Charles Redwood Dale, Sergeant 307359, 2/8th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Killed in action 3rd September 1917 in Belgium, aged 23
Son of Helena Dale, of 45, Union Rd., Macclesfield, Cheshire, and the late C. J. Dale.
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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.
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.
Brother of Fred Dale, who served as Private 91828 with the 15th Bn. Durham Light Infantry and was killed in action in France on 9 September 1918; and Sergeant-Major Sydney Dale, who served with the Cheshire Regiment in France. Brother-in-law of Private Donald Carlisle who served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in Egypt, and Petty Officer F Snape who served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.