 20, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 14, 1919

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre and proceeded to England



May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Arrived in Kingston Ontario and discharged from the CEF 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277338

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Bath Ontario 

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Main St, Bath Ontario

Charles Collupy is shown below with his great granddaughter Carolyn


Charles Collupy died in 1981 in Bath, Ontario following his career as the Post Master there.

St. John's Anglican Church Cemetery
Bath, Ontario


I would like to thank Steve Nichol for supplying the typed transcripts of the taped interviews that he obtained from Archives Canada.  These transcripts are from recorded interviews that were conducted by the CBC in 1963 for their radio series In Flanders Fields

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