BORN HULL 1893. SON OF ISSAC JOHN GALE & MARY EDITH WALTON (HART), OF 9 DALTRY STREET, HULL AND 54 JACKSON STREET, HULL. A FORMER TRINITY HOUSE BOY. SERVED IN THE NAVY ON S/S ALPHONSE (CARDIFF). WAS PRESENT AT THE MESSINA EARTH QUAKE IN 1910, AND AWARDED THE KING OF ITALY’S MEDAL FOR HIS SERVICES AGED ONLY 15. HE ENLISTED IN THE HULL COMMERCIALS WHEN WAR BEGAN. WAS KILLED IN ACTION, ON 30/05/1916, AGED 22. HIS DEATH IS RECORDED ON THE FAMILY GRAVE STONE AT CHANTERLANDS AVENUE CEMETERY. HE IS ALSO LISTED ON THE TRINITY HOUSE MEMORIAL. HIS DEATH WAS REPORTED IN THE HULL DAILY MAIL, ON 13/06/1916, WITH HIS PHOTOGRAPH. *
Hull Pals Memorial Post: Born in October 1893, Herbert was the second of six children to Isaac and Mary Gale of 54 Jackson Street, Hessle Road, Hull. A Ship Steward before the war.There were only 24 men keener than he to enlist for the newly-formed 1st Hull Service Battalion, what became the 10th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, ‘The Commercials’, 1st Hull Pals. He enlisted at Hull City Hall on 1st September 1914. He suffered a hernia during training but was passed fit for foreign service in October 1915 and consequently left Devonport bound for Alexandria, Egypt with the rest of the Pals just before Christmas. They wintered in the desert before leaving Port Said bound for Marseilles in late February and then north to the trenches of the Western Front. Herbert was killed in action on 30th May 1916 and buried by the Rev. EJ Habershaw in a small plot behind the lines “6 miles north of Albert” which eventually became Sucrerie Military Cemetery; he was 22 years old.
His Uncle, also called Herbert Gale, of 43 Walliker Street, Hull, died on 08/11/1917, aged 42 and they are remembered together on the family grave in Hull Western Cemetery.