b. 11/11/1894 Faribault, Minnesota, USA. d. 27/02/1977 Errington, BC, Canada.
Zengel was born at Faribault, Minnesota. As a young boy, he and his mother Mary proved up a homestead near the village of Plunkett, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in December 1914. Zengel received the Military Medal in March 1918 for taking command of his platoon when his officer and sergeant had been put out of action. He was twenty three years old, and serving as a Sergeant of the 5th (Western Cavalry) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War when he performed the deed for which he was awarded the VC.
On 9 August 1918 east of Warvillers, France, Sergeant Zengel was leading his platoon forward to the attack when he realised that an enemy machine-gun was firing into the advancing line. He rushed forward ahead of the platoon to the gun emplacement, killed the officer and operator of the gun and dispersed the crew. Later in the day he was rendered temporarily unconscious by an enemy shell but on recovering continued to direct harassing fire on the enemy. His utter disregard for personal safety and the confidence he inspired in all ranks greatly assisted in the successful outcome of the attack.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE LEGION, ALBERTA, CANADA.
BURIAL PLACE: PINE CEMETERY, ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, ALBERTA, CANADA.
Raphael Zengel's replica medals on display at the Rocky Mountain House Legion. His original medals are in a safety deposit box.