Sunday 28 October 2012

Private William Arnold Charles Gale

Born on 17 February 1896 in Stafford Township, Renfrew County, Ontario - son of Jane Gale, Pembroke, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Pembroke, Ontario, trade as labourer, single, currently serving with the 42nd Regiment Guards Petawawa (2 April 1915 to 10 January 1916), no previous military service, Church of England, height of 5 feet 8.5 inches, weight of 168 pounds, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, sallow complexion, blue eyes, fair hair.

Joined the 130th Battalion, CEF, in Pembroke, Ontario, on 11 January 1916 (number 788845) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 14 or 15 November 1916 - killed in action on 28 June 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave II.B.10), France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Gale's headstone in La Chaudière Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

“KILLED IN ACTION” He was instantly killed whilst taking part in an attack on Avion. No further information regarding the actual details of his death, is available. From: Canada War Graves Registers: Circumstances of Casualty