Chaplain 4th Class, Royal Army Chaplains’ Department.
Died 8th March 1919, age 39.
Buried at Cambridge (Histon Road) Cemetery.
Lecturer in assyriology.
Charles was born in 1879 at Eccles to Thos A. Bedale. Educated at Eccles Grammar School and Manchester Grammar School (1892-1898) he obtained a degree in classics and theology in 1901 from Clare College, Cambridge and an M.A. in 1905. In 1912 he came to Manchester University as a lecturer in assyriology and was also a tutor at Didsbury College. He was the author of Old Testament and Archaeology and a Member of the Council of Manchester Egyptian and Oriental Society. He was also on the Council of Governors of John Rylands Library where he was engaged in deciphering some of the Babylonian clay tablets and on which he published in 1915.
In January 1917 Charles was gazetted and served with the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department. He died at 1st Eastern Military Hospital Cambridge on 8th March 1919 of influenza contracted while on active service. He left effects worth £1590 12s 7d to his widow Dorothy Rendel Bedale. In his obituary published in The Manchester Guardian, Charles was noted to be one of a few people working in his field who was ‘full of enthusiasm for his work, he was able to inspire his students with some of his own keenness. Possessed, too, of a charming personality, he was regarded with real affection.”