Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthOctober 18, 1887
Place of BirthCanterbury, Kent
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinLionel Green, father, Black Hawk, Ontario
Trade / CallingFarmer
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number820172
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion141st Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentBlack Hawk, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentJanuary 20, 1916
Age at Enlistment28
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathAugust 29, 1960
Age at Death72
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Green, Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart Green was born on 18 October 1887 in Canterbury, Kent, England. He was the son of Lionel Green and Selina Stidwell, their marriage registered during the second quarter of 1882 in Canterbury. Stewart had three older siblings, Frederick Alfred Lionel (Fred), Marian Ethel, and Sidney Herbert, and a younger siblings, Reginald Horace and Lillian Marguerite. Over the years Lionel worked as a marine store dealer as would Sidney in later years. Although a death record was not found, it appears that Selina may have died by the time of the 1901 census, with just the boys living with Lionel in Canterbury, Ethel having gone into service, and Lillian living with her paternal grandparents.

Lionel and Stewart were the first to immigrate to Canada, arriving in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the Lake Manitoba on 18 April 1904. Although their destination was given as Winnipeg, they ended up in the Black Hawk/Finland area of Rainy River in Ontario where they farmed. Reginald joined them in 1907, arriving in Saint John aboard the Lake Manitoba  on 27 March while Fred did not immigrate until April of 1922, arriving on the Empress of Britain on the 19th. Sidney, Ethel, and Lillian remained in England, later marrying.

Stewart signed his attestation papers with the 141st Battalion on 20 January 1916 in Emo, Ontario, a village near where he was farming. He gave his father Lionel In Black Hawk as next of kin. Stewart was granted a farm furlough from 6 May to 1 June and then again from 19 July to 9 August 1916. On 1 September he was promoted to Corporal, detailed for instruction at Camp Hughes 11 September to 9 October. In April of 1917 Stewart was transferred to Headquarters BT and PT School in Toronto, on to MD #2 NCO Training School, also in Toronto, and then to the Canadian Army Service Corps Service Company (Physical Training) MD #4 (Montreal). At Camp Borden he had been promoted to Sergeant and at some point he married, his wife listed as Rose on his later pay records. Stewart was discharged from service on 8 April 1919 in Montreal.

Stewart’s three brothers all served during the war. Before immigrating to Canada, Fred served in the Royal Naval Reserves for the duration of the war, further details unknown. His brother Reginald enlisted in Winnipeg in August of 1915 and went overseas with the 179th Battalion, later transferring to the 16th Battalion and arriving in France in April 1917. Reginald was killed in action on 16 August 1917 and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Stewart’s brother Sidney, marrying Edith Farley in Brighton in 1910 and having at least one child, served as a Gunner with C Battery, 251st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He was killed in action on 27 October 1917. Sidney is interred the Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium.

After the war Stewart and Rose returned to the Finland area where they were to farm. Daughter Marion Eleanor was born in 1921. In June of 1959 Stewart and Rose moved to Kenora, Ontario where Eleanor, husband Hilliard Fawcett, and their two sons were living. Stewart died on 29 August 1960 at his home on 5th Avenue South. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Rose, daughter Eleanor Fawcett and family, brother Fred in Port Arthur, as well as his two sisters, Ethel Campkin and Lillian Short, in England. Rose died in October of 1984 and is interred with Stewart in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

By Judy Stockham



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