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Charles Joseph Doyle

In memory of:

Captain Charles Joseph Doyle

July 20, 1944

Military Service






South Saskatchewan Regiment, R.C.I.C.

Additional Information


September 14, 1914
Barton, Ontario

Son of Peter and Margaret (née Lunt) Doyle; husband of Kathleen Emily (née Hill) Doyle and father of Sharon Lynn and Gwendoline Joyce, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Captain Doyle received his middle name 'Joseph' from a friend of his fathers'. They played in the same military band. Joseph was very kind to Peter and though not a wealthy man, gave him a substantial sum of money for the baby. Peter Doyle served with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in World War One, leaving shortly after Charles was born and returned in 1918. Captain Doyle was the brother of Dorothy Margaret, Jane and Lily. When his father returned from the Great War, the family moved to Ottawa from the Hamilton area and then back to London, Ontario before the PPCLI were transferred to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family lived at Fort Osborn Barracks and Charles attended Beaverbrook School, Sir John Franklin, River Heights and Gordon Bell Collegiate. Charles was fairly quiet and easy going. He liked sports especially skating and football. He was fit and enjoyed climbing and worked out in the gym. He was quite artistic and made his own Christmas cards. Charles was also in the PPCLI as was his father, but in 1939 was called to help organize the South Saskatchewan Regiment. His family then moved from Victoria, British Columbia to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. His daughter Gwendoline also attended Sir John Franklin, River Heights and Gordon Bell Collegiate. She still has a footstool that he made as a child.

Commemorated on Page 294 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

IV. E. 5.


This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-sur-Laize is a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometres south of Caen. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the Cemetery. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3,000 allied forces casualties of the Second World War commemorated in this site.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of CHARLES JOSEPH DOYLE– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Charles Joseph Doyle– Captain Charles Joseph Doyle, South Saskatchewan Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps.
  • Letter July 19, 1944– Last letter home to Mother and Father from Captain Charles Joseph Doyle, dated 19 July 1944.
  • Letter (undated)– Letter home to daughter, Gwendoline on her second birthday from her father, Captain Charles Joseph Doyle.
  • Letter (Unknown date)– Letter sent by Cliff Smith to daughter, Sharon (née Doyle) Young, on learning of the death of her father, Captain Charles Joseph Doyle, with whom he served.

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