Charles Gray

Aug 20, 1880

Born in Curragh Camp, Kildare, Ireland


Aug 10, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 11th Regiment, Irish Fusiliers of Canada “for Mobilization” in Vancouver, British Columbia


Aug 15, 1914

Appointed to the rank of Provisional Lieutenant


Sep 16, 1914

Discharged from the 11th Regiment as “Demobilized”


Oct 21, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59385 (temporary number 942)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. M. Stroud, aunt, Maidstone, Kent, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as H.M. Navy for 4 years

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Signals Section 

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


May 21, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


May 22, 1915

Reported for duty and sentenced to 3 days detention and forfeiture of 2 days pay for his absence


Jul 15, 1915

Transferred to the Depot Company


Aug 2, 1915

Transferred to “A” Company


Sep 6, 1915

Reported to be AWL


Sep 7, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 2 days pay for his absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 2, 1915

Admitted to the field hospital in Dranoutre with a sore on his penis


Oct 17, 1915

Admitted to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis).  He was transferred the same day via the No. 17 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 11 General Hospital in Boulogne


Oct 20, 1915

Transferred to the No. 9 Stationary Hospital, Havre


Nov 13, 1915

Discharged from hospital to the Camp Details, Havre, as an out-patient to continue treatment 

Forfeited 60¢ per day for the time in hospital as punishment for contracting VDG


Nov 23, 1915

Discharged from hospital care 

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Nov 27, 1915

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Dec 1, 1915

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the N & O front line trenches


Dec 2, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Angioneurotic Oedema (commonly referred to as Hives)


Dec 7, 1915

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Jan 20, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA with a contusion to his left eye caused accidentally 

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for being drunk and causing a disturbance in camp


Jan 24, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 26, 1916

During an artillery barrage near Gordon Farm, Ridgewood, Belgium, private Gray was killed when a shell exploded nearby.  He was buried in the Ridgewood Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. M. Stroud, 22 Fisher St., Maidstone, England


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