READ (E), Charles

No.G/61220, Private, Charles READE
Aged 19

24th Battalion, (2nd Sportsman's Battalion), Royal Fusiliers
formerly N0.32240, Middlesex Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Wednesday, 2nd May 1917

Charles Reade was born in Stoke by Clare on 12th September 1888,(Risbridge Q4-1888 4A:630), son of George and Susannah READE (née INCE).

He was admitted to Stoke by Clare National/Voluntary School in February 1892.

1891 census...Aged 2, he was at Chapel Street, Stoke by Clare with his father George READ [39] farm servant; his mother Susannah [40]; brothers Arthur [17], Harry [15] and Eli [13] farm servants; sisters Ada [9], Eliza [7] and Frances [5]. All were born in Stoke by Clare.

1901 census...Aged 12,working on farm, he was at Chapel Street still with his parents (father now recorded as born in Toppesfield); sisters Beatrice [9] and Elsie [7] both born in Stoke by Clare.

1911 census...Aged 22, farm labourer, he was still at Chapel Street with his parents, father now recorded as born at Yeldham. His mother had borne 10 children but two had died.

He enlisted in Waltham Abbey when resident in Enfield.

Without his Army records, there is no way of knowing exactly when or where he was wounded. The battalion were in the trenches near Oppy and Arleux at the end of April 1917

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Charles Reade is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France, grave 19:N:9A

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