Charles Ernest Hardwicke

Aug 12, 1894

Born in Peterborough Ontario to John Thomas and Jane “Jennie” (nee Jones) Hardwicke


Nov 19, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario

Ø  Number 59421 (temporary number 1056)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Hardwicke (mother) of 489 Cross St, Peterborough Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Telegraph Operator

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Baptist

Ø  Assigned to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company and was assigned to the company’s Signal Section


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Aug 4, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Blann 59827, who had been wounded and invalided to England


Nov 19, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 23, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 2, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 14, 1917

Proceeded on the Signals Course




Apr 9, 1917

During the attack and capture of Vimy Ridge in France, Lance Corporal Hardwicke received shrapnel wounds to his back and left shoulder.  He was evacuated first to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred the same day to the No. 1 CFA for treatment


Apr 16, 1917

Transferred to the No. 32 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Apr 20, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Andrew


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Aug 16, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom



Aug 22, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent hospital and attached to the #3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) to continue his recovery in Seaford


Oct 4, 1917

On being discharged from the convalescent depot he joined the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford

On arrival in Seaford he was posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay in the Signals Section


Apr 19, 1918

Transferred to the 3rd Reserve Brigade Headquarters Sub Staff in Seaford to be employed as a Signals Instructor

Appointed to the position of Acting Company Sergeant Major while employed as an instructor


May 9, 1918

To be Acting Company Sergeant Major of the Signals Section


Jun 17, 1919

3rd Reserve Brigade Headquarters was changed to be now known as Headquarters, Canadian Corps

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Jun 19, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Special Hospital in Witley for treatment


Aug 13, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 3, 1919

Transferred to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending returning to Canada


Sep 9, 1919

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 15, 1919

Reported for duty from being AWL.

He had been scheduled to embark the SS Regina for his return to Canada September 12, but obviously missed the boat

As punishment for being AWL, he was to receive no issue of pay until actually on board a transport ship.  Reprimanded for being absent and for failure to report the loss of his pass. 

Forfeited 6 days pay for his absence


Oct 4, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic in Liverpool


Oct 11, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario and TOS (Taken On Strength) Military District No. 3


Oct 14, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge CSM (Company Sergeant Major)

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 214888

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 489 Cross St., Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 197 Cochrane, Ontario


Jun 16, 1921

Married to Florence Mildred Hawthorne in Peterborough, Ontario

He gave his residence as Cochrane, Ontario


May 23, 1924

Embarked a ship in Montreal, Quebec for a visit to England


Jun 20, 1924

On his return from England, he disembarked the SS Montcalm in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to North Bay, Ontario



Jul 18, 1938

Charles Ernest Hardwicke died in Englehart, Ontario of a sudden brain hemorrhage and was buried a short time later in the Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Ontario along with his parents and 1 sibling




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