Source: Per record of promotion for Stephens, George (53393).
Letter by Private Frederick William StokesPrivate Frederick William StokesPrivate Frederick William Stokes to his daughter in which he refers to Crofford Campbell. It is not clear how each soldier knew each other. Crofford enlisted at Walkreton in 1914 and Stokes enlisted in Goderich with the 161st Battalion in 1915. They lived in the same county but had different trades.
Private F. W. Stokes
654708 B. D.
France, #654708 1 B.D.
Apl 1/18 B.E.F.
Just a line to let you know where I am. I left England last week for France and am waiting here, expecting the call any time to go into action.
No doubt you are surprised to know that I am over here, but the fact remains that I am.
George came across over a month ago, and has been up the line now for nearly three weeks. I haven’t heard from him since came over but I guess he is too busy just now to write. I don’t expect to hear from him until his Batt. Comes out of the line to rest, I think I told you he was in the 18th where Crofford Campbell is. I seen lots of the 18th boys at Bramshott who knew Crofford and they all spoke awfully nice of him. He is back with the Batt now so I guess George has found him long before this.
Well I guess you would enjoy your trip home for Easter. You don’t know how I would like to be there with you all. You don’t know how much I miss you all and home.
I can’t tell you much about this country yet as I haven’t seen a great deal of it. We are camped some distance from the line, just waiting the call to be sent up to our unit. The Bates boys left last night for the line. I don’t know how little Bertie will make out with those little short legs of his, but I guess he will get there somehow.
I hope this finds you well and that you like your position as well as ever.
Write to me soon as I haven’t had a letter for some time now, we have been moved about so much lately. I don’t know when we will get our mail.
Well Ethel, I guess I can’t say any more for this time, as we can’t say all here what we would like. Enough to say I am real well and going to the front along with a lot of old timers in the game. I will close more hoping you are well, and that I may here from you soon.
Your Loving father
Pte F. W. Stokes
Summary of Service for Sergeant Crofford Campbell, reg. no. 54007
|March 2, 1894||Born||Born in Duluth, Minnesota to Mr. and Mrs. George Campbell.|
|October 27, 1914||Enlists||Enlists in Walkerton, Ontario. Currently residing in Kincardine, Ontario and is a cabinet maker. He is 20-years old and stands an uncharacteristically tall 6’.|
|April 29, 1915||Arrives England||Arrives aboard the S.S. Grampian with the 18th Battalion and arrives at West Sandling Camp.|
|May 14, 1915||Absent Without Leave||Forfeits 1 days pay.|
|August 4, 1915||Absent Without Leave||Forfeits 1 days pay.|
|September 6, 1915||Admitted to Hospital||Admitted for bruised ankle. Run over by motor truck.|
|September 9, 1915||Transferred to Base Company||Transferred to Base (Headquarters) Company.|
|September 12, 1915||Discharged from Hospital|
|September 12, 1915||Transferred to “B” Company||Internal transfer from one unit to another. From Base Company to “B” Company.|
|September 14, 1915||Embarks to France||18th Battalion with rest of 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade embarks for France.|
|November 1, 1915||Appointed||Appointed to Lance-Corporal.|
|April 17, 1916||Appointed||Appointed to Corporal with pay.|
|May 7, 1916||Promoted||Promoted to Corporal.|
|June 3, 1916||Granted Leave||Granted 8 days leave.|
|July 2, 1916||Wounded||G.S.W. Left hand, face and eye. Admitted No. 5 C.F.A.|
|July 3, 1916||Hospitalized||Attends No. 13 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, France.|
|July 9, 1916||Transferred||Transfers to No. 1 Convalescent Hospital, Boulogne, France.|
|July 16, 1916||Discharged||Discharged to Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France.|
|August 8, 1916||Transferred||Transferred to C.C.A.C (Canadian Casualty Clearing Center) in Folkstone, England.|
|August 10, 1916||Arrives||C.C.A.C., Folkestone, England.|
|August 10, 1916||Proceeds of Medical Board||Fit for duty after 8-week physical training. G.S.W. to right-hand, third finger and left eye.|
|August 21, 1916||On Command||On Command to the 1st Canadian Convalescent Depot.|
|March 10, 1917||S.O.S. to Western Ontario Regiment||Struck off Strength from the 1st. C.C.D. to the W.O.R. at Hastings, England.|
|March 11, 1917||S.O.S. to 2nd C.C.D.||S.O.S. to 2nd C.C.D. at Bramshott.|
|March 27, 1917||Medical Report||Tonsillitis.|
|March 28, 1917||Admitted||Admitted Canadian Military Hospital, Hastings.|
|June 13, 1917||Discharged||Discharged Canadian Military Hospital, Hastings.|
|June 20, 1917||4th Reserve Battalion||Transferred from 2nd C.C.D. to 4th Reserve Battalion.|
|September 1, 1917||Assigns Pay||Assigns $20.00 pay per month to his mother, Mrs. G. Campbell.|
|November 9, 1917||Arrives 18th Battalion||Posted from 4th Reserve Battalion back to the 18th Battalion.|
|December 1, 1917||Appointed Lance-Sergeant|
|January 12, 1918||Transferred to W.O.R.D.||Transferred to Western Ontario Regimental Depot.|
|January 15, 1918||On Command||“On Command for War Office for special duty from that date.”|
|January 15, 1918||Appointed Acting-Sergeant|
|January 29, 1918||Embarked for Basrah, Persia||Embarked at Southampton to be part of the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force.|
|March 2, 1918||Disembarked Basrah||To be part of the Dunsterforce.|
|February 12, 1919||Approval to Marry|
|February 15, 1919||Married||Marries Lillian Victoria Elgar.|
|March 7, 1919||Marriage Recorded||Married to Lillian Victoria Elgar at, an English spinster, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Parish of Hastings, County of Sussex. Marriage witnessed by Henry Thomas Elgar and Stanley Saunders. Officiated by Thomas Cook, Canon and Prebendary.|
|April 4, 1919||Eye Exam||Captain W.S. Loggie indicates defective vision due to service from wound in 1916.|
|April 7, 1919||Dental Exam||Fillings reported in teeth no. 8 and 9.|
|April 16, 1919||Struck Off Strength||S.O.S. to M.D. 1 Rhyl Ripon.|
|May 2, 1919||To Canada||Embarks S.S. Cassandra|
|May 15, 1919||Discharged||Discharged from CEF in Military District No. 1 [London, Ontario] for demobilization and being medically unfit for general service.|
|July 8, 1919||War Service Gratuity||War Service Gratuity paid to Sergeant Campbell’s wife, Mrs. L.V. Campbell residing at 45 Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings, Sussex, England.|
|August 23, 1958||Deceased||He died at Sunnybrook Hospital. His wife was Lillian V. Campbell and they resided at 147 Mill Street, South, Brampton, Ontario.|