Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Robert Albert Victor Cheale

Port Coquitlam Honour Roll
Central School Honour Roll
Robert Albert Victor Cheale,  Corporal 131st Overseas Battalion. Signed his attestation papers on the 14th of January 1916 at New Westminster 790399     b.12 December 1897 Bexhill, Sussex, England. He lived in Port Coquitlam with his parents, and worked as a carpenter. Active: 104th Regiment, New Westminster. Service file: while emptying 6-pounder shells, accidently dropped match and received 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the right side of his face; he was hospitalized for a few weeks then returned into the fray.

Photo from 1916, 131st Battalion , 14th Platoon; Robert is pictured in the front row, far right.

Father: George Cheale  1863 – 28 December 1941 age78. worked as a carpenter; lived in Port Coquitlam.
 Mother: Jane Langridge b. 27 August 1861 Sussex, England - d. 8 June1925 Port Coquitlam, age 63.

1911census, finds the family living at Harrison Mills; it appears that the family moved to Port Coquitlam in 1913, at which time Robert's father built the John Kilmer Residence at  1575 Pitt River Road, today more easily seen from Knappen Street. ( photo from the PoCo museum ) Followed in 1914 by a home at 1824 Pitt River Road, and another next door 1828 Pitt River Road, built in 1922. Robert's father George was a well trained English carpenter, who probably built many more homes than these three.

After the war, Robert returned to Port Coquitlam, and in 1926 he married Nellie Greenwood, (1901 – 1984 )

Brother:   Percy Cheale
Sisters:   Mrs. E. Bartons
Mrs. Florence Gertrude Pricilla Goodsell, VI ( 1893 – 1973 ) she was married in 1913
Jeannie Cheale married in 1923 Clarence Edward Nichols;  In 1932 as a widow she remarried, becoming Mrs. Jennie Georgina Davidson West, ( 1904 – 1971 )

Also a Bernice Cheale, Bernice Donald 

Robert Albert Victor Cheale, died on the 22nd of January 1977 at the Royal Columbian hospital, New Westminster, he was cremated.   Retired postal supervisor, and was living at 108-711 7th Avenue, New Westminster, B.C.

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