Carl James "Buster" Whytock

Mar 11, 1899

Born in Madoc, Ontario to Charles Napion and Christina (nee Robinson) Whytock

Christina’s maiden name appears on the birth registration as Robinson, however other documents indicate her maiden name was Robertson.


Sep 12, 1915

Attested into the 80th Battalion CEF in Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Number 219137

Ø  Next of kin given as Mr. C. Whytock, father, Madoc, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Student

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

He used the spelling of Karl for his given name, and lied about his age, stating he was born March 10, 1897.  His true age was soon discovered and he was discharged.


Oct 19, 1915

Attested into the 33rd Battery, Canadian Field Artillery in Barriefield, Ontario

Ø  Number 300492

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. G Brown, 45 Holloway St., Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Student

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

On attesting, he gave his name as Arthur Brown and stated he was born March 10, 1896.  His name was later changed to read Karl Whytock. 

Without his service file to confirm the details, he was either transferred to the 155th Battalion, or discharged from the artillery and volunteered again with the 155th Battalion in Barriefield.  I suspect that his true age was discovered again and he was transferred so that he would not leave Canada until he was of the proper age.


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the Troopship Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott

He was later transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford to continue training.


May 3, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 4, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion

Following a short stay here, he joined the 21st Battalion at the front and assigned to “B” Company and employed as a runner.


Oct 19, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 23, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Apr 19, 1918

After being wounded and hospitalized, he was invalided to a hospital in England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege



On being admitted to hospital in England he was transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital.  I could not find the details of his wounds.  That will be found in his service file.

I could not find a date for his return to Canada, nor his date of discharge.  Those details can be found in his service held by Archives Canada

He is referred to in post war articles in the Communiqué (the 21st Battalion Association newsletter) as holding the rank of Sergeant.  I could find no indication in the battalion’s records that he had been promoted.


May 23, 1931

Married to Hazel Reubena Keller

After graduating from the Queen’s University Medical School, he practiced medicine, first in the village of Yarker, Ontario, then in Sharbot Lake, Ontario from 1936 to 1960 and part of that time was employed as the Coroner for that area


Jun 10, 1964

Died in Sharbot Lake, Ontario


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