Charles Vincent Massey

Service file

Charles Vincent Massey (1887-1967) was born in Toronto, Ontario, on February 20, 1887, the son of one of the wealthiest families in the city. Before the war, he attended the University of Toronto and Oxford University. He enlisted in the Queens Own Rifles of Canada in 1907. When hostilities broke out in 1914, Massey was commissioned as an officer for Military District No. 12, headquartered in Regina, Saskatchewan. During the war he worked with the Officers Training Corps, as well as the war committee of the Cabinet in 1918, until the armistice was signed on November 11 of that year. Massey did not serve overseas during the First World War, which is perhaps why his service file is not extensive. After the war he served as a distinguished Canadian diplomat and became the first Canadian-born governor general of Canada on February 26, 1952. He was noted for working hard to promote the image of Canada as a multicultural nation. He died on December 30, 1967, in London, United Kingdom. Massey College at the University of Toronto is named after him, as is the eminent lecture series, the Massey Lectures.

Service Record Details

Attestation Paper 1

Date of Birth: February 20, 1887

Date of Attestation: Not indicated

Age at Enlistment: Not indicated

Active Militia: Yes—Queen's Own Rifles (Musketry Staff, M.D. No. 2)

Height: Not indicated

Weight: Not indicated

Description: Not indicated

Home Address: 71 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario

Trade: Dean of Victoria College

Married: Yes

Next of Kin:  Wife (Alice Massey)

Theatre of War: Canada

Interesting Details from the Service Record

Attestation Paper 2
  • March 1, 1920 – Massey's certificate of service indicates that he was appointed to a commissioned rank in the Canadian Officer's Training Corps on July 21, 1915. He was then "seconded as Secretary of the war committee of the cabinet from 1-2-18 to 31-12-18," at which point he was struck off strength due to general demobilization. (Page 9)

The London Gazette

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