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Charles lived at Burford Street, Arnold he was born at Arnold in 1892 the son of Joseph and Eliza Wells in the 1911 Cencus he is living at Duke Street, Arnold with his family including 4 siblings, his occupation is that of hosiery hand. On his enlistment he stated that his address was Brookfield Road, Arnold and he married his wife Rose Gresham on 13th March 1912 at the parish church in Daybrook. He also states he has a daughter Freda born 9th June 1912.
He was employed as a hosiery worker
16 Apr 1916
121133 - CWGC Website
Brookfield Road, Arnold, Nottingham
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
On the 31st April 1914 he attested at Nottingham into the Sherwood Foresters being given the number 13906. On his papers he states he is 23 years and 7 days old and he was a hosiery worker. However on 29th November 1914 he was discharged as 'not likely to become an efficient soldier'. His medical report states he is 5 feet 5 inches weighs 119 lbs has a chest measurement of 35 1/2 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He appears later to have re-enlisted (possibly conscripted) into the army at Nottingham, joining his local regiment The Sherwood Foresters, joining the 17th battalion (Welbeck Rangers). In April 1916, the battalion were based in the area of Bethune, in France, but Charles had been seconded (attached) to 161st Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers. During tunnelling operations with his company there was an accident in which he was killed. He leaves a widow and 3 children. He is buried in the Maroeuil British Cemetery, France
In memoriam published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 16th April 1918 :- “WELLS. – In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. Charles Wells, Arnold, killed in action April 16th, 1916. – Fondly remembered by sorrowing mother, father, brothers, sisters, brothers Jack and Arthur in France.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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  • photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housely
    Charles Wells - photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housely