George Arthur Caile

Regimental number: 
Unit at enlistment: 
80th Battalion
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Survived the war: 
Date of death: 
October 31st, 1916
Poizieres British Cemetery - Somme, France - II.G.11.
Commemorated at: 
St. James Anglican Church (Paris)
Birth country: 
Birth county: 
Greater London
Birth city: 
London, Wandsworth, Battersea
Address at enlistment: 
Dumfries Street, Paris, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
Dumfries Street, Paris, Ontario
Trade or calling: 
Mill hand
Religious denominations: 
Church of England
Marital status: 
Age at enlistment: 

Letters and documents

Circumstances of Casualty: Died of Wounds. Whilst working behind the parados of a trench near Courcelette, he was hit in the stomach by a bullet from the rifle of an enemy sniper. He was evacuated to No. 13 Canadian Field Ambulance where he died shortly after.

BX November 13, 1916

Another Paris Soldier Killed – Sergeant George Arthur Caile Had Taken a Deep Interest in Boy Scouts

PARIS, Nov. 13. – Still another Paris boy has given up his life for the cause of liberty. On Saturday, official news was received that Sergeant George A. Caile had died of wounds on Oct. 13 at No. 13 Field ambulance. Sergt Caile was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Caile, Dumfries Street, and was 20 years old last August. Deceased was born in Battersea, London, England and came to Canada with his family nine years ago, settling in Kingston. Seven years ago they came to Paris, where he has since resided. At the outbreak of the war he enlisted for home service and was stationed at Fort Henry. Later on he enlisted with the 80th Battalion at Kingston, and went overseas last May. On arrival in England he was drafted into the 73rd Royal Highlanders, and had been in the trenches for some time. He was a young man of sterling character, and the sympathy of the community will be extended the family. While in Paris he took an active interest in the Boy Scouts and before enlisting was assistant scoutmaster here. Besides his parents he leaves six sisters to mourn his loss – Mrs. Columbus, Mrs. Goldsmith and Ms. Spencer of Paris; Mrs. Clayton Sydney, Australia, and Mrs. Trigworth and Mrs. Eddy of Kingston. It might also be stated that his six brothers-in-law are all in khaki.

BX November 30, 1916

Sergeant George Arthur Caile Popular Soldier – Chum Writes Home Praising Paris Man Who Died for His Country – With the 125th

PARIS, Nov. 30, - Mrs. Robert Caile has received the following letter from Pte. M. Hart, who was in the same battalion as her son, when he met his death.

Dear Friend,

I am dropping you a few lines to let you know of George Caile having died of wounds in a dressing station. I found a book in his pack with his address, and as I knew him and was away with him being a member of the same battalion (the 80th), C. Company, thought you would like to know something of his death. George was a sergeant in the 80th Battalion and was well liked by the boys in the company, and was a true soldier. He never shirked when duty called him. He was wounded in the thigh, it being fatal. All the boys who knew George send their deepest sympathy, and I being a chum, miss him very much. He was in the machine gun section. I am sending you his wrist watch, which I trust will reach you all right.
BC December 16, 1916

Sergeant George Arthur Caile was born in Battersea, London, England, and came to Canada with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Caile, nine years ago, settling in Kingston, two years later coming to Paris, where they have since resided. Sergeant Caile enlisted in the 80th Battalion at Kingston, and later was drafted into the 73rd Highlanders, going overseas last May. His parents received word that Sergt. Caile, an only son, had died from wounds on Oct. 13th in the field ambulance. Deceased was well known and highly esteemed around town. For some time before leaving he took an active interest in the Boy Scout movement, and held the position of Assistant Scout Master. Besides the sorrowing parents, six sisters are also left to mourn his loss, the husbands of whom are all in khaki serving the Empire. Sergeant Caile was an adherent of St. James Church.