No.872, Private, Charles MARRIOTT
Aged 30

11th Lt Trench Mortar Battery, Australian Imperial Force
Killed accidentally on Active Service on 10th December 1917

Charles Marriott was born in Rougham on 24th December 1887 (1st qtr 1888 Thingoe 4a:703), son of William and Rosina MARRIOTT (née PETTITT).

1891 census...Aged 3, he was at Nether Street, Rougham with his father William MARRIOTT [32] farmer born Elmswell; his mother Rosina [36] born Bradfield St George; brothers William [8], Sidney [4], Frederick [1] and John [1 month]; sister Elizabeth [6]. All the children were born in Rougham.

1901 census...Aged 3, he was at May Pole Green, Bradfield St George with his parents, brothers William, Sidney, Fred, John, Alfred [6] and Frank [2]; sisters Lizzie, Lily [8] and Lydia [4]. Frank was born in Bradfield St.George.

1911 census...Aged 23, he was an Able Seaman in the Royal Navy at Chatham Dockyard on HMS Indominatable The family were still in Bradfield St George.

He appears to have married Alice WHITTLE in London in 1917, later of 15 Vincent Square, Westminster London. presumably on UK leave. Strangely the Australian records have no details other than him marrying.

His brother Sidney died 5 months earlier when HMS Vanguard blew up see here

He enlisted in the Royal Navy as a boy at HMS Ganges. He was 5 feet 1.5 inches tall, brown hair blue eyes, a farm boy. He signed for 12 years service which would have been from age 18, but apparently was invalided out on 14th July 1912

He enlisted in the Australian Army on 27th March 1916 at Perth, single, aged 28 years 3 months, born Rougham, Suffolk, father William Marriott of Bradfield St George. Next of kin change on marriage to Alice of 18 Vincent Square, Westmonster, London. He was now 5 feet 8 inches tall, chest 36 to 38 inches, weighing 158 lbs, a Baptist
Initially assigned to 44th battalion he was posted to 11 Light Trench Mortar battery on 30th June 1917, promoted Lance Corporal 1st July and Corporal 9th August 1917.
He left Freemantle on 6th June 1916, arriving Plymouth 21st July. and in France by 23rd November 1916
He was killed by the premature explosion of a Stokes Mortar shell at Ploegsteert. and buried 15 yards on south side of road from Romarin to Ploegsteert, according to the Chaplain but CWGC give a map reference just north of that road and they record identification by a cross. However contemporary maps do show two possible roads from Romarin to Ploegsteert, one no longer existing.

His marked grave was just over the border, at Ploegsteert and he was re-interred at Trois Arbres in 1924

Charles is buried in Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France 2:T:28

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