Charles Frederick Dougherty signature

Charles Frederick Dougherty, a shipping clerk, signed up in Ottawa on this day in 1918. He was born in Deseronto on December 6th, 1887, the son of John Dougherty and Emma (née Woodcock). By 1911 the family had moved to Ottawa and on May 27th, 1915 Dougherty married Marie Anne St. Amand. They had a one-year-old son at the time of Charles’s enlistment.

Charles joined the 74th Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery with the regimental number 345187. He was described as having a fresh complexion, brown eyes and brown hair and was five feet ten inches tall. His service record shows that he embarked the SS Metagama in Halifax just one week later, arriving in Scotland on March 11th. He trained in Witley Camp until August, when he was posted to the 5th Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery, which he joined in France on the 29th of that month. Dougherty returned to England on April 14th, 1919 and sailed back to Canada on the SS Minnekahda, disembarking on May 23rd. He was demobilized in Ottawa on May 26th.

Charles Dougherty died in Ottawa on April 13th, 1955 and was buried in Beechwood Cemetery.

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