5th March 1919

Lance Corporal Charles Harold Woodfield died at the 64th Casualty Clearing Station in Germany on 5th March 1919. He was 30 years old and was serving with the Royal Army Service Corps.

Charles Harold Woodfield was born on 11th April 1888 in the village of Eastern Green, Warwickshire which was part of Meriden Rural District until being absorbed into the City of Coventry.

Charles was the fifth of six children born to parents George (a farm manager) and Sarah (née Masters) who had married in 1877. Three of the children died in infancy – Ellen Elizabeth (born and died 1880), Edith (1883-1886) and Lilian Susanna (born and died 1894) – leaving Charles as the youngest of three surviving siblings.

By 1901, Charles and his brother, Joseph, were living in Coundon, near Coventry with their parents. Their 19-year-old sister, Alice Mary, was living in London and working as a housemaid in the Westminster household of Thomas Ashton MP (later Baron Ashton of Hyde).

By 1911, George and Sarah had moved to Burton Green, in the parish of Berkswell. At the time of the 1911 census, their 22-year-old son, Charles, was working as a motor fitter and living in Allesley with the family of his brother, Joseph (1878-1951).

Charles must have volunteered for war service rather than being conscripted, as he first saw oversees service on 19th November 1914.

He is buried in Cologne South Cemetery and commemorated locally on Berkswell War Memorial.

If you have any further information, please let us know.

Tracey
Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

tel.: 0121 704 6977
email: heritage@solihull.gov.uk

 

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