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Charles was born in 1892 the son of Joseph and Eliza Wells. He had four siblings. In 1911, they lived on Duke Street, Arnold. He married Rose Gresham 13/3/1912 at Daybrook Parish Church. Their daughter Freda was born 9/6/1912.
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 (13906). However, on 29th November 1914 he was discharged as 'not likely to become an efficient soldier'. He stood 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 119 lbs and had a chest measurement of 35 1/2 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He later re-enlisted (possibly was conscripted) into the 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Welbeck Rangers). In April 1916, the battalion was 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, there was an accident in which he was killed. He left a widow and 3 children. 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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