Charles William Henry Lattion


Jul 1, 1875

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland

Prior to coming to Canada it was reported in newspaper accounts that Charles Lattion had served with the Gordon Highlanders of Scotland and had served 2 tours in India. It was also claimed that he served in South Africa during the Boer War with the Gordons, earning the DSM (Distinguished Service Medal) and was mentioned in Despatches.  A second newspaper account stated that it was the DCM (Distinguished Conduct Medal) that he earned.  I could find no confirmation of this service and there is no entry in the London Gazette for him earning any gallantry award.


Nov 5, 1909

Embarked the SS Ionian in Glasgow


Nov 14, 1909

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario

Prior to enlisting in Kingston, Charles Lattion and his wife moved to Syracuse, New York, USA and operated a picture business


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59569 (temporary number 369)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Ethel Lattion, wife, 138 Queen St., Kingston, Ontario

o       This was later changed to 46 Quebec St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Soldier

Ø      Previous military experience given as Gordon Highlanders of the Imperial Forces

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Jan 12, 1915

His wife, Ethel Lattion, left Kingston to proceed to England.  Her address was subsequently changed to read 5 Winton Terrace, Old London Rd., St. Albans, Herts, England


Feb 23, 1915

Appointed to the rank of CSM (Company Sergeant Major) (alternately referred to as Colour Sergeant) of “D” Company and back dated to be effective November 3, 1914 

He was also appointed as NCO in charge of the Colour Party when the Colours were presented to the battalion


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 14, 1915

CSM Lattion fell ill with Appendicitis and surgery was performed in the ship’s infirmary


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training.  However CSM Lattion was admitted to the Millbridge Military Hospital, Devonport as soon as the ship docked. 

While in hospital he underwent a second surgery to clear a bowel obstruction


May 19, 1915

CSM Charles Lattion died of complications of his second surgery while in hospital and was buried in the Weston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth, Devonshire England

Following the war the British War Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Ethel Lattion, 34 Plum St., Kingston, Ontario


The mention of a name change in the article above may account for the inability to find confirmation of him being the recipient of a gallantry award


Charles Lattion is honoured on the Kingston Memorial Wall (above) and in Memorial Hall, Kingston City Hall (below)

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