Henry Richmond Gale
1866 - 1930
Henry Gale was born on April 16, 1866, to Emma and Henry Richmond Hoghton Gale. The family lived at Bardsea Hall, Ulverstone, Lancashire, England. He was first educated at Elstree and then in 1880 he went to Harrow School in Middlesex and was in the Shooting VIII for two years. Gale attended the Royal Military College in Woolich where he obtained a commission in the Royal Engineers in 1885. He soon went to South African, and his work there and knowledge of the languages caused him to be sent out later, just before the outbreak of the Boer War, in which he acted as Intelligence Officer in Rimington's Corps of Guides, 1899-1902, obtaining two brevets and two medals with ten clasps.
On May 6, 1903, he married Kathleen Jane Villiers-Stuart and they had three children: Kathleen, Lois and Ethne. Kathleen married John Mark Alexander Colville, 4th Viscount Colville of Culross who had the family estate in Saanich called 'Point Colville' while Ethne married Major Rex Gibson. He later served in India where he had the opportunity to visit the Kishtwar district of Kashmir and travelled to Tibet. In the Great War he was in France, in the Ypres salient and in Flanders. He was invested as a Companion, Order of St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.) in 1916 and was Assistant Director of Works, 1916-17, and chief engineer, 1917-18. He retired with the rank of Brigadier-General and in 1919 moved to Victoria on Vancouver Island where he built a neo-tudor manor house called 'Bardsey'.
took him to Norway (3x), Italy (2x), Morocco, Japan, New Zealand (2x)
and Fiji. While in South Africa and India he explored the two countries
extensively and was involved with big game hunting.
Once in Canada, Henry Gale joined the Alpine Club of Canada and attended a number of Annual Summer camps in the Rockies. On July 26, 1922, Henry Gale and his daughter Ethne climbed Mount Arrowsmith with Colonel Rusty Westmorland, Peggy Hodgins, Colonel Richard Greer, Lindley Crease and a number of others from the local Victoria Section of the Alpine Club of Canada. The Rogers Pass Camp of 1929 was the last he attended but his health, which was already failing, suffered in the inclement weather experienced and he had to leave early.
Brigadier-General Henry Gale passed away on July 29, 1930, in Victoria at the age of sixty-four. He was laid to rest in the little Churchyard of St. Stephen's, Mount Newton and his headstone is a boulder from his own hillside. Lindley crease wrote: "Members ... will recall his lithe, active figure, his quiet, modest manner, his interesting conversation on world wide experiences, and his intelligent enquiring mind, which sought knowledge about what he observed, and his delight in the rugged scenery around him."
Crease, Lindley. In Memoriam. Canadian Alpine Journal. Vol. 19. The Alpine Club of Canada. Banff: Alberta. 1930. p. 125.
.... Daily Colonist. [Victoria, B.C.] (July 30, 1930) p. 5 & 18.
Burke, John. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, Volume 1. p. 482.
Bosher, J.F. "Vancouver Island in the Empire." The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. Pub. by Routledge. Vol. 33. No. 3. September 2005. p. 349-368.
"Mountain Climbing Proves Attractive." Daily Colonist, Sunday Magazine [Victoria, B.C.] (August 8, 1922) p. 1.