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Name: Charles Edward Crosby (Muise) Regimental Number: 742814 Rank: Private Service: 115th Battalion/24th Battalion 5th Canadian Machine Gun Company Date of Birth: June 8, 1894 Place of Birth: South Ohio, Yarmouth Co., N.S. Place of Enlistment: St. John, New Brunswick (115th Battalion) Address at Enlistment: South Ohio, Yarmouth Co., N.S. Date of Enlistment: February 28, 1916 Place of Enlistment: St. John, New Brunswick Age at Enlistment: 21 Height: 5 feet, 6 inches Complexion: Dark Eye Colour: Brown Hair Colour: Black Marital Status: Single Trade: Farmer Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: James Muise (Brother) Boston, Mass. US Elsie Muise (Wife) London, England (Effective September 1, 1916) Date of Death: August 3, 1917 Age at Death: 23 Cemetery: Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, France Grave Reference: I. G. 22.) Commemorated on Page 298 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 30th Charles Edward Crosby enlisted using the last name of Muise. In England he married Elsie Lewis of 65 Liverpool Mansions, Station Rd, Highbury, London North, UK. He enlisted with the 115th Battalion and trained in Canada until July, 1916. He embarked Halifax on the SS Olympic arriving in Liverpool, England on July 31, 1916. At Bramshott Camp he was transferred to the 24th Battalion for service in France. He joined the 24th Battalion in the field on October 20, 1916. Although with the 24th Battalion, he was attached to the 5th Canadian Machine Gun Company when he was killed in action on August 3, 1917 during operations north west of Lens, France. Lieutenant H. A. McBurney of the 5th Canadian Machine Gun Company wrote: “He was with two other boys at the time and it seemed as if he was the only one wanted. The other two had miraculous escapes and the poor boy was taken without even knowing what had happened to him. … His features were not marked in the least and he died with a smile on his lips. His body was sent out of the line and will be buried tomorrow with full military honours in the Canadian Military Cemetery which is back of our horse lines … back far enough to escape attention from enemy shells.” Private Charles Edward Crosby is buried in the Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, four miles west of Lens, France.
Charles Edward Crosby/Muise
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Sources: Library and Archives Canada Commonwealth War Grave Commission Canadian Virtual War Memorial Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (p 103)