Sale, Charles Edward: Major


Digitized Service Record

Source: War Diary.


Son of Edward Knight Sale, of London, Ontario; husband of Kate Hughes Campaigne (formerly Sale), of St. George’s Crescent, Goderich, Ontario.

Blog Article with a letter he wrote.

Source: Exeter Advocate, 1914-12-3, Page 8.

On Friday evening of last week the Menesetung Canoe Club paid and farewell tribute to their colleague, Dr. C.E. Sales, who has joined the Second Canadian Cantingent [sic] for active service as a captain int the 18th Battalion – Goderich Star

Source: Exeter Advocate, 1914-12-3, Page 8.

Major Dr Sale Back in Trenches London Advertiser October 28 1915 Page 10
London Advertiser. October 28, 1915. Page 10.

War Diary of Wounding and Death:

Place:  Vierstraat

January 17, 1916:  Major Sale was badly hit about 9.30 p.m. by enemy rifle grenade, he died about midnight.

January 19, 1916:  Major SALE was buried to-day in Bailleul. G.O.C Army corp and G.O.C. 4th Brigade attended service. Also IO.C. 18th. Battn and Company officers.

Source: CVWM
Honour Roll – “University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918”, 1921.

CHARLES EDWARD SALE Oct. 15, 1878 – Jan. 17, 1916

Major, Eighteenth Battalion.

Son of the late Edward Knight Sale; b. London Tp.; ed. London Tp. and London P.SS., St. Mary’s C.I., London C.I.; R. College of Dental Surgeons 1900-04, d.D.S.; Practicing at Goderich; 32nd Regt. Capt.; md. Kate Hughes Campaigne.

He was appointing in November 1914 as Captain of the 18th Battalion, Second Contingent, and was later promoted Major. Reaching France in September 1915 he served in the St. Eloi – Ypres area throughout the autumn. While on duty in the trenches he was wounded in the leg, and died in the ambulance as he was being taken back to No. 5 Base Hospital. Buried at Bailleul.

Source: Honour Roll – “University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918”, 1921. via CVWM.

Source: CVWM


(Special Despatch to the Globe.)

Goderich, Jan. 19. — News of the death of Major Charles Edward Sale from wounds received in the trenches in Flanders, apparently during some recent engagement, reached here this afternoon, and has cast a profound gloom over the entire town. Doctor Sale, as he was professionally known to a large section, originally lived in Sarnia, whence he left some fifteen years ago to study dentistry in Toronto, and after graduation located here.

During his residence of some twelve years he attained great popularity in all circles, and was an enthusiastic and brilliant military man gained prompt recognition in the 33rd Regiment, in which he was gazetted a Captain. Notwithstanding great personal sacrifice, particularly leaving a wife and two young children, he was among the first to offer his services to King and country, and on formation of the 18th Battalion at London he was offered a responsible position.

The Major was not more than thirty-seven years of age, ans was prominent in fraternal circles, being a member Oddfellows, Past Master of the local Masonic lodge, a member of the Huron Chapter here, St. Elmo Preceptory, Stratford, and Mocha Temple of the Shriners of London, as well as a valued member of St. George’s Anglican Church.

Source: The Globe, Toronto. Thursday January 20, 1916.

“Died of Wounds” at No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance.

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