Charles Arthur Stirling Mathias MC

Charles was born in Richmond on 11 November 1890, the son of Reverend William and Agnes Mathias of Waterford Lodge, Queen’s Road. William, Agnes, Letticia (Charles’ older sister by one year) and Charles came to Witley around 1907.  In 1911, when William had retired, they lived in Brook Grange; Letticia was a lady gardener and Charles a student. After the war, the family moved to Seacot, Felpham, near Bognor.

Charles went to Oxford University and enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers in September 1914, was made a 2nd Lieutenant in December 1915 and transferred to the East Kent Regiment (The Buffs). He was gazetted in the Edinburgh Gazette of 19 April 1917 for the Military Cross. The citation is that in February 1917 he led a patrol that gained valuable information, established an outpost on the left flank of the battalion and maintained the position despite heavy fire. Charles was killed near Cherisy on the first day of the Battle of the Scarpe, part of the Arras Offensive, and his body was either not found or not identified. Charles was also awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

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