Private Charles William Langston

Private Charles William Langston

Thank you to Jane Anthony for the following research.

Very few details can be found about Charles William Langston, he was the oldest son and second child of Charles and Clara Langston and born in about 1881 when they were living in Ipswich. In 1891 he was living with the rest of his family in Peckham. He then disappears until enlisting in the Royal Fusiliers. It is possible that he was living outside the UK or he may have enlisted in the regular army. Certainly on of his younger brothers was a regular soldier in the Kings Own Hussars.

The Royal Fusiliers were a territorial regiment and were made up of volunteers, the battalion that he joined were also know as Princess Louise’s or the Kensington Battalion, which is where they drew most of their recruits from, therefore it is quite likely he was living in that area at the time he joined up. He died, aged 35, of wounds on 18 June 1915 of wounds received at Ypres and is buried at the Bedford House Cemetery in Ypres. There is no record of any effects left, but it is unlikely that he was married.

The Langston family certainly moved around to various parts of the country at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Their father Charles Bradby Langston was born in Wantage Berkshire and his wife Clara in Reading. At various times they lived in Plymouth, Ipswich, Stoke Newington, Peckham and Holmwood. However as far as can be determined they did not live in Wokingham, although it is fairly close to Reading where Clara was born. Charles Bradby made a living as a salesman selling both dried fruits and tea at various times. There were seven children in the family of whom 6 were living in 1911. At that time they were living at Fernhurst in Holmwood their eldest daughter Constance was also living in South Holmwood with her husband Alfred Bourne, who earned his living repairing shoes. They had married in 1908 and the wedding was registered in Wokingham, although Bourne originated from Sussex, this is the only connection that can be traced to this area.

The Langston family undoubtedly had connections to South Holmwood through their parents and sister although it is unlikely that either of the brothers actually lived in South Holmwood or Dorking. Why Charles William is on the memorial for South Holmwood and Alfred on Dorking is will probably never be known.

Born                            Ipswich, Suffolk
Lived                           Wokingham, Berkshire

Son of                          Mrs Charles J. and Clara Langston of Holmwood, Surrey
Brother of                    Alfred Langston

Regiment                     4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Number                        L/9179

Date of Death              18th June 1915
Place of Death             Ypres, Belguim
Cause of Death            Died of Wounds

Age                              35

Cemetery                      Bedford House Cemetery, Ypres, Begium