Herbert Charles Hale

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Hackney, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
Northallerton, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Church of England

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
 —  Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 1/4th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
No. 4 Casualty Clearing Station, Dozinghem, Westvleteren, Belgium
Cause of death:
Died of wounds (D.O.W.)


Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Plot: XII
Row: A
Grave: 16

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Place of wounding
#4 Place of death (approximate)

My story

Herbert Charles Hale was the second son of Samuel and Harriet Hale from Hackney, Middlesex. After primary school, he was able to study at the Sir John Cass Technical Institute in London. In 1911, when he was 22, he worked as a clerk for an advertising company. On 1 January 1916, during his leave at the front, he married nurse Lilian Dorothy Holt, who lived in Northallerton, Yorkshire. By then he was a lieutenant in the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, part of the 150th Brigade of the 50th Division. Together they had a son, Bernard.

The 50th Division marched from northern France to Flanders in October 1917. There, on 26 October 1917, it participated with the 149th Brigade in the fighting at Houthulst forest. The 4th Yorkshire Regiment provided support. The attack failed and the troops had to retreat to their original positions. At night, the 4th Yorkshires reinforced the front line near Turenne Crossing, between Aden House and Colibri Farm. The terrain was boggy and desolate. There were no trenches. The front line consisted only of a series of flooded shell holes. On 1 November 1917, the Yorkshires were relieved by the 8th Durham Light Infantry.

Lieutenant Herbert Charles Hale, 28, was wounded on 29 October 1917 and taken to the 4th Casualty Clearing Station at Dozinghem near West Vleteren where he succumbed to his wounds on 2 November 1917. He is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Plot XII, Row A, Grave 16. His younger brother Sydney Walter Hale, an artilleryman, was killed near Arras in July 1917.

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151 Infantry Brigade: 8 Battalion Durham Light Infantry. (The National Archives, KEW (TNA), WO 95/2842/1).
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4 Battalion Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) (The National Archives, KEW (TNA), WO 95/2836/3_2).
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British Army World War I Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 372).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG12).
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
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London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938,(Hackney,P79/JNJ/049).
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London, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations 1597-1911.
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London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911.
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UK, World War I and World War II Memorial Books, 1914-1945.
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Willy H.C., The Green Howards in The Great War 1914-1919,(Richmond Yorkshire, 1926), 138
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