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  • ‘Private W Charlton, 3rd Sherwood Foresters, Burley on the Hill, Oakham and articled to GM Moore, Nottingham, killed by a bomb while driving the Germans out of a trench. Aged 19 and a half.’
Person Details
He was the son of James S and Elizabeth Charlton of The Chestnuts Burley Oakham Rutland.
09 Aug 1915
19
1606445 - CWGC Website
17584
Private
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Robert Charlton is commemorated on the Menin Gate.
Charlton's photograph and death notice appeared in the Nottingham Evening Post 10/9/1915. His connection with Nottingham might be rather tenuous although as he was articled in Nottingham it is likely he lived in Nottingham since Oakham would not be an easy commute. Article published on 16th August 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “KILLED BY BOMB EXPLOSION. “Private Robert Charlton, who was an articled clerk to Mr. Geo. M. Moore, chartered accountant, of Nottingham, was killed in France a few days ago by the explosion of a bomb whilst driving the Germans out of a communication trench. “Private Charlton (No. 17584), who was in his 20th year, was the elder son of Mr. James S. Charlton, of Burley-on-the-Hill, near Oakham. He enlisted in the Nottingham City Battalion in September [1914], and was immediately drafted to the 3rd Sherwood Foresters, and trained at Crown Hill Barracks, Plymouth. He was one of thirty volunteers who were sent out to France as a reinforcement to the 2nd Sherwood Foresters at the beginning of February, and has been at the front ever since. Private Charlton is the first member of the Nottingham Chartered Accountants Students’ Society to be killed in action.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Menin Gate
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  • ‘Private W Charlton, 3rd Sherwood Foresters, Burley on the Hill, Oakham and articled to GM Moore, Nottingham, killed by a bomb while driving the Germans out of a trench. Aged 19 and a half.’
    Courtesy of Eddie Sharp - ‘Private W Charlton, 3rd Sherwood Foresters, Burley on the Hill, Oakham and articled to GM Moore, Nottingham, killed by a bomb while driving the Germans out of a trench. Aged 19 and a half.’