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Charles Bainbridge was born in Preston in 1878 and was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Ann Bainbridge. At the time of being recalled on 1st September 1914 he was 36 years 5 months old and had been working as a labourer. He was unmarried and gave his next of kin as Mrs Agnes Airey of 9 Ellen Street, Preston. Charles was living with his parents at the time of the 1881 census, but by 1891 he was living with his aunt and uncle (John and Alice Airey). By 1911 he was boarding with the Woan family at 52 Wilbraham Street, Preston and working as a dresser at a foundry.

Charles Bainbridge was recalled to the Army when war broke out as a Specialist Reserve soldier. He had served with the 2nd Battalion of the Lancashire Fusiliers during the Boer War.

At his enlistment medical at Preston the examining doctor described Charles as standing 5ft 5in tall and weighing 143lbs.

Private Bainbridge was given the number 3468 and was posted into the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion. He then proceeded to Felixstowe to begin his training.

On 3rd October 1914, just 33 days after being called up, Private Charles Bainbridge died at Felixstowe. He had been admitted into the Pier hotel hospital three days earlier with ‘pneumonia lobar’, from which he didn’t recover.

Rank: Private
Service No: 3468
Date of Death: 03/10/1914
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 3rd Bn.

[1] Lobar pneumonia is a form of pneumonia that affects a large and continuous area of the lobe of a lung.

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