Lance Corporal Charles Haskell

Charles Haskell was born on March 3rd, 1894 in Wadhurst, Sussex, England. In 1911 when Charles was 17 he and his family immigrated to Canada on the SS Teutonic. They settled in Galt (Cambridge), Ontario where Charles worked as a mechanic and butcher. Charles was among the first to volunteer to fight for the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the fall of 1914. Charles was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal, likely due to his middle class standing, as he had no previous military or militia training. Charles fought for the 1st Battalion in France, where he was killed in the trenches on June 15th, 1915 during the Second Action at Givenchy at the age of 21. Lance Corporal Charles Haskell is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial in France.

Service number: 7044

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“Canadian Virtual War Memorial: Charles Haskell,” Veterans Affairs Canada, accessed March 21, 2015,