Charles Alonzo Farrell


Jan 3, 1891

Born in Pendleton, Ontario to Alphonse and Catherine (nee Stewart) Farrell


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59313 (temporary number 863)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Lizzie Brown, Chard, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec

May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jul 8, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


May 15, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl L/Cpl Dion who had been promoted


Jul 17, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Kitchener who had been promoted


Sep 13, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital in England


May 11, 1917

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

After a short stay here, he rejoined the 21st Battalion at the front


Jul 9, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Haggarty who had been invalided sick to England


Nov 3, 1917

On the night of November 2, 1917 the 21st Battalion moved into the front line in Passchendaele.  The next day the battalion was involved in heavy fighting with Germans and Corporal Farrell was killed in that action by an artillery shell explosion.

He was initially buried near where he fell, North East of Crest Farm.  When the war ended, the Graves Registration Commission attempted to locate his body for reburial in a proper cemetery, but his remains could not be found.  This was most likely due to the constant artillery barrages in the area that lasted for another year.  Because he does not have a known grave, he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), and Scroll and were sent to his next of kin, listed as Mrs. Lizzie Brown.  There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother had passed away in 1910 and he had never married.


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