|The junction of Pringle Ave. and Jelinik Terrace, Milton,ON|
|S.S. Dominion, circa. 1906|
Nevertheless Charles H. Pringle was born in the City of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, U.K.to Walter (b. 1870) and Kate E. Pringle (b.1870), according to the 1901 UK census his age was 2 years making him born in 1899. Their address was 54 Waterside and the couple had three other children at that time: Mabel, age 7; Joseph, age 4 and Millicent, age 6 months. There is a Walter Pringle (born 1870) showing up on the BMD Death Index as dying in Lincoln in the Spring of 1905. Kate's death is listed on the same source as Fall 1928 in the City of Grimsby. However confusing the issue is the fact that a Walter Pringle (head, widower), (b. 1880) and Kate Pringle (sister-in-law, married) (b.1881) show up in the 1911 census as living in Grimsby with three young children (Glady, age 7; Leslie, age 5 and Beatrice, age 4). A Charles Pringle (age 15, b. 1895) is found on in the 1911 Canadian Census as being an inmate of the Victoria Industrial School for Boys, Mimico, ON. I am confident this is our Charles H. Pringle that enlisted in the 164th Battalion. His birthplace is mentioned as Hungate, Lincoln, born October 1, 1897, next of kin sister Mabel, his occupation was a farm laborer who had "a left leg slightly shorter than his right leg".
|Barnardo Boys Home distribution centre, Toronto, 1889-1908|
It was to this latter unit that young Private Charle H. Pringle was assigned March 7, 1918. By the 31st day of that same month, Charles was dispatched to France and the newly formed 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps as one of 90 ordinary ranks (specialists) immediately taken on strength. His service with the 1st Battalion, CMGC was uninterrupted by either sickness, a wound or otherwise until April 1, 1919 when he was stricken off service, proceeding to England and thence to Canada on the S.S. Empress of Britain, April 26, 1918. He was discharged by "Demobilization" in Toronto May 5, 1919 with his intended resident being 8 Pine Terrace, Queen St. East. His only hospitalization during his entire service was 7 days for a face infection August 1916 while training at Camp Borden, outside of Toronto, while still serving in the 164th Battalion. During the time of his service in France, the 1st Battalion, CMGC supported the 1st Canadian Division in all battles during the war from March 1918 until the Armistice. A number of gallantry awards were awarded to members of the 1st Battalion, CMGC as well as the unit suffered many casualties. so to have Private Charles H. Pringle survive the conflict unscathed is indeed remarkable.The only other information I have located on Charles Pringle after his service is that he married a Gladys Cradick, dressmaker, age 22, native of Toronto in 1920 in Toronto. Their address was listed as 981 Gerrard St. East, his occupation "enameller". Charles then claimed that his parents "both died while groom was an infant". So did the Pringles move back to Milton? Did they remain in Toronto? Questions unanswered as of this writing. I do know that I am very pleased to have our nearby street named "Pringle Avenue, Town of Milton" after this young, brave man.