Charles Howard McInnis, MM



May 22, 1896

Born to Donald and Effie (nee McEachern) McInnis in Mariposa Township, Victoria County Ontario


Apr 21, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Lindsay Ontario 

Ø      Number 724261

Ø      Next of kin given as Donald McInnis (father) of Lorneville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Oct 1, 1916

The blank Will form in his pay book was filled in leaving his entire estate to his mother, Effie McInnis, of Lorneville Ontario


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France as part of a draft of 94 Other Ranks for reinforcing the Battalions in France and Belgium 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 20, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay conducting training and exchanging uniforms


Nov 3, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Myalgia in his legs


Nov 9, 1916

Discharged from the CFA to duty


Dec 26, 1916

Proceeded on the Bombing Course


Jan 1, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from the Bombing Course


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack at Vimy Ridge, he received wounds to his chest and right shoulder and was admitted to No 10 CFA and later in the day was transferred to the 1st CFA


Apr 20, 1917

Transferred to the No 26 General Hospital at Etaples


Apr 28, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


TOS the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 29, 1917

Admitted to the 1st Northern General Hospital at Newcastle


May 15, 1917

His mother Effie, died at Victoria County Ontario of Acute Indigestion and Heart Failure


May 31, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital at Ramsgate


Jun 16, 1917

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) and attached to St Leonards Hospital for physical training and conditioning


Aug 30, 1917

Discharged from the 3rd CCD and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Nov 11, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 14, 1917

Arrived at the 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France along with 594 other reinforcements and TOS the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Left 2 CIBD and arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


Nov 24, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and rejoined the 21st Battalion 

The Battalion was in the front line trenches in the Acheville Section, with the Battalion Headquarters located in Winnipeg Road


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jan 30, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the 4th Field Company


Apr 21, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


May 13, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay to replace A/L/Cpl A Rollings who had been appointed L/Cpl


May 29, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl A Rollings who had been promoted to rank of Corporal


Aug 28, 1918

He received shrapnel wounds to his face and was admitted to the No 8 CFA then transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

Coincidentally, L/Cpl A Rollings who he had replaced was wounded on the same day, most likely within sight of each other


Aug 29, 1918

Transferred to No 12 Stationary Hospital


Sep 1, 1918

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Sep 7, 1918

Transferred to No 12 Convalescent Depot


Sep 21, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Oct 11, 1918          Killed in Action


The Battalion suffered 326 casualties, both killed and wounded, in 2 days of fighting.  This would have been approximately 50% of their fighting strength.

Niagara Cemetery
Iwuy France


Jan 21, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31142


This was awarded for acts of bravery during the attack at Marcelcave on August 8, 1918


Dec 23, 1920

The Plaque (Dead Man's Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father at Lorneville Ontario 

Because his mother had pre-deceased him and he wasn’t married, there was no Memorial Cross issued.


Apr 11, 1922

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his father, Donald McInnis, at Lorneville Ontario

Pictured is his Allied Victory Medal.  If you know the location of his British War Medal or Plaque, please Contact. the webmaster  

A Charles Howard McInnis is honoured on the Woodville, Ontario War Memorial

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