Charles Garfield Fowler


Jun 20, 1892

Born in Burton, Ontario to Robert James and Catherine Annie Fowler


Dec 28, 1915

Attested into the 136th Battalion in Bowmanville, Ontario

Ø  Number 805054

Ø  Next of kin given as Robert Fowler, father, Tyrone, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 46th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Methodist


The battalion carried out training in the Kingston, Ontario area


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Corsican in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to West Sandling where the entire battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training. 


Nov 4, 1916

While training at West Sandling, Private Fowler fell into a practice trench and sprained his left knee.  His initial treatment was given by the battalion’s Medical Officer


Nov 8, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a swollen left knee.  On examination fluid was discovered in the knee joint and patient was given bed rest


Nov 11, 1916

Transferred to the Monks Horton Canadian Convalescent Hospital


Nov 29, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it was moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Feb 1, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 2, 1917

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


Feb 24, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France as part of a draft of 68 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Mar 6, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Fowler joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve in Bois des Alleux, France


Aug 17, 1917

Proceeded on course


Sep 26, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from course


Nov 4, 1917

In the early morning of November 3rd, the 21st Battalion moved into the front line at Passchendaele.  The Germans immediately launched an unsuccessful attack.  The next day, November 4th, the Germans launched a determined counter attack and Private Fowler received shrapnel wounds to his back and right eye.  He was first evacuated to the No. 1 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment and surgery.


Nov 8, 1917

Private Charles Fowler died of his wounds at the No. 2 CCS and was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, south of Poperinge, Belgium

Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Annie Fowler, RR No. 1, Tyrone, Ontario

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


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