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21318   Private Daniel Charles
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Died: 22/05/1915 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
Summary      
Daniel Charles was born in April 1890 at Low Cross, Tullyhogue, Cookstown. He was the son of Henry Richard Charles. Daniel emigrated to Canada and enlisted in the Canadian Infantry on 24th September 1914 at Valcartier near Quebec. His enlistment papers show that he was 57 and worked as a clerk before enlisting. Daniel would have seen action in the Battle of Ypres which was fought between 22nd April and 25th May 1915. Private Charles would have been involved in the gas attack on the Canadian lines during the Battle of Gravenstafel. He would have seen action at the Battle of St. Julian where he was most likely wounded and died sometime later.
Further Information
Daniel Charles was the son of Henry Richard and Elizabeth Charles.
Daniel Charles was born in April 1890 at Low Cross, Tullyhogue, Cookstown.
Henry Charles was a time keeper.
His mother died when he was young and he was raised in Ballynasollus by his uncle Robert until the age of 21.
The 1901 census lists Dan as age 10 living his uncle at house 9 in Beltonanean, Ballynasollus, County Tyrone.
Daniel lived with his sisters and brothers in Winnipeg
Daniel joined the militia, the 100th Winnipeg Grenadiers, and in August 1914 went to Valcartier with them to form the 11th battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Daniel enlisted in the Canadian Infantry on 24th September 1914 at Valcartier which was a large training camp near Quebec city. His enlistment papers show that he was 57 and worked as a clerk before enlisting.
Canadian Attestion Papers - Daniel Charles 1/2
Canadian Attestion Papers - Daniel Charles 2/2
Private Daniel Charles sailed with the battalion from England in early October 1914.
Daniel sailed with the battalion from England in early October 1914 and would have seen action in the Battle of Ypres which was fought between 22nd April and 25th May 1915. This officially named Battle consisted of a number of individual battles and Daniel Charles would have been involved in the gas attack on the Canadian lines during the Battle of Gravenstafel. He would have seen action at the Battle of St. Julian where he was most likely wounded and died sometime later.
Private Daniel Charles was killed in action during an attack on a German position called K5 on the night of the 21/22 May 1915 during the Battle of Festubert.
The Canadian Circumstances of Death Register records that Private Charles was killed in action during the engagement on the night of 21st/22nd May 1915 at Festubert.
Charles Daniel medal card
He is commemorated on Vimy Memorial, France. The Vimy Memorial commemorates 11,170 Canadian Servicemen who died in World War1.
From the Manitoba Free Press dated Tuesday 8th June 1915:
Killed in action.
From the Belfast Newsletter dated 12th June 1915:
Private Daniel Charles, 10th Battalion Canadian Regiment, youngest son of Mr H R Charles, 35 Burmah Street, Belfast, who was killed in action, left the city five years ago for Winnipeg, where he was in business with his elder brothers. At the outbreak of war he volunteered for active service, and went to the front with the first Canadian contingent.
From the Tyrone Courier dated 17th June 1915
Newspaper Report
Mr Henry Richard Charles, 35 Burmah Street, Belfast (formerly of Tullyhogue) has been advised that his son, Private D Charles (Winnipeg) of the Canadaian Infantry, was killed in action on 22nd ult.
Private Charles is commemorated on Vimy Memorial, France. The Vimy Memorial commemorates 11,170 Canadian Servicemen who died in World War 1.
His father moved to Belfast and lived at 52 Palestine Street and 35 Burmah Street, Belfast.
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Low Cross, Tullyhogue Tullyhogue Born in Low Cross, Tullyhogue 54.594602 -6.734346
2 Beltonanean, Ballynasollus Dunnamore Census listing in Beltonanean 54.685489 -6.873663
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1 1901 Census lists Dan Charles 1901 census lists Dan as age 10 living his uncle at house 9 in Beltonanean, Ballynasollus, Tyrone
2 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private Daniel Charles
3 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Daniel Charles
4 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private Daniel Charles's death
5 Daniel Charles Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (24 no.)
6 Lennox Wylie Belfast St Directory Lists Henry as a time-keeper
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