Sergeant C.E. Sacre served in the Defence of Ladysmith with the Natal Volunteer Hotchkiss Battery, which had a strength of two Officers and 19 men. The Battery particularly distinguished themselves at Wagon Hill where they provided artillery support to the attack by the Devons.
Sacre served in the Great War in the Imperial Light Horse and subsequently the 4th South African Infantry in Egypt and France. He was wounded in the head at Delville Wood on 18.7.1916 - that famous episode in South African military history which saw the temporary annihilation on the Somme of the South African Brigade.