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Charles James Townsend Stewart


Stewart, Charles James Townshend, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Medals/Honours: Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O) and Bar, Croix de Guerre (Amiens), twice Mentioned in Dispatches (MID). Occupation: Soldier of Fortune and Army Officer. Military Service: Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel Commanding PPCLI. Attestation Papers not found online. Diary References: Capt. Stewart, 2:29 Dec ’15; Col. Stewart, 6:27 Aug ’18; Col. killed at Cambrai, 7:30 Nov ’18.

Additional Biographical Information

“Colonel Charles James Townshend Stewart (1874-1918), of Halifax, killed while commanding the PPCLI on the Western Front in WWI, was a soldier of fortune in China and Peru as well as an NWMP trooper in the Yukon and a railway foreman in BC.” See Soldiers of Fortune.

See Dictionary of Canadian Biography Stewart, Charles James Townshend.

“Lieutenant-Colonel C.J.T. Stewart. Appointed Lieutenant P.P.C.L.I, August 12, 1914. Wounded at St. Eloi, March 15, 1915. Captain, July 27, 1915. Major, June 3, 1916. Commanded attacking line in assault on Fabeck Graben, September 15, 1916. Invalided sick December 17, 1916. Rejoined June 1, 1917. Invalided sick September 17, 1917. Rejoined November 9, 1917. Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding P.P.C.L.I. March 30, 1918. Commanded during the Battles of Amiens and the Scarpe in August 1918. Killed near Raillencourt during the Battle of Cambrai, September 28, 1918.” See Hodder-Williams, Ralph, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, 1914-1918, Vol. 2. The Roll of Honour and Appendices (London & Toronto: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., 1923), 72.

Date of Death: 28 September 1918. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Ontario Cemetery, Sains-Les-Marquion, Sains-les-Marquion, Pas de Calais, France. Grave Reference: I.D.2.


Ontario Cemetery, Sains-Les-Marquion, Pas de Calais, France.


Ontario Cemetery