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Charles Anderson appears in the “Pictorial Roll of Honour” in the Midland Counties Express dated 10 March 1917. This includes the following details:

  • His address was 141 Horseley Fields.
  • He left behind him a widow and three children, aged four years, two years and four months.
  • He had been serving with the Pioneers for one year and ten months.
  • Prior to joining the Army he had worked for Clark’s Foundry in Horseley Fields as a bobber.

A letter written by his Captain to his widow stated that

His comrades were able to put up a rough cross to mark his grave, but such a cross means far more than a marble monument in a churchyard, because it marks the spot where a true man and a good comrade fell.

It does not, however, give his age. His entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site confirms him as a Pioneer within the Royal Engineers (number 129383) and that he was killed on 30 July 1916, however, this also does not give his age. This makes it difficult to confirm details of his birth. His marriage appears to have taken place in 1909 to Anna Dickenson, and his three children are Harry, Edna and Joseph. There is also a Charles Anderson born in the December quarter of 1916, again with the mother’s maiden name as Dickenson, so it appears that Anna may have been pregnant when Charles was killed. He is commemorated on the Serre Road Cemetry No 2 in France.

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