Clarke, Charles: Service no. 776073

Digitized Service Record

Source: Facebook Group via contribution by Ed Clarke.


Wounded on August 21, 1917 by a German shell hitting a road.

Private Charles Clark, reg. no. 776072, is the soldier under the “X”. Photo contributed by Ed Clarke.

Summary of Service[i] for Private Charles Clarke, reg. no. 776073

May 8, 1876BornBorn England.
May 13, 1916EnlistsEnlists with the 126th Overseas Battalion at Toronto, Ontario on May 13, 1916. He is a fireman and claims 12-years service with the Imperial Garrison Artillery which includes 2-years in South Africa and 3-years in China. He is 40-years old, almost too old to enlist, and he stands 5’9” tall. He follows the Church of England. He lists his mother as his next of kin. Ruth Clarke lives at Norton, Littleworth, Worcestershire, England. His current address is 20 Arlington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
June 7, 1916Forfeits PayForfeits 2-day’s pay AWL per DO 133.
July 1, 1916Forfeits PayForfeits 4-day’s pay AWL per DO 154.
July 31, 1916Submits FormSubmits “Particulars of Family of an Officer or Man Enlisted in the C.E.F.” This form shows his place of birth as Worcester, England and that he is not married with no children. He indicates on this form he has no other next-of-kin except his sister, Mrs. Julia Wells living at 20 Arlington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
August 8, 1916Forfeits PayForfeits 4-day’s pay AWL per DO 189.
August 1916Assigns PayAssigns $20.00 per month to his sister, Mrs. Julia Wells, 20 Arlington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.
August 14, 1916Unit Sails 
August 24, 1916Unit ArrivesUnit arrives aboard the SS Empress of Britain.
October 15, 1916TransferredSOS 126th Battalion and transferred to the 116th Battalion at Bramshott.
November 28, 1916TransferredSOS 116th Battalion to 18th Battalion.
November 29, 1916TOSTOS 18th Battalion and arrives at CBD, Etaples, France.
December 3, 1916Joins 18thJoins the 18th Battalion.
August 21, 1917Admitted“Wounded by enemy shell bursting in road.” This shell wounds and kills 23 men of the 28th Battalion. Admitted to No. 12 Field Ambulance Depot for GSW to left knee.
August 22, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 6 CCS for GSW to left knee.
August 23, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 4 General Hospital, Camiers, France for GSW to left knee.
September 11, 1917AdmittedTransported by the AT Ville de Liege hospital ship to England. Admitted to 2nd West General Hospital, Manchester, England for GWS left knee. Noted that he was wounded on August 22, 1917 (incorrect) and that that a small foreign body was detected but not removed. He is “posted” to the WORD.
October 28, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to Canadian Convalescent Hospital, West Cote, Epsom.
November 2, 1917Discharged and PostedDischarged and posted to 4th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.
March 25, 1918AttachedAttached to duty with CTWS (this abbreviation is unknown to author0, Bexhill, England.
June 11, 1918AppointedAppointed Lance-Corporal with pay at Witley Camp.
October 12, 1918Permission to Marry 
December 16, 1918Medical ExamMedical exam in preparation for repatriation to Canada. On this form it indicates he was born a Worcester, England.
December 18, 1918Dental ExamDental exam shows only one filling. Kinmel Park, North Wales.
December 21, 1918Proceeds to Canada 
December 30, 1918Arrives CanadaArrives at Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the SS Carmania.
January 2, 1919DemobilizedDemobilized at Toronto, Ontario. He has the rank of Lance-Corporal.
January 18, 1919Medical ExamIndicates he is suffering from myalgia.
January 23, 1919Discharged 
February 17, 1919Applies for War Service Gratuity 
January 29, 1961PassesPasses and is buried


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CDCCanadian Dispatch Camp
CFACanadian Field Ambulance/Canadian Field Artillery. Most common usage would be Canadian Field Ambulance.
DAHDisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
WORDWestern Ontario Regimental Depot

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.


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