Chatteris WW1 Soldier Charles Lambe 326280. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Name: Charles Lambe 326280 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment Died: 14 October 1916 Charles lambe was born in March in about 1897. His parents were Frederick and Elizabeth Lambe and his older brother Joseph also died in the Great War. In 1911 the family lived in Bridge St and Charles worked as an errand boy whilst his father was a bricklayer. By the end of the war his parents lived at 91 New Rd, Chatteris. Charles enlisted in Cambridge and was in the 1st Battalion Cambridgeshire Regiment. He died on 14 October 1916. He was reported missing and was only reported as dead in August 1917. His Officer wrote in the Cambridgeshire Times: “….he was wounded and, with others, took shelter in a shell hole. Later Germans concentrated an intense artillery fire over the spot and not trace has been seen of the poor fellows since, although exhaustive enquiries have been made”. This was an historic day for the 1st Bn Cambridgeshires as they captured the German stronghold The Schwaeben Redoubt on the Somme. Many attempts had been made to take this strategic position but none had been successful previously. An Officer in the Cambs Regiment wrote “Shells sizzled overhead like rain. A second later they burst on the rising ground two hundred yards to the North, throwing up fountains of earth mingled with the debris of the battlefield….Silhouetted against this cloud of spurting earth and smoke were my Cambridgeshires advancing to victory”. Despite being missing for so long Charles’s body was found and he is buried at The Connaught Cemetery, Thiepval. There is a dedication to him on the family gravestone in Chatteris New Road Cemetery. Project File contains: • CWGC certificate • 1901 Census, 1911 Census • Soldiers Died • Cambs Times Aug 31 1917 • Extract from the book “The Cambridgeshire Regiment”
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