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Charles Perry Gorden was born in Ardwick, Lancashire in about 1888. His father was also named Charles, his mother Hannah. He had three brothers Robert, William and Harold.

Charles married Eliza Jane Henley in the forth quarter of 1908. By 1911, Charles and Eliza were living at 33 Poplar Street, Ardwick with their one year old daughter, Hilda. Charles was working as a shop assistant. They had another family boarding with them (Augustine Saxon, Martha Saxon & their daughter Lilian Francis Saxon).

Charles enlisted in the Army at Manchester and spent time with Army Cyclist Corps (number 6619) before transferring to the 9th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was now given the service number 25132.

Charles sailed to France on 26th September 1915 as part of the initial deployment of the 9th Battalion with 74th Brigade of 25th Division.

Having spent nearly two years in France, Charles was permitted leave to the UK in September 1917. When at home he had complained of feeling very sick, and “had never been right since being overcome in a gas attack last December (1916)”. Charles died at home on 15th September 1917 of acute pneumonia. A verdict of death by natural causes was returned by the coroner, no trace of gas poisoning was found. He was buried in the Manchester Southern Cemetery.

Private Charles Gorden was entitled to the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal. His next of kin would also have received the memorial plaque and scroll.

Rank: Private
Service No: 25132
Date of Death: 15/09/1917
Age: 33
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.

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