CEF Soldier Detail

Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Vincent Massey
Died: December 30, 1967

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Canadian Infantry
Canadian Infantry
Place of Birth:
Toronto, Ontario
Next of Kin:
Mrs. C.V. Massey 71 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth:
February 20, 1887
Trade or Calling:
Dean of Victoria College
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Place of Enlistment:
Toronto, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
May 3, 1915
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Date of Death:
December 30, 1967
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LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 6018-76
Research Notes
Alice Stuart Parkin was born in 1880 in Fredericton New Brunswick.On 5 June 1915 a 35 year old Alice married a 28 year old C. Vincent Massey in the St Georges Cathedral in Kingston Ontario.Their son Lionel was born in 1916 followed by their second son Hart in 1918.Actor Raymond  Massey and his younger brother C Vincent Massey ( future Governor General 1952-59) were both born in Toronto and raised as Methodists. Their parents were American born Anna Vincent and Chester Daniel Massey who owned the Massey Harris farm equipment company.  Raymond and Vincent both joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Toronto and became Officers and survived WW1. Vincent Massey only served WW1 in Canada and never was posted to Europe in WW1. The  Vincent Massey home near Port Hope  was called  Batterwood. His wife  Alice Stuart Parkin Massey died in 1950.
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant-Colonel Canadian Infantry Canadian Infantry

His Attestation Papers contain very little information and are over-written at the top as "Officers Declaration Paper".Please click on the 6018-76 PDF file to the right for more info about his CEF Service  Charles Vincent Massey became a future Governor General of Canada and older brother of Raymond Hart Massey was a CEF veteran as a Gunner and a Television actor. C.V. Massey became  Canada's first native born Governor General and served as G.G. from 28 February 1952 to 15 September 1959.    

C. Vincent Massey attended St Andrews College from 1902 where he became the first Cadet Commanding Officer of the newly formed #142 Highland Cadet Corps in his final year 1906. The following year in 1907 Charles Vincent Massey joined the Queens Own Rifles of Canada. After C. Vincent Massey joined the Queens Own Rifles of Canada in 1907 he was soon commissioned an Officer and in August of 1910 went with the QOR to Aldershot England as a Lt in G Company.In May of 1915 Vincent Massey was a Captain in the Canadian Officers Training Corps at his Toronto University( graduated from U of T in 1910) in Militia District 2 while he was a History teacher at the University of Toronto .On 21st July 1915 he was transferred to the CEF Canadian Officer Training Corps Divisional Staff.By March of 1917 Major Massey was on the Instructional Staff  of the COTC at the University of Toronto.Later in 1917 Vincent Massey was stationed at Camp Borden as the Director of Musketry Training for Militia District No 2 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.On 1 Feb 1918 LCOL Massey was transferred to Ottawa as part of the War Committee Cabinet until 31 Dec 1918 and he was discharged from the CEF on 1 March 1920 as a Lt Col. After WW1 Vincent Massey ran the Massey-Harris firm until 1925. After a brief term as a Mackenzie King Cabinet Minister C V Massey was Canada s first Minister to the United states from 1926-1930. From 1932-35 CV Massey headed the National Liberal Federation. In 1936 Vincent Massey went to England as Canadian High Commissioner and from 1943 to 1945 as a trustee of the British Tate and National Gallery in London England.  He was also President of the Massey-Harris Company (1921-25) which was the family's business. Charles Vincent Massey  died in London, England on 30 December  1967. A state funeral was held on 3 January 1968 at the Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa and The Right Honourable Lieutenant Colonel Charles Vincent Massey, PC,CH, CC,CD,FRSC(Hon) was buried in  St Mark s Anglican Cemetery beside his wife Alice and son Lionel  in Port Hope Ontario.