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Battersby1Charles Battersby was born in 1878 in Bamber Bridge to a single lady Ann Battersby, he was baptised on the 12 May, 1878 in St. Saviour`s Church in Bamber Bridge.

About four months after the birth of her son Ann married William Henry Ball on the 31 August, 1878 in St. Saviours Church. The couple went on to have thirteen children but only six survived.

In the 1881 Census and again in 1891 Charles was living with his mother Ann and William Henry Ball firstly in West Street, Bamber Bridge and then at number 11 Dewhurst Row in Bamber Bridge. In the 1881 and subsequent census Charles used the surname Battersby so it is quite likely that William Henry Ball was not his real father. By 1891 aged just thirteen Charles was working in a mill as a carding tenter.

On the 14 February, 1900 at St. Paul`s Church in Farington near Lostock Hall Charles married Maria Nelson a nineteen year old young lady from Farington. Charles and Maria had a son Vincent the following year when the couple were living at 37 Stanifield Road (Spring Gardens) in Farington. Charles was working as a scutching frame mender in a cotton mill at the time. Sadly their son Vincent died before he reached his first birthday.

The couple then went on to have two daughters, Mary was born in 1903 and Norah in 1905. By 1911 Charles, Maria and the two girls had moved to Leyland and had taken up residence at number 53 Todd Row, Golden Hill Lane. The family had also taken in a boarder, 24 year old Joseph Bromilow. Charles and Joseph were both working in the rubber works in Leyland.

In the March quarter of 1914 Charles and Maria had a third daughter and named her Ada.

At some point after war was declared Charles went to enlist but we cannot be sure of exactly when because his papers do not appear to have survived so information is limited. Charles was posted to the 6th (Service) Battalion and allocated the service number 11528.

On the 17 June, 1915 at the age of 37 Charles sailed with the 6th Battalion from Avonmouth on the “Braemar Castle” going to via Mudros to Gallipoli. The Battalion landed at Anzac Cove at Gallipoli on the 4th August, 1915.

Sadly on the 9 August, 1915 just five days after he landed Charles was one of the many missing presumed killed in the desperate fighting at Chunuk Bair.

Charles` mother Ann placed the following notice in the Preston Guardian no doubt hoping that someone may come be able to tell her what had happened to her son.


The Military Authorities would have at some point confirmed for official purposes that Charles was presumed to have died on or about the 9 August, 1915.

Charles`s body was never recovered and so his name was recorded on the Helles Memorial. He was awarded the 1915 Star, British War and Victory Medals for his services to his Country.

Charles is also remembered on the War Memorial Plaque inside St. Saviour`s Church in Bamber Bridge. Photographs and information on the Memorial can be found by following this link.

Rank: Private
Service No: 11528
Date of Death: 09/08/1915
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 6th Bn.

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