Dale, Charles R

Charles Redwood Dale, Sergeant 307359, 2/8th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action 3rd September 1917 in Belgium, aged 23

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Helena Dale, of 45, Union Rd., Macclesfield, Cheshire, and the late C. J. Dale.

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WW1 SERVICE

The death of Sgt Charles Dale was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 14 September 1917:

ABSOLUTELY FEARLESS – SERGT DALE KILLED IN ACTION

Yesterday information was received of the death in action of Sergt Charles Redwood Dale, Royal Warwicks Regt., son of the late Mr C J Dale, painter and decorator, 27 Park Street, and of Mrs Dale, 45 Union Rd… contained in… [a] letter from Captain A E Tonks: “… he suffered no pain, being killed instantaneously… his death is a terrible blow to me, as he was one of the best sergeants… absolutely fearless, loved by all his men and setting them a high example…”

Sergt Dale was twenty-three years of age and as a boy attended Christ Church day school. He was formerly an apprentice with Mr H G Pannell, dentist, and was connected with St Paul’s Church. The late Sergt Dale was in the local Territorials prior to the war, being mobilised at the commencement of hostilities. He was drafted to France two years ago, being promoted to the rank of sergeant twelve months later. The deceased soldier came home on furlough on the occasion of his father’s death four months ago. Two brothers are serving with the Colours, viz.: Co-Sergt-Major Sidney Dale, Cheshire Regt, stationed at Oswestry; and Pte Fred Dale, with a training reserve battalion in Yorkshire.

 

COMMEMORATION

Sgt Charles Dale has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 23 to 28 and 163A of the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Sgt Charles Dale, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Sgt Charles Dale is commemorated in Macclesfield on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church, St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield Sunday School and Christ Church School war memorials. Nearby, he is also commemorated on the St Peter’s Church, Prestbury war memorial.

 

NOTES

Brother of Sidney Dale, who served with the Cheshire Regt; and Fred Dale.

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 14 and 21 September 1917

 


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