Charles Henry Yorke

Jul 18, 1887

Born in London, England to George and Catherine (nee Wymark) Yorke


Apr 22, 1911

Embarked the SS Southwark in Liverpool with his parents and siblings



May 4, 1911

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and proceeded to Belleville, Ontario


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 1077

Ø  Next of kin given as Catherine Yorke, 249 William St., Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


Nov 7, 1914

Admitted to the Kingston Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Bright’s Disease, a form of kidney disease


Dec 24, 1914

Discharged from hospital with sick leave


Apr 16, 1915

Medical Board in Kingston notes

 Ø  Patient had problems with Nephritis prior to enlistment

Ø  Military duties and climate conditions have aggravated the problem

Ø  His disability is considered permanent

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from active service


May 4, 1915

SOS (Struck Off Strength) of the 21st Battalion as Medically Unfit

The battalion left Kingston the following day to Montreal to embark for England


Jun 26, 1915

Attested into the 97th Siege Battery, Canadian Field Artillery in Cobourg, Ontario

 Ø  Number 91866

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Catherine Yorke, 107 Bridge St., Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Street Worker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England


Aug 14, 1915

Transferred to the 1st Siege Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Nov 14, 1915

Gunner Yorke was a member of the Honour Guard in Halifax for the burial of Sir Charles Tupper, Father of Confederation and former Prime Minister of Canada.


Nov 20, 1915

Admitted to the Station Hospital, Colwell St., Halifax suffering from back pain.  The diagnosis was recorded as Chronic Nephritis.

On admission he stated that he had been standing for several hours in water up to his boot tops while on parade for the burial ceremony for Sir Charles Tupper, and has suffered pain ever since

The battery embarked for England 2 days later, but Gunner Yorke remained in hospital


Dec 17, 1915

Medical Board at Halifax notes

 Ø  Patient suffers from Acute Nephritis

Ø  Became increasingly ill after getting wet and cold on parade November 14, 1915

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from active service


Feb 24, 1916

#1 Overseas Battery name changed to 97th Canadian Siege Battery of the Canadian Siege Brigade


Jun 3, 1916

Discharged from hospital and provided transportation to Belleville, Ontario to proceed home for rest


Jun 26, 1916

Admitted to the Richardson Convalescent Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis of Nephritis

Patient complains of general weakness, but feeling better than when he left Halifax


Jul 31, 1916

Charles Yorke was discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

 Ø  Rank on discharge Gunner

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 249 William St., Belleville, Ontario


Aug 17, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Mar 18, 1919

Admitted to the Davisville Hospital in Toronto under the care of the SCR (Soldier Civil Re-establishment) Department, with a diagnosis that reads Nephritis and Broncho Pneumonia

On admission patient stated that he has been breathless and generally ill for the past 3 days


Mar 21, 1919

Patient became progressively weaker


Mar 22, 1919

Patient delirious at times


Mar 23, 1919

Oxygen administered but Charles Henry Yorke died at 12:20 pm.  Cause of death listed as Cardiac Failure brought on by Broncho Pneumonia while a patient of the Davisville Hospital in Toronto, Ontario.  He was interred in Belleville, Ontario


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