Harold George SADLER

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Harold George SADLER

Private Harold George Sadler
20th Battalion, The Canadians

Information from Roger Sadler, Harold’s oldest son

Harold left his native England to emigrate to Canada and was drafted into the Canadian army. He was sent to France to fight in the war. He was wounded and spent time in a hospital where he painted and sketched small scenes. He received a pocket watch with an inscription noting his service in the Great War. After returning to Canada, he moved to Buffalo, USA, where he met my mother, Dorothy. They moved to Eaton, Ohio and when he died in 1937 he was buried in Eaton. The children at that time were Faye (5yrs) Gladys (4yrs) Roger (3yrs) and Arvine (3months). I named my first born son after my father Harold George (but he prefers to be called Hal).

Years later we met Harold’s two brothers who were visiting the USA - Tudor and Frank. A story was told by Frank about being in the army in France during that conflict and he was told that a Canadian soldier by the name of Sadler was in the hospital tent. They met briefly - two brothers in different uniforms - but never saw each other after that.

Private Sadler was treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley.