Charles Belton of Fetcham

Charles Henry Belton was baptised on 20 April 1889 at St. Mary’s Church, Fetcham. His parents were Jane (nee Sayers) and George Belton, who was a labourer and carpenter. The family lived in River Lane, off Cobham Road, Fetcham. His siblings include George baptised in September 1881, Edith in December 1882, Sarah in May 1884 and Thomas Ernest in September 1891.

In 1911 22 year old Charles was lodging with his uncle, William Sayers, a gardener, and Aunt Emma and their 30 year old son Harry, a chauffeur. Charles’s occupation is recorded as a gardener.

Charles served in the 1st World War in the 1st Battalion Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment), service number 46670. He died on 13 June 1916 when he was 27 and is remembered at the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium.

His brother Ernest served with the Royal Field Artillery and was killed in action on 26 September 1916 and is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial.

Brother George survived the war having served with the East Surrey Regiment.

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