Charles was born in Grafty Green, Lenham, Maidstone on 28 August 1888, the son of Robert (a gamekeeper) and Emily. In 1911 the family were at Cold Blow, Bonnington, Hythe, where Robert was gamekeeper and Charles an under-gamekeeper. Charles enlisted at Guildford so perhaps by then he was a gamekeeper on one of the estates around Witley. Charles’ battalion took part in the battle of Thiepval Ridge (26 September – 30 September 1916), one of the battles of the Somme Campaign. Charles was killed in the battle and has no known grave as his body was not recovered or identified so he is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. After the war, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records Robert and Emily at Gains Cottage, Brabourne, Ashford, Kent. Charles is commemorated on a plaque in Brabourne church.
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