Charles Ian Bazalgette

Service file

Charles Ian Bazalgette (1889–1956) was born in Wimbledon, Surrey, England and served in the British forces for four years before immigrating to Canada. He, his wife and young family settled on a farm in the area of Hardisty, Alberta. Bazalgette enlisted with the 51st Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Edmonton on June 14, 1915. He arrived in England in April 1916 and later served in France with the 44th Battalion. Bazalgette suffered from a number of medical problems, which led military doctors to declare him medically unfit for service. He returned to Canada in July 1917 and was discharged two months later in Calgary. A little over a year after returning to Canada, Bazalgette and his wife had a third child, a son they named Ian Willoughby. The family later returned to England. During the Second World War, Ian Willoughby Bazalgette was awarded the Victoria Cross while serving as a bomber pilot with the Royal Air Force. While receiving the Victoria Cross is itself exceptional, such inter-generational war service, with a father in the First World War and a son in the Second World War or Korean War, was a situation that many Canadian families experienced. Charles I. Bazalgette died in Surrey, England on January 3, 1956.

Service Record Details

Attestation Paper 1

Date of Birth: November 27, 1889 (Wimbledon, England)

Date of Attestation: June 14, 1915 (Edmonton, Alberta)

Age at Enlistment: 26 years, 7 months old

Prior Military Service: Four years with the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Royal Sussex

Height: 6 feet, ½ inch

Weight: 159 lbs

Description: Fair complexion, brown eyes, brown hair. Scar under right eye. Poor eyesight, wears glasses. Church of England.

Home Address: P.O. Box 909, Hardisty, Alberta and 2020 – 35th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta

Trade: Farmer

Married: Yes

Next of Kin: Father is deceased. Mother, Mrs. Ethel Mary Bazalgette. Wife, Mrs. Marion Edythe Bazalgette (née Bunn). As of March 1916, two children, Deryck James Norman (2½ years) and Ethel Constance Anna (13 months). A third child, Ian Willoughby, is born after the war.

Theatre of War<: France

Casualties/Medical History

Attestation Paper 2
  • May 9, 1916 – Bazalgette is admitted to hospital in England, less than two weeks after his arrival overseas. Suffering from “enlarged glands of the neck,” he is treated with iodine applications and x-ray exposures and operated on to open an abscess. After spending 45 days in hospital, he is discharged. He is then sent to France with the 44th Battalion.
  • October 31, 1916 – He falls ill at a village outside Albert, and is suffering from multiple diagnoses including Trench fever. His heart beat is irregular.
  • November 4, 1916 – He reports from Base sick and is transferred to the Casualty Clearing Station. He is suffering from Rose measles (also known as rubella), a highly contagious disease.
  • December 1916 – He is still in hospital and has contracted Trench fever.
  • He is variously described as having “Enteric Sev.” “Pyrexia of Unknown Origin (PUO),” and “Trench fever.”
  • His doctors write that he is experiencing “dizziness and dyspnea on exertion, cardiac pain at nights, sleeps poorly…”
  • January 1917 – He is diagnosed with “Vascular Disease of the Heart (VDH)”. His heart is enlarged and beating irregularly.
  • Upon discharge, his health and ability is considered to be “three fifths reducing.”
  • September 30, 1917 – The Medical Board recommends Bazalgette be discharged as “medically unfit for further military service.”

Interesting Details from the Service Record

  • Bazalgette is listed as the sole supporter of his widowed mother.
  • A cross is sent to his wife upon his death after the war. This usually indicates his death is directly related to wartime service, even when it occurs years after his return to civilian life.

The London Gazette

No mentions found.

Military Medals, Honours and Awards (1812–1969)

Census Records

No records before 1914 located.

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