Corporal Henry James Charman

Thank you to Jane Anthony and Andrew Bailey for this research.

Henry James Charman was one of the seven children of Frank and Elizabeth Charman. He was born in Okewood Hill in about 1892, where he was baptised at Okewood Church in 1892. The Charmans lived at Red Hill Cottages in Forest Green. The family moved to Stoke Park Guilford whilst he was still in his childhood. His father was a shoemaker

Henry joined the army as a regular before the 1st World War in Guildford and by the age of 18 was a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery, living in barracks at Shoeburyness in Essex with the rank of Gunner. One of his younger brothers Frank later joined the same regiment. The 42nd Brigade was one of the units in the regular army and was part of the British Expeditionary Force. He was killed in action on 26 July 1916, and is commemorated at the Thiepval Memorial.

His parents had by the time of his death had moved to Ewhurst.

He is commemorated in Abinger, Okewood Hill, Forest Green and Ewhurst.

Thank you to Andy Bailey for letting us reproduce the following information from the Ewhurst Fallen website.

Henry, known as Harry (c1901), was born in Abinger and had his birth registered in Dorking in 1892. He was the son of Frank and Elizabeth Charman. In 1901 the family were resident in Forest Green, and Harry was mentioned as a resident of Ewhurst in the 1914 Electoral Roll, when he lived in Mascalls. It is likely that at this time he was a reserve soldier and joined his unit at Bulford with the commencement of the war, landing in France on 19th August 1914. He served initially as Gunner 70295 with the 42nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery of the 3rd Division. Harry was promoted to Corporal and was Mentioned in Despatches in the 22nd June 1915 issue of the London Gazette. On 26th July 1916, whilst participating in the Battle of the Somme, Harry was killed. At this time his Division was involved in the Battle of Delville Wood. Harry has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records that his parents, Frank and Elizabeth, lived in Sunnyside, Cranleigh Road, Ewhurst, Surrey.

Born                           Abinger, Surrey
Lived                           Forest Green, Surrey

Son of                         Frank and Elizabeth Charman
Brother of                    Frank Charman

Regiment                     41st Battery, 42nd Regiment, Royal Field Artillery
Number                       70295

Date of Death              26th July 1916
Place of Death             Somme, France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              24

Memorial                     Thiepval Memorial, France

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