Charles Samuel Place, named for his Gilders Grandfather, was born in Port Rowan Township, Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada and raised in the Methodist faith;
Beloved Youngest Son and fourth of six children of Edward Nelson Place and Martha Ann Gilders Place; Step-Son of Anna Belle Jewell Place;
Grandson of Alexander William Place (who emigrated from England to Canada) and Mary Ann Burton Place (who also emigrated from England to Canada with her family) and of Samuel Thomas John Gilders and Martha Ann Matilda Hunkin Gilders (both of whom also emigrated from England to Canada);
Devoted Brother of Celia Irene Place (Mrs. John Abraham Lucas), Wilfred Ariel Alexander Place (Wife, Lula Adelina Patterson Place), Alice Matilda Place (Mrs. Edward James Parker), Edward Burton Place (who died of convulsions at six days of age in 1901) and Florence Edna Place (Mrs. Robert Franklin Taylor).
Charles was 12 years old in 1910 when his Mother, Annie Gilders Place, died; a few years later his Father, Edward Nelson Place, married Anna Belle Jewell (in October 1912) in Hamilton and she became Step-mother to Charles and his siblings....Charles was one of the Groomsmen for his Father, along with his older brother Wilfred; he was also one of the witnesses for his brother Wilfred's marriage to Lula Patterson, in 1915, in Port Dover.
World War I had been declared and would become known as 'The Great War'. Wanting to do his part for his country, on February 25, 1916, at the age of 18, Charles enlisted in the Army from Simcoe, Ontario; he was part of the Canadian Infantry, serving as a Private in the Quebec Regiment, 14th Battalion, with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
On August 9th, 1918, while fighting with his Regiment in France during the Battle of Amiens, Pvt. Charles Samuel Place was wounded in battle; the notification sent to his parents read as follows: "DIED OF WOUNDS....While taking part in operations on August 9th, 1918, he was wounded in the back and abdomen by shrapnel from an enemy shell. He received First Aid and was taken to a Dressing Station and evacuated to No. 5 General Hospital, Rouen, where he died five days later."
Charles Samuel Place died on August 14th, 1918... he was 21 years old. Charles is buried in the St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Part One, Overseas Troops, along with nearly 8,000 other young men who wanted to fight to defend their countries during this Great War.
Charles wrote often to his sisters; my Grandmother, Alice Place Parker, always kept the handmade card that he bought for her in Paris, France (which would be the last one sent from her beloved brother) in a place of prominence in her homes; she left it to me that I might always remember a laughing, loving young man who made the ultimate sacrifice and died much too soon.
*Note: "The Battle of Amiens was the turning point in the war, the beginning of the end for the Central Powers. It began on 8 August 1918 and its spearhead was made up of the Canadian Corps and the Australian Corps, and consisted of more than 10 Allied divisions — Australian, Canadian, British and French forces — with more than 500 tanks....it lasted only 4 days. August 8th was known as 'The Blackest Day in German History'." A part of "The Hundred Days Offensive", it was the final period of the First World War, during which the Allies launched a series of offensives against the Central Powers on the Western Front from 8 AUGUST to 11 November 1918, beginning with the BATTLE OF AMIENS.
** Grave Reference: R. II. F. 19.
Location: The St. Sever Cemetery and Extension (Rouen) is situated about 3 kilometres south of Rouen Cathedral and a short distance west of the road from Rouen to Elbeuf. If travelling from Elbeuf or Caen on the N.138, follow Avenue Des Canadiens right down to the roundabout. Then take the fourth exit into Rue Stanislas De Jardin, and the cemetery lies 150 metres on the left. The CWGC signpost is located at the entrance of the cemetery. The cemetery covers an area of 49,885 square metres.
The War Stone is on the boundary of the original Cemetery and the Extension, facing the City of Rouen War Memorial. The Cross is raised on a terrace on the further side of the Extension. The Chapel, cruciform and surmounted by a dome, is in the middle of the Extension.
Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Inscription: In a park in Port Dover is a War Memorial built of beautiful stones; it has a large cross upon the top, brass placques on the front, and has a black iron picket fence around it with a flag pole beside it. There is a large Memorial Placque, one of three, that is a tribute to Charles Place and other Canadian Soldiers from Port Dover, Norfolk, Ontario.
The inscription reads:
" 1914 - 1919 -- IN MEMORY OF PORT DOVER AND WOODHOUSE BOYS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR".
There are 29 names inscribed beneath those words; the name CHARLES PLACE is number 23; the names are in alphabetical order.
Note: *Placed by Commonwealth War Graves Commission/American Battle Monuments Commission: Private, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). Age: 21.