Colonel Charles D. Kingsmill, OBE, MiD
SAC 1924-1926

Charles D'Arcy Kingsmill was born January 21, 1914 and attended grades seven and eight at St. Andrew's College from 1924-1926. For Senior Matriculation he attended the University of Toronto Schools, from whence he went for four years to the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, graduating in 1937. He then completed two of three years at Osgoode Law School.

Charles joined the Militia, in the 23rd Medium Battery Royal Canadian Artillery and when war broke out in 1939, he was appointed to Headquarters of the regiment as the Survey Officer. He lived in London for four months during the bombing. In the spring of 1941 he returned to Canada to attend the 2nd Canadian Junior War Staff Course at RMC, Kingston and in June of that year married his wife Mary (Polly) Shaw. He was promoted to Major, which rank he retained until the end of the European War in 1945.

After the 1st Canadian Division had landed in Sicily and moved onto the mainland in Italy, the First Canadian Corps H.Q. was moved from England to Taormina, Sicily, and then to Italy. Kingsmill was sent in advance via Gibraltar, Algiers (General Eisenhower's H.Q.) and Catania, Sicily, as part of the Corps H.Q. Advance Party. From that date until Canadian troops moved out of Italy to Northwestern Europe (Holland) he was the senior Canadian Intelligence Officer in the Mediterranean Theatre, briefing his Corps Commanders Lieutenant Generals Crerar, E.L.M. Burns, and Charles Foulkes. During the period he was twice mentioned in Dispatches.

After the war, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and sent to the Canadian Army Staff, Washington, D.C., during which time he was recommended for, and received the Officer of the Order of the British Empire decoration (see below.) On his return to Canada in December of 1945 he was demobilized, and continued his legal education at Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar.

In 1947, Brigadier F.D.Lace asked him to take over command of the 42nd Medium Regiment stationed in the old armouries on University Avenue. In March of 1951 he was promoted to full Colonel and took over as C.R.A. succeeding Brigadier H. Airey in that appointment. In 1954 he retired from the Militia, went on the Supplementary Reserve List for several years, then retired from the Canadian Army and military life.

On being called to the Bar after the war, he practiced law in the family firm of Kingsmill Mills Price and Fleming for five years. In 1950 he joined Imperial Optical Company Ltd. where he was Legal Counsel and an Administrative Officer 39 years. He retired in December 1989.

From Careers in the Forces - Part II, The Andrean, 1991

Officer, Order of the British Empire

"This officer served in the early part of the war in England, returned to Canada to attend the Royal Military College and subsequently returned to England as General Staff Officer Grade II (Intelligence) Headquarters, 1 Canadian Corps. He served through Sicily, Italy and Northwest Europe. He returned to Canada for a higher appointment in the Pacific Force, which, due to VJ-Day, failed to materialize. He was then posted to the Canadian Army Staff, Washington, District of Columbia in August 1945. As General Staff Officer Grade I Operations and Intelligence) Canadian Army Staff, Lieutenant-Colonel Kingsmill was instrumental in maintaining and furthering the close relationship, which exists between the Canadian Army Staff and the War Department. His work was consistently reliable and trustworthy and he has at all times displayed willingness to undertake duties in addition to those of his normal appointment. His energy and leadership combined with unfailing good humour invariably lent incentive to those with whom he dealt. Similarly in his previous appointments during the war this officer performed
his tasks in an outstanding manner, which contributed importantly to the successful operations of the formations with which he served." 

Awarded as per Canada Gazette dated 15 June 1946 and CARO/6632 dated 17 June 1946
Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Mentioned twice.