Charles Frederick Morley

Mar 27, 1889

Born in Nottingham, Midlands, England


Nov 10, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59674 (temporary number 659)

Ø  Next of kin given as Alice Morley, mother, 2 Selkirk, Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 8 years, 3 months in the Sherwood Foresters with service in South Africa

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Apr 8, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Detention for an unrecorded offence


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 9, 1916

During fighting at the St. Eloi Craters in Belgium, Private Morley received a slight shrapnel wound to his abdomen and a second to the index finger of his left hand, fracturing the bones in that finger.  He was evacuated first to a field ambulance for first aid then transferred to a casualty clearing station.


Apr 10, 1916

Transferred to the No. 23 General Hospital in Etaples, France

While in hospital here he developed Bronchitis


Apr 14, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Kitchener Hospital in Brighton. 

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 25, 1916

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jul 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Sep 25, 1916

Medical Board in West Sandling notes

Ø  Patient suffers from Chronic Bronchitis

Ø  Condition was present prior to enlistment, but aggravated by his time at the front

Ø  Left hand is stiff from previous shrapnel wound

Ø  Board Recommends he is only fit for Permanent Base Duty


Nov 2, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre


Nov 3, 1916

Attached to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot)


Nov 4, 1916

Attached to the Boys Battalion


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


Mar 22, 1917

Posted to the Garrison Duty Company from the Garrison Duty Depot


Apr 16, 1917

Attached to the St. Leonard’s Hospital for Sentry Duty


May 7, 1917

Attached to the CCD (Canadian Command Depot) and placed in the St. Leonard’s Hospital for physical training


May 31, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford for pay purposes while employed at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Jul 2, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Jul 4, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jul 18, 1917

Embarked the SS Justicia in Liverpool



Aug 1, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Aug 9, 1917

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Patient suffers from DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart)

Ø  Has had a persistent cough for years, but aggravated by wet conditions at the front

Ø  Disability is at 10%

Ø  Should improve in 3 months


Sep 6, 1917

Medical exam in Camp Borden, Ontario notes

Ø  Patient suffers from Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Ø  Condition caused by wet and bad conditions at the front

Ø  Board recommends he be treated in a Sanitarium


Oct 2, 1917

To be treated as an out patient of the Spadina Military Hospital in Toronto


Sep 13, 1917

Admitted to the Spadina Military Hospital as an in patient


Nov 30, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Toronto, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 8 Selkirk Ave., Toronto, Ontario


Sep 3, 1940

Charles Frederick Morley died in Toronto, Ontario and was buried in the Prospect Cemetery in Toronto



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