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Charles Ernest Litchfield was born in 1899 at Nottingham and was the son of John a lace maker and Elizabeth Litchfield née Taylor of 30 Brassey Street, Radford. His father John was born in 1862 in Nottingham, his mother Elizabeth Taylor was born in 1861 also in Nottingham. They were married in 1881 at Nottingham and went on to have 13 children, sadly 6 were to die in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were, Joseph b1882, Henry b1884, Annie b1889, John b1893, Elizabeth b1896, Charles b1899 and Ada b1902, all were born in Nottingham In the 1911 census the family lived at 30 Brassey Street Radford Nottingham and were shown as John 49 yrs a lace maker, he is living with his wife Elizabeth 50 yrs and their children, John 18 yrs a colliery horse keeper underground, Elizabeth 15 yrs a cotton winder for lace manufacturer, Charlie 12 yrs a scholar and Ada 9 yrs a scholar. At the time of Charles death the family were living at 51 Brassey Street, Radford, Nottingham.
09 Nov 1918
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Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Private Charles Litchfield, enlisted at Nottingham, he initially served with the service number 42315 in the South Staffordshire Regiment. He was serving with the 32nd Battalion Machine Gun Corps, when he was killed in action on 9th November 1918. He is buried at Maubeuge-Centre Cemetery The battalion war diary records that 21 men were killed, 17 wounded and a further 20 missing that day: “These casualties were caused by the explosion of hostile ammunition dumps along the Railway... The enemy had left long delay action fuses in these, which exploded the dumps many hours after he had left.” Details are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pagers Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
Obituary published 3rd December 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post : “LITCHFIELD. – Killed in action November 9th, 1918, Pte. Charles Litchfield, of 51 Brassey-street. Loved by all. – From his sorrowing parents.” Obituary is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pagers Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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