A Medal Pair to the PPCLI who was Killed at Sanctuary Wood
A First War Pair to the PPCLI - KIA Sanctuary Wood - British War Medal (475874 PTE. C.S. HASKELL. P.P.C.L.I.); and Victory Medal (475874 PTE. C.S. HASKELL. P.P.C.L.I.). Naming is officially impressed. Unmounted, cleaned, light contact, near extremely fine. Accompanied by a CD containing twelve pages with copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records and War Office Missing Man (Acceptance of Death for Official Purposes) Report, along with a photograph from the Menin Gate Wall of Remembrance Footnote: Charles Stanley Haskell was born on November 27, 1890 in Smiths Falls, Ontario, the son of Sidney and Elizabeth Haskell. He signed his Attestation Paper on July 24, 1915 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with the 3rd University Company Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Reinforcements, naming his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Haskell of North Saskatoon (later of Swift Current, SK and Brandon, MB), as his next-of-kin, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was married and that his trade was that of Clerk. He left for overseas service from Montreal, Quebec aboard the S.S. Missanabie on September 4, 1915, arriving in England on the 14th and posted to the 11th Reserve Battalion. Two months later, he proceeded to the French theatre from Canadian Base Depot on November 24th, arriving in France on November 27th and joining the PPCLI Battalion in the field on December 5th. The following Spring, Haskell was admitted to No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station, suffered a sprained left foot on April 15, 1916, then discharged to duty on the 20th. Almost three weeks later, he was wounded on May 8th at Sanctuary Wood, treated and returned to duty, joining his unit in the field on May 16th. Between April and August 1916, the Canadian Corps were defending the southern stretches of the Ypres Salient, including actions in battle at the St. Eloi Craters, Hill 62, Mount Sorrel and Sanctuary Wood. These battles marked the first occasion in which Canadian divisions engaged in planned offensive operations during Word War I. In those actions the Canadians reconquered vital high-ground positions that denied the Germans a commanding view of the town of Ypres itself. Haskell did not live to see these actions fulfilled, as he was wounded in action on June 2, 1916, again at Sanctuary Wood. He was previously reported wounded and missing, then, "for official purposes, presumed to have died on or since June 2nd 1916", declared Killed in Action at the age 25. He has no known grave and is remembered with honour at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.