Charles Fyfe

Oct 25, 1885

Born in Parish of Craig, Scotland


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59320 (temporary number 68)

Ø  Next of kin given as Jack W. Fyfe, brother, 10 Erskine St., Montrose, Forfarshire, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

o   Later noted as Presbyterian

Ø  Assigned to “E” Company

o   Later reorganized into “C” Company

Ø  Employed as a Piper in the battalion’s Pipe Band

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 7, 1915

While in the front line trench near Messines Ridge, Belgium, Private Fyfe received a shrapnel wound to his back and right shoulder.  He was evacuated to a nearby field ambulance for first aid


Oct 9, 1915

Transferred to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Oct 11, 1915

Transferred via the No. 22 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Dannes Camiers, France where surgery was performed to remove the shrapnel


Oct 22, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven



On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bagthorpe Military Hospital in Nottingham

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 6, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Jan 11, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Jun 17, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jun 27, 1916

Transferred to the Bulford General Hospital in Bulford


Aug 22, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion it moved to Seaford to continue training reinforcements for the front


Feb 16, 1917

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) and remained attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and remained attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Sep 5, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Sep 17, 1918

Transferred to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) in Seaford for duty


Dec 7, 1918

Ceased to be attached and proceeded to the 1st Canadian Command Depot for duty


Dec 13, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 3rd CCD and proceeded to the Witley Depot pending return to Canada


Dec 23, 1918

Attached to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton for return to Canada


Jan 3, 1919

Posted to the MD #3 Casualty Company in Kingston, Ontario

Embarked the SS Scotian in Liverpool



Jan 15, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


Jan 17, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until January 30, 1919


Feb 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at RR #1, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario


Jul 14, 1961

According to the Veterans Affairs death registration, Charles Fyfe died while a patient in the St. Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville, Ontario on July 14th.  He was buried in the Oakland Cemetery there.  July 24th as shown on the grave marker may be the burial date, or simply an error on the marker that was never corrected.



His widow, Mrs. Clara Fyfe, gave her address as 250 Brock St, Brockville, Ontario

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