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Captain, Royal Field Artillery.

Died 11th October 1918.

Buried at Anneux British Cemetery, France.

Former member of the University Officer Training Corps.


 

Charles was the eldest son of Charles, a cotton goods buyer, and Sarah Burgess. He was born at Plumbley, educated at Manchester Grammar School (1898-1901) and a when war broke out was employed by Beith Stevenson and Co., Manchester. He became proficient in Rench and German, and may have attended some classes at The Tech. He was a member of the University Officer Training Corps from February to August 1915. In September 1915 he was gazetted to the Royal Field Artillery, 2nd West Lancashire Brigade. He rose to the rank of captain and was killed at Tilloy in October 1918 while getting the guns into position whilst under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. His commander wrote of him “I knew him on the bright days and the dull days, but he was always the same, strong, cheerful, and helpful, conscious of his responsibility and never shirking it.”

One newspaper report says that he had been the captain of a trench mortar battery and at his own request had recently returned to his former unit and reverted to the rank of Lieutenant. He left effects worth £734 13s 6d to his father.