PTE. RALPH C. GALE DIES IN GERMANY
Member of 6th C.M.R. Passed Away at Munster Camp
George H. Gale, of Young’s Cove, Queens county, was advised yesterday that his son, Ralph C. Gale, had died in a German prison cam at Munster, on July 29. Death was due, the despatch said, to lung trouble. This young soldier was but twenty-three years of age and the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Gale, of Young’s Cove. He went overseas with the old 6th C.M.R., in June, 1915, and was participating in the fight around Ypres of June, 1916, when he fell a prisoner to the Boche. Since then up to the time of his death he was confined to a German detention camp awaiting the day when peace would bring him back to the land of his nativity. Letters were periodically received from him and were always cheerful in tone. The latest one was exceptionally interesting as it told of the daily life of a Canadian prisoner of war in Germany. There was no intimation of harsh treatment and the family at home thought their boy was getting along alright. Yesterday’s news proved a great shock as there was never at any time the slighting indication that their soldier lad was ill. When he was taken prisoner in June of 1916, the family were officially notified by Ottawa authorities.
Besides his father and mother, four brothers and three sisters survive. The brothers are James and Buddington, of the States; Captain John R. Gale, who went overseas with the 64th battalion and later saw service with the 25th Nova scotia regiment, and is at present in England convalescing from wounds, and Harry, at home, Mrs. Lee Ferris, of Young’s Cove, Miss Minnie Gale, of Westboro (Mass.), and Miss Alma, of the local High school staff, are the sisters.
The late soldier was a popular and well known boy and his death in Germany will be the cause of sincere regret to his many friends here, and the deepest sympathy of the community will go out to the bereaved ones in their loss.