|Date of Birth||February 2, 1894|
|Place of Birth||Portland, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||George Clemons, father, Kenora, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Farmer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Place of Enlistment||Moosomin, Saskatchewan|
|Date of Enlistment||August 14, 1915|
|Age at Enlistment||21|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||June 28, 1964|
|Age at Death||70|
|Buried At||Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia|
Charles Edward Clemons was born on 2 February 1894 in the Portland, Leeds area of Ontario where his family farmed. His parents were George Clemons and Fanny Victoria Preston, the couple marrying in 1890 in Singleton, Ontario. Children born to the family were Gertrude (m Henry Primrose) (1892-bef 1964), Charles, Emily (m Edward John Mott) (1897-1979), Anna (1899-1925) and Howard (1901-1921). At some point after the 1901 census the family moved to Kenora in northwestern Ontario where George found work as a labourer.
On 14 August 1915, in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Charles enlisted with the 68th Battalion. His occupation was given as farmer and his father George back in Kenora as next of kin. Charles was discharge from service as undesirable on 10 September 1915 in Regina, rank of Private.
By the 1921 census the family was living in Edmonton in Alberta, with Charles working as a labourer. According to his later BC death record, he moved to British Columbia around 1946 and to Vancouver around 1956. Charles died on 28 June 1964 in Vancouver. He was predeceased by his mother (1928, Edmonton), father (1934, Ponoka), and most of his siblings. He was survived by his sister Emily Mott of Summerland, BC and nieces and nephews. Charles is interred in the Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver.
By Judy Thorburn