Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Charles was born in 1892, in Hoddesdon, in 1901 he lived with his parents James and Eliza together with three sisters Eliza, Mabel and Beatrice.  He had three other sisters Nellie, Lucy and Dorothy and one brother Leonard.  His father worked as an agricultural labourer.  He married Evelyn Louisa Mead in 1915 and they lived in Park Lane, Stanstead Abbotts.

He joined the Bedfordshire Regiment, but was transferred to the 10th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment and was attached to them when they took part in the First Battle of the Somme. He took part in the savage battles on the 1st July and at the end of the day was facing the enemy at La Boiselle, after a day’s rest his unit were back in the front line. Following three more days of action the battalion was withdrawn to billets in the city of Albert.   His unit took part in the attack on the Ancre Heights, Pozieres and High Wood.  In all of these attacks the weather was very poor and took place in the face of heavy enemy artillery and machine gun fire, Charles was killed in action as his Company was making its way from the front line towards Berre Wood. He was one of 153 casualties that day.

He is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No. 2.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal


Private 25972

Bedfordshire Regiment

Attached to 10th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

Killed in Action 23rd July 1916 aged 24