Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthSeptember 7, 1884
Place of BirthLondon
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinWife, Lillian Barnard
Trade / CallingRailroading
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number2260309
Service Record Link to Service Record
BattalionRailway Construction Depot
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Railway Troops
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Address at EnlistmentBox 274, Keewatin, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentFebruary 22, 1917
Age at Enlistment32
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathDecember 27, 1951
Age at Death67
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Barnard, Christopher George

Christopher George Barnard was born on 07 September 1884 in Camberwell, London, England. His parents were James Richard Barnard (1853-1903) and Mary Ann Burns (b. 1859). Siblings included Arthur James (1888-1970) and Edwin Thomas (1883-1981).

At the time of Christopher’s marriage to Lillian Ware on 20 July 1909 he was still living in Camberwell and was working as a ‘rubber stamp maker’. Daughter, Mary Louise was born in 1910. The next spring the family immigrated to Canada aboard the Royal Edward and arrived in Halifax on 10 May 1911. On the passenger list Christopher’s occupation is listed as ‘collar maker’. They settled in Keewatin, Ontario where Christopher got work at the Lake of the Woods Milling Company. Sons, Walter James (1912-1998) and James Richard (1914-2003) were born.

In 1917 Christopher was conscripted into service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.  He signed his attestation papers on 22 February 1917 in Winnipeg and was placed with the Canadian Railway Troops. He sailed to England arriving in Liverpool on 14 May 1917. When  he arrived, Christopher was taken on strength by the Base Depot of the Canadian Forestry Corps in Sunningdale. In July 1917 he was posted to No. 50 Company of the CFC and sent to France where he served for fourteen months. Christopher had a two week leave back to the United Kingdom in March of 1918.  He returned to France and served until, on 12 August 1918, he was transferred to the Canadian General Base Depot as ‘unfit’. There he was given a B2 classification due to myalgia and an old injury.  He spent time in #7 Canadian General Hospital and then on 26 August 1918 he was invalided to England where he was again posted to the Base Depot of the CFC in Sunningdale.  In January of 1919 Christopher returned to Canada aboard the S.S. Empress of Britain. He received his official discharge from #2 Forestry Draft due to demobilization on 04 March 1919 in Winnipeg.

After the war Christopher returned to his family in Keewatin.  In 1920 daughter Winnifred Lily was born.  The 1921 Canadian Census shows the family living in the ‘Slabtown’ area of Keewatin and Christopher being employed as a packer at the flour mill. Three more sons were born: Arthur, Edward and Joseph John. Christopher worked at the Lake of the Woods Milling Company until his retirement in 1942. He was a member of Keewatin Legion Branch #13.

Christopher died in Deer Lodge Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba on 27 December 1951. He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario.  His wife, Lillian got remarried to Arthur Robert Parfitt in 1956. She passed away in 1970 and shares a headstone with Christopher.

Christopher’s brother, Arthur served with the British forces in the 12th Battery, London Regiment during WWI.

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