Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthMarch 14, 1887
Place of BirthPatna, Ayrshire
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinAgnes Burgoyne, mother, Girvan, Scotland
Trade / CallingBaker
ReligionPlymouth Brethern
Service Details
Regimental Number820781
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion52nd Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentKeewatin, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentMay 29, 1916
Age at Enlistment29
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathSeptember 7, 1955
Age at Death68
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Burgoyne, Charles

Charles Burgoyne was born 14 March 1887 in Patna, Ayreshire, Scotland. His parents were John Burgoyne and Agnes McFadyen.   Siblings included: Thomas (1884-1915), Jeannie (1885-1973), Mary (1890-1986) and Bessie (1893-1983).

Charles immigrated to Canada in 1911 and settled in Keewatin, Ontario in 1913.  He got employment with the Lake of the Woods Milling Company as a baker.

On 29 May 1916 Charles enlisted with the 141st ‘Bull Moose’ Battalion in Keewatin. He left for training in Port Arthur in August 1916.   During this time he attended bomb school in Winnipeg (December 1916) and a wire entanglement course in Winnipeg (March 1917). His battalion went overseas embarking from Halifax on 29 April 1917 aboard the S.S. Olympic. When they landed in Liverpool, Charles was transferred to the 18th Reserve battalion until September 1917 when he was sent to France with the 52nd Battalion Manitoba Regiment. He served there for 17 months receiving two promotions – to Corporal on 9 March 1918 and to Sergeant on 2 November 1918. In February of 1919 Charles returned to England and then to Canada in March 1919.   His official discharge came on 31 March 1919 in Port Arthur and was due to demobilization.   Later that summer he was honoured by being ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’.

After the war, Charles returned to Keewatin and on 10 June 1921 he married Jamesina Clark.   Her brother,  William Clark was one of Keewatin’s young soldiers who was killed in action during the war.

Charles and Ina had two daughters – Mary Louise (Marie) and Josephine (Joie).   He continued to work at the flour mill until his retirement in 1953.

Charles died 07 September 1955 in Kenora, Ontario. He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

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