Charles Welch


Feb 26, 1893

Born to James and Sarah (nee Jones) Welch at Minden Ontario


Dec 17, 1915

Attested into the 109th Battalion CEF at Minden Ontario 

Ø      Number 726034

Ø      Next of kin given as James Welch (father) of Minden Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

Note that his brother, Henry Welch, attested into the same Battalion 2 months later and was also assigned to “D” Company


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic along with his brother at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Oct 2, 1916

Will made out leaving his estate to his mother at Halls Lake Ontario


Oct 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion along with his brother, Pte Henry Welch


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 20, 1916

Left the CBD to join unit


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Division Reserve at Bully Grenay conducting training and re-fitting equipment


Dec 31, 1916

A second will was made out leaving his estate to his mother at Halls Lake Ontario


Jan 17, 1917           Pte Welch was killed during a Trench Raid at Calonne.


Above from the 21st Battalion War Diary



Maroc British Cemetery
Grenay France


May 9, 1917

Charles’ brother, Henry Welch was killed in action during an attack by the Germans near Thelus Cave, not far from Vimy Ridge


Dec 9, 1920

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother at Halls Lake Ontario


Dec 30, 1920

Scroll sent to his father James Welch, at Halls Lake Ontario


Aug 13, 1921

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) sent to his father at Halls Lake Ontario


May 27, 1922

The British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to his mother, Sarah Welch, at Halls Lake Ontario


Charles and his brother Henry

I wish to thank the Reeve of Algonquin Highlands Township, Carol Moffatt, and the Stanhope Heritage Museum for their assistance with research and photos for this tribute.  Please visit the Museum's website

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