Charles William Crewe

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 1, 1889

Born at Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK


Dec 7, 1915

Attested into the 126th Battalion at Brampton Ontario 

Ø      Number 775461

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas Crewe, bother, address not known

o       This was later changed to read Bob Royce, friend, of Palgrave Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farm Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

It would appear that Charles Crewe could not read or write as he signed all of the documents in his file with an “X” and had it witnessed as “his mark”


Aug 14, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia


Aug 24, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

Upon disembarking, Pte Crewe was admitted to the 1st Western General Hospital at Bramshott diagnosed with Measles


Sep 11, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 15, 1916

The 126th Battalion was broken up to reinforce other Battalions and Pte Crewe was transferred to the 116th Battalion at Bramshott


Dec 22, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 23, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France, as part of a draft of 162 reinforcements 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jan 18, 1917

Left the CBD and joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin


Feb 26, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trenches near Thelus


Apr 9, 1917


Because his body was never recovered, or if so, was never identified, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial

After the war, the following were sent to his brother, Thomas George Crewe, at Box 1149 Orillia Ontario 

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll 

There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother had predeceased him and he was not married


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