Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

Charles KITCHENER


Private 60366

11th Battalion City of London Regiment Royal Fusiliers

Formerly Essex Regiment


Killed in Action 25th October 1916 aged 26


He was born in 1890, in Stanstead Abbotts, and was baptised, when he was eight years old on 2nd February 1899, his mother’s name was Ada, but we do not have his father’s name.  In 1891 he was living in the High Street, Stanstead Abbots, with maternal grandparents, George and Ann Logsdale, with no sign of his mother or father.  He was still living there in 1901 and 1911, he was employed as a malt maker.  Charles married Emily Clark in 1915 and they had one son, Charles, who was born and died in 1916.


He enlisted in the Essex Regiment as private number 4009, but was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers, City of London Regiment.

During the first battle of the Somme his battalion was engaged in the battles for Delville Wood, Thiepval and Regina trench all heavily defended German strong points, which cost thousands of allied casualties.  All were targets that were due to be taken on the first day of the battle, 1stJuly1916 but they were not taken for many weeks later, in the case of Thiepval not until September. From early October until November the major action was the battle for the Ancre Heights, a battle of attrition which lasted for three weeks, with many, many Allied casualties for a gain of 100 yards of ground.  Charles was killed as the battalion was being relieved by the 12th Middlesex and making their way to safe billets in Albert. They suffered 51 fatal casualties as they were leaving their trenches.


Charles body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial.


Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal