Source: Family member from 18th Battalion Facebook Group.
British Home Child.
Summary of Service for Lance-Corporal Charles Harry Rogers, reg. no. 123682
|September 8, 1897||Born||Born at London, England.|
|September 27, 1915||Enlisted C.E.F.||Enlists with the 70th Battalion in London, Ontario. He listed his mother, Eliza Rogers (mother) as his next-of-kin residing at 9 Holmes Street[i], London, England. Listing his trade or calling as “farmer” he stood 5’ 6.75” tall, weighing 135 pounds.|
|September 1915 to April 24, 1916||Served with the 70th Battalion in Canada||Served with the 70th Battalion in Canada (London, Ontario) until it embarked for England on April 24, 1916. Record card shows clean with no notations or demerits.|
|October 23, 1915||Anti-Typhoid Inoculation|
|November 3, 1915||Anti-Typhoid Inoculation|
|January 11, 1916||Admitted||Admitted to Military Hospital, London, Ontario for “acute rheumatism”.|
|January 31, 1916||Discharged||Discharged to duty.|
|February 15, 1916||Vaccinated|
|February 28, 1916||Vaccinated|
|April 24, 1916||Embarks for England||Embarks at Halifax, Nova Scotia with the 70th Battalion aboard the S.S. Lapland for service in England.|
|May 1, 1916||Assigns Pay||Assigns $15.00 per month to his mother, Eliza Rogers.|
|May 5, 1916||Arrives England||Arrives with 70th Battalion, at Liverpool, and moved to Shornecliffe, Kent.|
|May 19, 1916||Anti-Typhoid Inoculation|
|July 6, 1916||Transferred||Transferred to the 39th Battalion, a reinforcing battalion, for further training in preparation to being a reinforcement for a line unit. The unit is located in West Sandling.|
|August 10, 1916||Transferred||Stuck of Strength 39th Battalion and Taken on Strength with 18th Battalion.|
|August 12, 1916||Arrives France||Travels from Folkestone via Boulogne to the Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France in preparation to join the 18th.|
|September 17, 1916.||Joins Unit.||Joins the 18th Battalion two days after and Somme attack of Flers-Courcelette where the Canadian Corps, and the 18th Battalion, where heavily engaged in combat. This was very high intensity combat and one of the worse months for the Battalion for casualties.|
|February 16, 1917||Vaccinated|
|March 16, 1917||Admitted||Admitted to No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance for scabies.|
|March 17, 1917||Released||Released from No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance after treatment.|
|November 1, 1917||Leave||Granted 14 days leave.[ii]|
|May 5, 1918||Wounded||Wounded G.S.W. left shoulder. Moved from the line to No. 56 Casualty Clearing Station and then via hospital train to No. 5 General Hospital.[iii]|
|May 10, 1918||Admitted Hospital||Admitted to No. 5 General Hospital, Rouen, France for “G.S.W’s upper extremities”.|
|May 12, 1918||Moved to Convalescent Depot||Moved to No. 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, France.|
|June 6, 1918||Discharged||Medical Boarded and discharged to service.|
|June 10, 1918||Transferred||Transferred to Canadian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples.|
|July 3, 1918||Transferred||Transferred to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp.|
|August 8, 1918||Rejoins 18th Battalion||Rejoins 18th Battalion. It is stationed near Marcelcave in the Amien sector. That day the Battalion was heavily engaged in combat as part of the 100 Days Campaign. Coincidentally, on the date of his arrival Private Rogers was appointed a Lance-Corporal as soldier Joseph Spinks, reg. no. 455959, was promoted.|
|August 27, 1918||Wounded||In the Telegraph Hill Sector, near Arras, the Battalion had been heavily engaged that day. The combat resulting in 10 men killed and 150 being wounded. Lance-Corporal Rogers was one of those men with a G.S.W. to the left leg and wrist.[iv]|
|August 28, 1918||Admitted||Admitted to No. 54 General Hospital, Aubenque, France for G.S.W. left leg and wrist.|
|September 2, 1918||Admitted||Admitted to General Military Hospital, Colchester, England.|
|September 9, 1918||Admitted||Admitted to the Whipps Cross War Hospital, Leystone, England.|
|September 25, 1918||Admitted||Admitted to Military Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote, England.|
|January 16, 1919||Admitted||Admitted Military Hospital, London, Ontario for treatment of “G.S.W. Thigh”.|
|February 11, 1919||Discharged||Discharged to No. 1 D.D., London, Ontario.|
|April 14, 1919||Medical Exam||Medical Exam upon discharge at London, Ontario (Military District No. 1). Scabies 17-3-17 fully recovered. Shrapnel wound (slight) to left shoulder 9-5-1918, and reheumatism from 10-1-16 t0 30-1-16. No disability. His height is listed as 5’ 7” and he weighs 140 pounds.|
|April 16, 1919||Discharged||Discharged from military service at London, Ontario. His intended residence is 941 Elias Street London, Ontario[v].|
[i] The documentation shows an address of 9 or 91 Holmes “Street”. There appears to be no Holmes Street but a Holmes Road. Other addresses associated with Eliza Rogers appear to be 34 York Street, Hackney Road, Shoreditch, London, E2 and
[ii] With the arrival of, then Private Rogers, to the Battalion in September 1916 until his leave in November 1917 he served without interruption with the Battalion. This would be, in summary: The Somme from September 1916 to December 1916; Lens/Arras from January 1917 to August involving the Battle of Vimy Ridge and Hill 70; and Passchendaele.
[iii] Wounded near Blairville, France. One of 3 men wounded that day, most likely from shrapnel.
[iv] Lance-Corporal rejoined the Battalion at the beginning of the Last 100 Days campaign during which some of the most intense combat the Battalion was to experience occurred. I believe that August 1918 was the worse month for men killed in action making it more intense than the experience of the Battalion at the Somme in September 1916.
[v] This is later amended to 11 Josephine Street, London, Ontario.