Charles John Lighten


Feb 15, 1897

Born in West Ham, Essex, England


Nov 14, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

      Number 59589 (temporary number) 88)

      Next of kin given as Mrs. Annie Lighten, mother, 108 Plaistow Rd., West Ham, Essex, England

      Previous occupation given as Labourer

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as church of England

      Assigned to the Depot Company 

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 25, 1915

Placed in detention for an unrecorded offence


Jun 2, 1915

Released from detention


Jun 3, 1915

Employed as a Cook with extra Cook’s pay


Jul 24, 1915

The next of kin was changed to read Mrs. Rose Lighten, wife when he produced his marriage certificate.  Her residence was given as 5 Churchton Ave., Upton Manor, Sussex, England


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to “C” Company from the Depot Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 1, 1915

Ceased to draw Cook’s duty pay


Mar 20, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Apr 30, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Lumbago and Bronchitis


May 4, 1916

Transferred to the Division Rest Station


May 6, 1916

Transferred to the North Midland Casualty Clearing Station


May 14, 1916

Discharged to duty from the casualty clearing station


Jun 14, 1916

While the battalion was in trench numbers 33 to 38 near Verbrande Molen, Belgium, they came under intense enemy artillery fire, in addition to some “friendly fire” from our own artillery that dropped short of intended targets.  Private Lighten was killed during the barrage and buried in the nearby Bedford House Cemetery

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 widow, Mrs. Rose Lighten, 5 Churchton Ave., Upton Manor, Sussex, England 

A Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Mrs. Lighton, 108 Plarston Rd., West Ham, Essex, England


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