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Remembering Those Who Served Yarmouth Town and County 1914 - 1918
Name: Service No Rank Battalion/Service Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Date of Enlistment: Age at Enlistment: Height: Weight: Complexion: Hair Colour: Eye Colour: Place of Enlistment: Address at Enlistment: Trade: Next of Kin: Additional Information:
Crosby, Charles Augustus 222902 Private 85th Battalion [October 13, 1915 - December 1916] 13th Battalion [December 1916 -May 2, 1917] April 9, 1899 Yarmouth, NS October 30, 1915 16 5 feet, 5inches 130 lbs. Dark Dark Brown Halifax NS Grocery Store Clerk Mrs Elizabeth Crosby (Mother), Yarmouth, NS Charles Augustus Crosby was the son of Adelbert Crosby (1876–1940) and Elizabeth Crosby (1880–1929) of Yarmouth, NS. He was sixteen years of age when he enlisted with the 85th Battalion. He transferred to 112th Battalion on April 15, 1916 and sailed from Halifax for Liverpool on the SS Olympic on October 12, 1916. In England he served with the 13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada). The 13th Battalion became part of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division. He was wounded at Vimy Ridge on April 21, 1917. Private Crosby was hit by a piece of shrapnel on the right hip and shrapnel lodged in muscles of his leg. He was taken to to 3rd Field Ambulance on April 21 and transferred to 42nd Canadian Casualty Station and the following day moved to 26th General Hospital at Etaples. On May 2, 1917 he was returned to England and sent to 1st London General Hospital. Two weeks after the injury he underwent surgery there to remove a large piece of the shrapnel. On November 15, 1917 he was moved to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bear Wood, Wokingham, Berkshire, London. On February 6, 1918 he was transferred to No. 5 Kirkdale General Hospital, Liverpool to await transport to Canada. He returned to Canada on the HMHS [Hospital Ship] Araguaya on March 11, 1918 from Liverpool and arrived in Halifax on March 22, 1918 The Araguaya was leased by the Royal Canadian Navy. It made 20 round trips between England and Halifax, carrying a total of 15,324 sick and wounded Canadian soldiers back home. Now assigned to No. 6 District Depot, Halifax, Private Crosby was admitted to the Pine Hill Military Hospital in Halifax; however required Surgery and was transferred to Camp Hill on May 8, 1918. He was discharged from Camp Hill on October 17, 1918 and officially discharged from military service at Halifax on October 22, 1918. He continued to receive medical attention to the wound throughout 1919. Died: Saturday, March 6, 1971 Read more about Vimy at: Remembering Vimy Ride
HMHS [Hospital Ship] Araguaya