Charles Sydney Manners, MM



Jun 10, 1882

Born at Brighton, Sussex, England


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59632 (temporary number 660)

Ø      Next of kin given as Saba Manners (wife) of 583 Chamberlain St, Peterborough Ontario

o       Also noted with spelling of Sara and Sarah, but all pay disbursements used name Saba

Ø      Previous occupation given as Pipe Fitter

Ø      Previous military experience given as 7 years with the 55th Company, Royal Garrison Artillery

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       Later reorganized into “C” Company


Nov 8, 1914

Admitted to Kingston Hospital with a fractured Metatarsal bone (a bone in the foot)


Nov 17, 1914

Assigned as a signaler in “F” Company 

This was later reorganized into “C” Company


Nov 20, 1914

Discharged to duty


Feb 19, 1915

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Corporal


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of L/Cpl without pay


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Oct 15, 1915

Granted pay for rank of L/Cpl to replace L/Cpl East, 59286


Nov 27, 1915

Reverts to rank of Pte as punishment for being drunk and unable to take charge of trench station at the front


May 2, 1916

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl with pay


May 22, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 31, 1916

At duty from leave


Jun 10, 1916

Proceeded to Signalling School at Zuytpeene 

There is no indication of when he returned to the Battalion


Nov 24, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl Drake, 59275, who was promoted.


Dec 21, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #29873


Citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  He laid telephone wires and repaired them under heavy shell fire.  He also repaired a wire near German Bomb Store while same was on fire and bombs exploding.

AFW 3121


Jan 29, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to the CRS (Canadian Rest Station) at No 4 CFA diagnosed with Bronchitis


Jan 31, 1917

Reported for duty from hospital


Oct 4, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 21, 1917

At duty from leave


Nov 1, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Dec 14, 1917

TOS 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre and classified TB (Temporary Base Duty)


Dec 28, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool


Jan 6, 1918

Attached to the 4th Canadian Labour Battalion


Jan 10, 1918



Jan 25, 1918

Transferred to the 4th Canadian Labour Battalion


Mar 10, 1918

Posted to CGBD (Canadian General Base Depot) at Shorncliffe


Mar 18, 1918

Medical Board classified him B2 (fit for non combat base unit duty or garrison duty only)


Apr 13, 1918

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre)


Apr 20, 1918

Reported for duty at No 25 Ordnance Depot


May 6, 1918

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 2nd CIWB (Canadian Infantry Works Battalion)


Aug 28, 1918

Admitted to No 74 Field Ambulance then transferred to No 42 CCS (Canadian Casualty Clearing Station) with Bronchitis


Aug 29, 1918

Transferred to No 20 General Hospital at Camiers


Sep 7, 1918

Discharged from hospital and reported to Canadian General Base Depot classified as B2


Sep 15, 1918

Transferred to England as USF (Unfit for Service at the Front) and posted to Canadian General Depot at Shorncliffe


Sep 16, 1918

TOS CGBD at Shorncliffe


Sep 25, 1918

Transferred to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Oct 3, 1918

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) then attached to 6th Reserve Battalion, thereby remaining at Seaford


Nov 19, 1918

Ceases to be attached to 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 7, 1918

Embarked the SS Olympic at Southampton


TOS No 2 District Depot at Toronto Ontario and posted to the Casualty Company at the Exhibition Camp


Dec 14, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


Dec 19, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until January 6, 1919


Jan 14, 1919

Medical Board at the Exhibition Camp, Toronto Ontario notes:

Ø      Distinct loss of hearing in left ear

o       There was minor hearing loss on enlistment but progressively worsened during service in France

Ø      Moderate body weakness

o       Gradually grew weaker during time in France

Ø      Partial loss of function in lungs

Ø      Classified D and recommended for discharge as Medically Unfit

Ø      To receive continuing out patient treatment and observation for Tuberculosis


Jan 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Discharged as Medically Unfit

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 225 Lisgar St, Toronto Ontario

Ø      Still requires Out Patient treatment


Apr 16, 1921

On this date, and subsequent dates, the British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to 5 Carlisle Ave, Bowmanville Ontario


Apr 18, 1940



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