Rogers, Charles Henry: Service no. 123682

Digitized Service Record

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, 1897BornBorn at London, England.
September 27, 1915Enlisted 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, 1916Served with the 70th Battalion in CanadaServed 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, 1915Anti-Typhoid Inoculation 
November 3, 1915Anti-Typhoid Inoculation 
January 11, 1916AdmittedAdmitted to Military Hospital, London, Ontario for “acute rheumatism”.
January 31, 1916DischargedDischarged to duty.
February 15, 1916Vaccinated 
February 28, 1916Vaccinated 
April 24, 1916Embarks for EnglandEmbarks at Halifax, Nova Scotia with the 70th Battalion aboard the S.S. Lapland for service in England.
May 1, 1916Assigns PayAssigns $15.00 per month to his mother, Eliza Rogers.
May 5, 1916Arrives EnglandArrives with 70th Battalion, at Liverpool, and moved to Shornecliffe, Kent.
May 19, 1916Anti-Typhoid Inoculation 
July 6, 1916TransferredTransferred 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, 1916TransferredStuck of Strength 39th Battalion and Taken on Strength with 18th Battalion.
August 12, 1916Arrives FranceTravels 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, 1917Vaccinated 
March 16, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance for scabies.
March 17, 1917ReleasedReleased from No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance after treatment.
November 1, 1917LeaveGranted 14 days leave.[ii]
May 5, 1918WoundedWounded 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, 1918Admitted HospitalAdmitted to No. 5 General Hospital, Rouen, France for “G.S.W’s upper extremities”.
May 12, 1918Moved to Convalescent DepotMoved to No. 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, France.
June 6, 1918DischargedMedical Boarded and discharged to service.
June 10, 1918TransferredTransferred to Canadian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples.
July 3, 1918TransferredTransferred to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp.
August 8, 1918Rejoins 18th BattalionRejoins 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, 1918WoundedIn 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, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to No. 54 General Hospital, Aubenque, France for G.S.W. left leg and wrist.
September 2, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to General Military Hospital, Colchester, England.
September 9, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to the Whipps Cross War Hospital, Leystone, England.
September 25, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to Military Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote, England.
January 16, 1919AdmittedAdmitted Military Hospital, London, Ontario for treatment of “G.S.W. Thigh”.
February 11, 1919DischargedDischarged to No. 1 D.D., London, Ontario.
April 14, 1919Medical ExamMedical 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, 1919DischargedDischarged 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.

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