CEF Soldier Detail

Captain Coulson Norman Mitchell
Died: November 17, 1978

Regimental Number:
596
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Engineers
Battalion:
4th CE Battalion
Company:
Place of Birth:
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
310 Farby Street, Winnipeg
Address at Enlistment:
Date of Birth:
December 11, 1889
Trade or Calling:
Civil Engineer
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Ottawa, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
January 21, 1915
Age at enlistment:
25
Height:
5 Feet 9 Inches
Chest:
39 1/2 Inches
Expansion:
5 Inches
Religion:
Presbyterian
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
November 17, 1978
Age at Death:
89
Buried at:
Last Post Fund National Field of Honour Cemetery in Pointe Claire, Quebec
Plot:
Section M. Grave 3051
Commemorated:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coulson_Norman_Mitchell
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 6248 - 44
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Captain Canadian Engineers 4th CE Battalion
Captain Canadian Engineers No. 1 Tunnelling Company
Lieutenant Canadian Engineers No. 1 Tunnelling Company
Second Lieutenant Canadian Engineers Canadian Engineers
Sergeant Canadian Engineers 2nd Divisional Signals Company 2nd Signal Company
Lance Corporal Canadian Engineers 2nd Divisional Signals Company 2nd Signal Company
Sapper Canadian Engineers 2nd Divisional Signals Company 2nd Signal Company

Coulson Norman Mitchell was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on December 11, 1889 the son of Captain Coulson Nicholas Mitchell(1854-1950) and Mary Jane (Ptolemy)Mitchel(1859-1943).He graduated from the University of Manitoba, with a degree in engineering in 1912, and worked for a company involved in projects in Manitoba and British Columbia. In November 1914, he enlisted in the Canadian Engineers as a sapper, then transferred to a signal company. Just before going overseas in 1915, he transferred to the Canadian Railway Construction Corps.His two brothers Lieutenant Stanley Hall Mitchell (1886-1915) and Captain Gladstone "Ivan" Mitchell(1892-) also served in the First World War

Mitchell was promoted to sergeant in November 1915, then received his commission as a lieutenant in April 1916. In December 1916, he was awarded the Military Cross for his actions at "The Bluff", in the Ypres Salient, in Belgium. In May 1917, he was promoted to Captain.Mitchell was in action on October 8-9, 1918, in France with the 1st Tunneling Company, Canadian Engineers.Captain Mitchell sailed for Canada on 14 April 1919 and married Gertrude Hazel Bishop (1890-1985) on 8 November 1922. This couple later moved to Montreal. Coulson Norman Mitchell served with the Royal Canadian Engineers inn the Second World War . He was posted to Camp Chilliwack  BC from 1944 to 1948 where a plaque in his Honour was unveiled on 12 October 1973. Coulson N Mitchel retired from the Canadian forces with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the only Canadian Military Engineer to win the Victoria Cross. LTC Mitchell died in Montreal on 17 November 1978. Coulson Norman Mitchell and his wife Gertrude are both buried in the National Field of Honour Cemetery in Pointe Claire located in greater Montreal Quebec.

Awards and Decorations
Military Cross
Victoria Cross