Charles Mossom Elwood Kellett, MM


Nov 13, 1896

Born at Lutterworth Township, Haliburton County, Ontario 

On his Attestation into WW1 he declared his birth date to be November 1, 1897.  November 13 is his declared birth date on the 1901 and 1911 Census


Dec 22, 1915

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Minden Ontario 

Ø      Number 726084

Ø      Next of kin given as Stanley Kellett (father) of Minden Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Oct 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 20, 1916

Left to join unit


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay undergoing instruction in bayonet fighting, gas drill etc.


May 19, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Cpl without pay


Jul 3, 1917

Sent to No 58 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for dental treatment, and returned to Battalion same day


Aug 15, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to left knee and leg 

Transferred same day to No 6 CCS


Aug 17, 1917

Transferred to No 7 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples 

Wound noted as being badly infected


Aug 18, 1917

Surgery performed to remove knee cap


Sep 3, 1917

Reported to be “seriously ill”


Sep 6, 1917

Surgery performed to remove large abscess from knee and to allow for drainage. 

Patient noted as going into shock following surgery


Oct 7, 1917

Removed from “seriously ill” list


Oct 17, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital at Manchester 

Notes on admission include report of 14 operations for various reasons including removal of knee cap, removal of many bone and shrapnel fragments, as well as multiple skin grafts. 

There was the suggestion that the leg should be amputated but the patient wasn’t strong enough to risk the surgery


Nov 2, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364


This was for his actions at Hill 70, in that he aided Lt Cockeram in capturing a machine gun. Below is the citation for the MM.



Feb 13, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Feb 14, 1918

Transferred to the Manor War Hospital at Epsom


Feb 27, 1918

Transferred to No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington


Jun 21, 1918

Transferred to No 2 Canadian General Hospital at Liverpool


Sep 23, 1918

Invalided to Canada aboard the RMS Tunisian, embarking in London


TOS No 2 District Depot Toronto Ontario


Oct 7, 1918

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to the WMH (Whitby Military Hospital), Whitby Ontario 

Posted to the Hospital Section


Oct 8, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until October 22, 1918


Oct 22, 1918

Did not report from leave and declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Nov 18, 1918

Arrested as a Deserter and posted to Hospital Section, WMH 

Forfeits 28 days pay and severely reprimanded


Jan 14, 1919

Medical Board at Whitby Ontario makes note of previous medical condition and surgeries.  It is declared that he cannot resume his former occupation of Farmer and that his condition is permanent. 

Ø      He is recommended for discharge to custody of SCR (Soldier’s Civil Re-Establishment) 


Jan 16, 1919

Posted to the Casualty Company, WMH


Jan 23, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Proposed residence on discharge – Minden Ontario 

To receive continuing care from SCR (Soldier’s Civil Re-Establishment) 

Permitted to wear one gold wound stripe


Oct 11, 1919

Medical Board at Kingston Ontario notes that he has difficulty in locomotion due to ankylosis of left knee.  This is rigidity of the knee caused by the fusion of bone in the joint. 

Notes that he was taken on SCR for outpatient treatment at the Minden and Lindsay Clinics from March 24, 1919 

Recommend that he be discharged from the SCR care


Dec 10, 1924

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Minden Ontario


Oct 29, 1950

Deceased at Minden Ontario

Minden Cemetery
Minden ON


From the summer 1938 edition of The Communiqué, the 21st Battalion Association postwar newsletter

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