Gale, William Archibald

Gale, William Archibald 

Military History:


Labour Corps


Service Number:

Date of Enlisting:

Date of death:

Cemetery/ Memorial:            

UK Cemetery/Memorial:
St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour


William enlisted with the 1st Hertfordshire Regiment, Regimental Number 5527 on 1st September 1915.  He was transferred to the Royal Berkshire (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s) Regiment 6th Battalion, Regimental Number 36315, in 1916. He was transferred in 1917 to the Labour Corps 629th unit, Regimental Number 281943, and sent to The Western Front, France and Flanders where he saw active service. He suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and right arm in November 1917 which rendered him unfit for further service and he was discharged from the army on 20th November 1917.

William survived the war and died at Battle, Sussex on 29th September 1966.

William was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal, and the Silver War Badge.

He is commemorated on the St Mary’s Church Ashwell Roll of Honour.


Family History:


Date of Birth:

Birth Place:
St Stephen-in-Brannel, Cornwall

Battle, Sussex

3rd quarter 1934


William was born on 11th September 1879 at St Stephen-in-Brannel, Cornwall, the second son of William and Anna Maria (nee Truscott). William’s father was a schoolmaster in St Stephens. His mother died in 1886 and his father remarried in 1888, to Elizabeth Banks Stephens, a schoolmistress.

William trained as a teacher in Cornwall and the 1911 census shows him as a teacher at the Merchant Taylors School in Ashwell, Hertfordshire. He was very active in the village hockey, football and cricket sports teams.

William’s records show that in 1925 he was living in Ware, Hertfordshire where he met Edith Emma Horn, a nurse, whom he married in his hometown of St Stephens, Cornwall in the 3rd quarter of 1934.  It is not known if they had children.

William died on 29th September 1966 at Battle, Sussex.



Royston Crow

1 Sep 1916P4 col 3 (top)Soldiers missing/woundedLetter from Pte WA Gale of Ashwell to Mr AW Chote detailing his impressions of the French area he is serving in.


10 Nov 1916P4 col2 (top)CasualtiesPte WA Gale, recent assistant master at MT School, member of sports teams, wounded.




Name:William Archibald Gale
Birth Place:St Stephens-in-Brannel, Cornwall
Residence:Battle, Sussex
Death Date:29.9.1966
Enlistment Place:Hertford, Hertfordshire
Regiment:Labour Corps
Formerly  Hertfordshire Regiment,
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Battalion:629th unit
Formerly 1st Battalion,
6th Battalion
Regimental Number:    281943
Formerly 5527,
Type of Casualty:Survived
Theatre of War:Western Europe, France and Flanders

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