Russell Crarey


Jun 9, 1895

Born in Haliburton, Ontario to Henry and Mary Isabella (nee Bateson) Crarey


Oct 31, 1917

Medical examination conducted under the MSA (Military Service Act of 1917) in Toronto, Ontario.  He was found fit for service. 


Apr 5, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 3057627

Ø      Next of kin given as Henry Crarey, father, Kirkfield, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to the 4th Draft


Apr 17, 1918

Embarked the SS Toloa in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 28, 1918

Disembarked in England and the draft proceeded to the Seaford Camp.  On arrival in Seaford, the entire draft of 200 all ranks was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Apr 29, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne, Sussex, with a diagnosis that reads Mumps


May 20, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


This photo was taken a few days prior to him being posted to the 21st Battalion

Pte Crarey is 3rd from the left, seated with a boot in his hand


Sep 12, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast


Sep 19, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion rear details behind the front lines as the battalion was engaged in fighting near the Arras-Cambrai Road


Oct 11, 1918

Less than a month after joining the battalion, Private Crarey was killed during the battalion’s advance on Avesnes-le-Sec, France, north east of Cambrai.  He was buried in the Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Isabel Crarey, RR #1 Kirkfield, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Henry Crarey, at the same address


Private Crarey is also honoured on the Kirkfield, Ontario War Memorial



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers lost in the Great War were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below is the name of Russell Crarey  being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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