Corporal Henry James Charman

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

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. The 42nd Brigade was one of the units in the regular army and was part of the British Expeditionary Force. 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.

One of his younger brothers Frank later joined the same regiment.

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

Thank you to Andy Bailey for letting us reproduce his research from the Ewhurst Fallen website.

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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