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imageCharles was born in Preston in 1885 to Charles and Sarah Whittle (nee Lucas). His parents married in the parish church of St. John in Preston in 1861. Charles was the youngest of ten children but sadly only six of his siblings survived infancy; Robert (1864), Sarah Ann (1866), James (1868), Grace Ann (1872), John (1877) and Richard (1882).

In 1901 the Whittle family was living at 14 Adelaide Street in Preston. Sixteen year old Charles and his nineteen year old brother Richard were the only two siblings still living at home with their parents. Charles, his father and his brother Richard all worked locally in a cotton mill. The family did have a lodger, a chap named Frank Pollard who was a general labourer from Fleetwood.

On the 20th October 1906 Charles married Frances Ormerwood at St. Thomas`s church in the town. By 1911 the couple had two children, Charles William (1907) and Ernest (1910) and they were living at 12 Adelaide Street which was next door to Charles`s widowed mother Sarah and brother Richard.

Prior to his enlistment on the 14th December 1914 Charles and Frances had three more children, another son, Sidney (1911) and two daughters, Lilian (1913) and Florence (1914). Before he enlisted Charles had been employed by Mr. Copeland at the Pole Street cotton mill in Preston as a spinner.

At his enlistment Charles was allocated the service number 27585 and he joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Unfortunately his service papers are very sparse so very little information is available. The newspaper clipping below mentions that he first went to France in October 1915 and that he had been wounded on three occasions, however his Medal Index Card indicates that he didn`t go overseas until after January 1916.

The Medal Rolls do show that when he did go overseas he was at some point posted to the 10th Battalion. After serving with the 10th Battalion Charles eventually joined the 1/5th Battalion, whether this was after the 10th Battalion was disbanded in February 1918 is unknown.

Unfortunately Charles was wounded in action on the 4th October 1918 and he was shipped back to England for treatment. He was admitted to Netley Hospital in Southampton where sadly he succumbed to his wounds three weeks later on the 27th October 1918.

His body was returned to his home town of Preston and he was buried in Preston (New Hall Lane) Cemetery on the 5th November 1918.
The Preston Guardian newspaper published the following information after his burial.image

Charles was later awarded the British War and Victory Medals in recognition of his service and sacrifice for his country.


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One Response to 27585 PTE. C. WHITTLE. L.N.LAN.R.

  1. Beverley Heatley says:

    This is very moving and a wonderful if sad surprise..I am related to Charles..Sarah Ann Whittle is my maternal Great Great Grandmother..I have been researching my family history on and off for the last few years and knew a bit about Charles but not this..Sarah married and had 4 daughters and six sons..Five of them fought in WW1…Three of them in The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment..One was at and survived Gallipoli and recieved all 3 medals..One just 16, shot and captured and taken prisoner!..thankyou for this post..xx

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