Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthJuly 31, 1875
Place of BirthFlore, Northamptonshire
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinClark Garner, 11 Chalk Lane, Long Gardens, Northampton, England
Trade / CallingShoemaker
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental NumberA39210
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion52nd Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Date of EnlistmentMay 19, 1915
Age at Enlistment29
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Death Details

Garner, Charles William

Private Charles William Garner enlisted in Kenora, Ontario on 19 May 1915. His gave his birth date as 31 July 1875 in Flore, Northamptonshire, England and next of kin as Clark Garner of Northampton, Northamptonshire. His relationship to Clark was not stated. Charles said he had served for twelve years in the Northamptonshire Regiment, Royal Garrison Artillery. He was a shoemaker by trade and he was 5’7″ with hazel eyes and reddish brown hair.

Charles joined the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion, which was being recruited in northwestern Ontario, including the town of Kenora. In June the men were sent to Port Arthur for further training. On 15 July, after two months of service, Charles was struck off strength in Port Arthur as a deserter. So far, no other record of Charles has been found either before or after the war and his name may have been an alias.

By Becky Johnson