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  • 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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  • Regimental Number:
  • 820781
  • Service Record:
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  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Patna, Ayrshire
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Next of Kin:
  • Agnes Burgoyne, mother, Girvan, Scotland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • March 14, 1887
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Baker
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • May 29, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 29
  • Religion:
  • Plymouth Brethern
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • September 7, 1955
  • Age at Death:
  • 68
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 35E-32-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • 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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  • Burgoyne, Charles Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 820781
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Patna, Ayrshire
  • Next of Kin:
  • Agnes Burgoyne, mother, Girvan, Scotland
  • Date of Birth:
  • March 14, 1887
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Keewatin, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Baker
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • May 29, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 29
  • Religion:
  • Plymouth Brethern
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • September 7, 1955
  • Age at Death:
  • 68
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 35E-32-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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