Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Charles Herbert Collyer

In memory of
Sergeant
Charles Herbert Collyer
June 2, 1916

Military Service:

Service Number:
109277
Age:
24
Force:
Army
Unit:
4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regt.)

Additional Information:

Born:
May 20, 1892 Moosomin, Saskatchewan
Enlistment:
December 14, 1914 Toronto, Ontario

Son of Charles Ralph Collyer and Jessie Maria Pearson. At the time the area was known as Assiniboia and considered part of the North West Territories.

Commemorated on Page 69 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information:

Cemetery:
MENIN GATE (YPRES) MEMORIAL , Belgium
Grave Reference:
Panel 30 and 32
Location:

The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Death notice – Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  CLEAL TO CONNOLLY.  Microform Sequence 21; Volume Number 31829_B016730. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 165.  Page 1047 of 1384.
  • Attestation Paper (Front) – Source: N. Hockin
  • Attestation Paper (Back) – Source: N. Hockin
  • Photo of Charles Herbert Collyer – Source: N. Hockin
  • On board R.M.S. Hesperian – Corporal Charles Collyer, likely on board R.M.S. Hesperian, Allan Line, en route Plymouth, England, July 1915.  Source: N. Hockin
  • Charles Collyer with his Uncle Walter Dawes – Corporal Charles Collyer with his Uncle Walter DawesRye, Sussex, England 1915  Source: N. Hockin
  • Charles with Signal Flags – Source: N. Hockin
  • Charles in training – Source: N. Hockin
  • Postcard sent by Charles Collyer – Postcard sent by Charles Collyer to his sister Francesfrom Toronto, Ontario, April 3, 1915. Charles is second from right.Source: N. Hockin
  • Postcard to sister Frances – Text reads "Toronto, Ont., Apl. 2, 1915. Dear Fan:  Don't know if you will recognise your little brother as this is not an extra good photo. Everything is going fine.  Going home to-morrow.  Chas" Source: N. Hockin
  • Family Photo – Left to right:  Frances, Charles and Edith Collyerwith mother Jessie (Pearson) Collyer,taken Moosomin, NWT, probably 1895Source: N. Hockin
  • Charles with sisters – Charles toboganning with sisters Frances and Edithat home near Welwyn, NWT (Saskatchewan), winter 1896-97
Source: N. Hockin
  • Family Photo #2 – Left to right.  Front row:  Frances, Charles, Edith Collyer;back row:  Charles Ralph (father), Harold (uncle) and Fanny (great-aunt) Collyer,August 4, 1897, Moosomin NWTSource: N. Hockin
  • Memorial from Buckingham Palace – Source: N. Hockin
  • Memorial Scroll – Source: N. Hockin
  • Postcard of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial – Postcard of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial shortly after it was completed in 1927.
  • Inside the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial – Postcard of the interior of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial ca. 1927.Charles Collyer is commemorated on Panels 30 and 32.
  • Charles and his brothers – Charles and his brothers, London Ontario, 1908.  Left to right.  Back row:  Cyril, Charles, Ralph.  Front row:  Eric, Percy, Ernie, Gerald.  Cyril, Charles, Ralph, Ernie and their eldest sister Frances enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
  • Charles Collyer with his siblings and step-mother – Charles Collyer with his siblings and step-mother at home, London Ontario, 1908.  Left to right. Back row:  Cyril, Edith, Charles, Frances, Ethel and Ralph.  Middle row:  Olive with mother Emily (Lewarton) Collyer.  Front row:  Eric, Percy, Gerald and Ernie Collyer.
  • Frances Collyer, Eldest sibling of Charles Collyer – Frances Collyer, RN, 1890-1971.  Eldest sibling of Charles Herbert Collyer.  Graduated from School of Nursing, New York Hospital, 1916.  Portrait by Sanders, London, ON, Canada.
  • Frances Collyer, Sister of Charles Collyer – Nursing Sister Lt. Frances Collyer, RN.  Enlisted in the No. 10 Canadian Stationary Hospital, CEF, in London, ON on May 23, 1916 and appointed to commissioned rank in the Canadian Army Medical Corps.  Arrived in England July 5, 1916, a month after her brother Charles' death at Sanctuary Wood.  Served in England and France, including Folkestone and Le Tréport.  (Certificate of Service notes "Westcliffe, Eye and Ear Hospital, Ont. Military Hospital, Orpington, CAMC Cas. Coy. Shorncliffe.")  Demobilized June 20, 1919.  Portrait by Swaine, London, England.
  • Newspaper Clipping – From the Toronto Star for 2 April 1917, page 5.
  • Newspaper Clipping

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