Lindsey, Charles Bethune

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bethune Lindsey, DSO
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bethune Lindsey, DSO

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Bethune Lindsey, DSO was born on November 23, 1889, son of G. G. S. Lindsey, K.C.

He attended Upper Canada College (1901-1907) where he was a member of the Cadet Corps and received his BA from the University of Toronto in 1914. He served in the Kootenay Rifles before joining the Queen’s Own.

At the start of WWI, he was working for Wm Davies Co. Ltd. as an accountant.

Charles married Wanda Casimira Gzowski (grand-daughter of Casimir Gzowski) and had a son George Roy Gzowski Lindsey, who volunteered for the Royal Canadian Artillery during WWII and after being instructed about the recently discovered radar, was posted to the UK into the British Army Operational Research Group.  George spent his post war career in the Defence Research Board and the Department of National Defence.

Charles died in 1975.

Service Record

  • October 13, 1909 – Enlisted as a Rifleman in Queen’s Own Rifles
  • October 15, 1909 – Appointed Provincial Lieutenant
  • 1910 – Proceeded to England for Army Maneuvers
  • 1911 – Appointed Lieutenant in Coronation Contingent which proceeded to England for the Coronation of George V
  • November 6, 1914 – Seconded for service with the CEF with the QOR Company of the 19th Battalion and proceeded overseas [attestation records not available online with Archives and Library Canada]
  • October 9, 1919 – Promoted Major
  • September 1915 to April 1919 – Served in France
  • April 1917 – Appointed GSO3, 3rd Canadian Division
  • June 4, 1917 – Awarded Distinguished Service Order (Vimy Ridge)
  • September 1917 – Appointed Brigade Major, 11th Infantry Brigade
  • May 1918 – Apponted GSO2, 4th Canadian Division
  • February 15, 1919 – Awarded Bar to the Distinguished Service Order (LG p 2364) (Arras)
  • Mentioned in Dispatches twice
  • July 7, 1919 – Transferred to Reserve of Officers, CEF
  • November 10, 1919 – Transferred to Active Reserve and appointed Officer Commanding “A” Company, 2nd Battalion, Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
  • February 28, 1921 – Appointed Second in Command, 2nd Battalion, QOR
  • ? – Appointed Second in Command, 4th (Reserve) Battalion, QOR
  • July 1927 – Appointed Commanding Officer, 4th (Reserve) Battalion, QOR
  • December 7, 1932 – Transferred to Active List, QOR and seconded for duty as Brigade Major, 6th Infantry Brigade
  • May 6, 1935 – Awarded King’s Silver Jubilee Medal (George V)
  • 1937 – Appointed to Canadian Coronation Contingent and proceeded to England for Coronation of King George VI and awarded Coronation Medal
  • 1937 – On Reorganization, appointed to command QOR Regimental Depot
  • May 28, 1940 – Appointed Major, Canadian Army and recruited 2A Company, Veterans’ home Guard of Canada, later re-designated #3 Company, Veterans Guard of Canada. (This was the first company to be formed in World War II)
  • July 1941 – Appointed Officer Commanding and O/A Detention Barracks, Military District #2, Camp Bordon
  • September 1942 – Appointed Second in Command, 1st Garrison Battalion
  • October 1943 – Appointed Officer Commanding Veteran Guard Group (3 companies) guarding vulnerable points in Niagara Area
  • June 1944 – Promoted Lieutenant Colonel and appointed special representative to District Officer Commanding Military District #2
  • December 10, 1945 – Returned to Reserve Status

The Archives of Ontario hold the Mackenzie-Lindsey family fonds which included papers from Lieutenant Colonel Lindsey.

First World War attestation paper of Major C. B. Lindsey, DSO
First World War attestation paper of Major C. B. Lindsey, DSO

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