Charles Dowson Service File Photo

Charles Dowson was born Langtoft, England on August 14, 1886 and emmigrated to Canada, with his new wife Elsie, in approx. 1914. After a brief period in Manitoba he and his wife Elsie settled to Saskatoon approx 1915.

One daughter was born, Elsie Ruth, and at least one son, Clifford, was born to Charles and Elsie. Clifford went missing on a flight in 1969 from Oxford House, Manitoba to Island Lake, Manitoba. At least two other children were born to Charles and Elsie in the period between May 1915 and April 1916. However they did not survive birth and were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Saskatoon.

Charles and his brothers built homes all within close proximity of each other in what is now known as the Pleasant Hill area of Saskatoon in 1915. Charles was working as a Stableman.

On April 1st, 1916, Charles enlisted with the CEF and was dispatched to France. Serving at the battle of the Somme, on Nov 18, 1916, Charles and several others were ordered to advance several hundred feet to a nearby trench to secure it. Upon arrival and entry into the trench, they discovered it was occupied by enemy forces and were KIA.

Charles Dowson Grave MarkerCharles Dawson’s Grave Marker

Charles Dowson MemorialCharles Dowson’s Name on Memorial
(2nd down on right side)

 

(Note: this entry is a W.I.P. and will be improved in the near future)

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