Charles Jesse Cranham 1889-1918
Research by John Birch, Wrecclesham War Memorial World War I 1914 – 1918 (privately printed). Typed up, with permission, by Josh Waldron.
Charles Jesse Cranham was born in Wrecclesham in 1889 and baptised at St Peter’s church on 27 January 1889, in a baptism conducted by Revd C.E. Steward. Charles was one of eight children of Walter and Sarah Cranham, seven boys and a girl. Walter was a general labourer. In 1891 they were living in Shortheath Road. In the 1901 Census the family was living in Wrecclesham Street.
In the 1911 Census Charles Jesse was living at home in Church Lane, Wrecclesham, aged 22. At the time Charles, who was commonly known as Jesse, was working as a car-man.
In September 1914 Jesse was recruited to serve in the 7th Battalion of the Queen’ s West Surrey Regiment, Service Number G/1526. In May 1915 they were moved to Salisbury Plain before being mobilised to war and landed at Boulogne.
The 7th Battalion were soon into action in 1916 and sadly Jesse Cranham was killed in action on 1st July 1916, aged 27, in the very first of the Battalion’s engagements on the Somme, the Battle of Bazentin Ridge.
Jesse was buried at the Thiepval Memorial in Department de la Somme, Picardy, France. His grave is at Pier and Face 5d and 6d.