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Charles Genner was born in about 1894, the son of Robert Genner and Elizabeth James. By 1911 he was already a Private in the 3rd South Staffordshire Regiment, living at Whittington Barracks in Lichfield.

He later transferred to the 2nd Manchester Regiment (service number 2582). He died of his wounds on 26 August 1914, although the Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects has his death as 30 April 1915. It also appears that he was taken as a Prisoner of War. This is corroborated by the International Red Cross records, which has his name, regiment and service number on a list of men under the heading “Beerdigung unbekannt” ([Place of] burial unknown). This list is dated 10 April 1915. This again appears to indicate a later death date, although not as late as 30 April.

I have not been able to confirm further details about him, including his date of birth or further military information, possibly as his name may have been mistranscribed.He is commemorated on the Heath Park Memorial.

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