Date of birth: c1896
Parents: Henry (Harry) and Emily Sale
Address: Weston Cottage, 2 Charles Street
In spite of numerous searches, no record of the birth of Harry Sale has been found.
Harry’s father, also Henry/Harry, was born in Clifton (near Shefford) in Bedfordshire and he married Emily Whiteman in Bedford on 3rd August 1889. Harry was an electrician and seems to have moved around for his work. In the 1891 census, Harry and Emily were living at 5 Canal Terrace in the St Pancras area of London. Based on his age at death, Harry junior was born in about 1896. His mother died in 1897, in Nottingham, where she was buried on 4th December.
It seems that Harry senior left his young son in the care of his parents because in the 1901 census, a 6-year old Henry appears in the home of James and Martha Sale, in Meppershall (near Shefford). The census form shows Henry’s birthplace as Derby. Harry senior appears as a boarder at 9 Waterways Street, Nottingham. He was recorded as aged 32, an electrician and a widower.
Harry senior married again in the third quarter of 1903, in Nottingham.
In the 1911 census, Harry senior was living at Weston Cottage, All Saints Road, Emscote with his wife Alice and their 5 year old daughter, also Alice. No 1911 census record for Harry junior has been found.
Rank & Number: Sergeant, 240206
Regiment/Service: 1st/6th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 143rd Brigade, 48th Division
Date of death: Monday, August 27, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action near St Julien
Commemorated/Buried: Division Collecting Post Cemetery Extension, Ypres
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: All Saints Church
Sergeant Sale was posted as wounded and missing in late August but it wasn’t for two more months that his father was officially informed that his son was dead.
This notice in the Warwick Advertiser includes an excerpt from a letter from a Captain, providing further detail of what happened to him and commending him as an NCO:
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record office