CASTLE, George John

CASTLE, George John   

DOB: 1897-09-16 England

Son of the late George John and Maria Castle.

Arrived: 1910 on board the Empress of Ireland age 13

Enlisted 1915-12-06 in Lindsey Ontario, regimental # 724679

Full Military File.

Shows a Miss Carrie Castle at 217 Vauxhall Bridge Rd. London England as an aunt and next of kin. It appears that she married and became Mrs. Richard Pain, 22 Chatham St. Ramsgate England and she received the Plaque and scroll along with the British War Medal in 1921.

He was diagnosed with Neuritis in 1916. Neuritis: inflammation of a peripheral nerve or nerves, usually causing pain and loss of function. Caused by an empty shell casing that struck him in the eye that eventually affected both of his eyes.

He Returned to Canada May 13 1917 on the SS LITITIA due to his war injuries and was sent to the military hospital near Kingston Ontario.

He drowned while out canoeing with nurse Adelaide VanDyke Campbell and another unnamed nursing sister, Adelaide Van Dyke Campbell died

A court of inquiry can be found on his full Military file. The inquiry was held on July 20th 1917 by order of the Officer Commanding M.H.C.C.

It goes on to say the death of #724679 Private G. J. Castle 109th Battalion C.E.F. that officers had been notified that Private Castle and two nursing sisters had been out rowing on the river in a skiff and in some manner the skiff upset and Private Castle and one nursing sister drowned. They deemed it accidental and no blame was attached.

The inquiry stated that next of kin in England were notified and as he had no relatives in Canada, his body was shipped to Kingston and buried in Cataraqui Cemetery.

The nursing sister who drowned had her next of kin notified in the United States and she was buried in her home town in New Jersey.


Adelaide VanDyke Campbell

Birth Date:

29 Dec 1891

Death Date:

17 Jul 1917


Hopewell Baptist Meeting House Cemetery


Hopewell, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA

drowned while out canoeing with nurse Adelaide VanDyke Campbell, she died as well. Will attempt to get a photo of his headstone.

George was a patient in a hospital on Leek Island near Gananoque.  She was a nurse, apparently from the States as she was shown on the coroner's report of accidental drowning that her hospital was Leek Island and she was from South Orange New Jersey 

. Leek Island is in the 1000 Islands near Gananoque Ontario.

The place they drowned was called Kip Island.