Chatteris WW1 Soldier Charles Malcolm Aldridge 81080. Chatteris Remembers Biography
Pte Charles Malcolm Aldridge 81080, 1st/7th Bn Durham Light Infantry Died: 27 May 1918 Charles Aldridge was born about 1900 in March. His father was a farm worker and in 1911 the family lived at Tithe Farm off London Road in Chatteris. Charles joined the Army in Cambridge on 17 April 1915, being only 15 years old. He had given his age as 19 years and 9 months and said that he was an engineer. After 9 months in the Army he was sent back home for being too young. He re-joined the Army as soon as he was old enough and went out to France in March 1918. Charles was reported as missing since May 27th 1918 (Cambs Times of 12 July 1918). He was killed in action at the start of the Battle of the Aisne. Charles’s battalion were in support trenches in Chaudardes which were very peaceful and they were able to bathe in the Aisne Canal and the band played in the village square. They then proceeded to the front line, which was quiet until the morning of 27th March, the day that Charles died. They received reports of the roads behind the enemy line being “black with enemy troops”, followed by an incredible barrage. The enemy attacked in force and practically annihilated the battalion. Charles has no known grave and is commemorated on Soissons Memorial. Project File Contains • CWGC Roll of Honour • 1911 Census • Soldiers Died • Attestation Paper • Medal Roll • Cambs Times 12 July 1918 • Extract from Battalion War Diary
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