Charles Talbot


Charles Talbot


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Bedfordshire Regiment
1st Bn.

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

1914 (Mons) Star (with Clasp & Roses), British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

Panel 31 and 33.

Headstone Inscription

No Report

UK & Other Memorials

Northchurch Village Memorial St Mary’s Church Window, Northchurch, Berkhamsted War Memorial, Berkhamsted

Pre War

Charles was born in Northchurch in 1879 to John Talbot and Mary Ann (nee Hayward). The family lived in High Street.

Charles enlisted in 4th Battalion (Special Reserve) Bedfordshire Regiment as Private 6951 on 4 Feb 1901. He married Annie Julia Wooley in 1910 and they made their home in Unity Cottages, Northchurch, giving his occupation as Warehouseman.

Wartime Service

1st Battalion Bedfordshire Regt deployed to France on 16 Aug 1914, meeting with the BEF and taking part in the battles of Mons and Le Cateau on the retreat from Mons. Charles went to France on 30 Aug 1914 possibly, joining the  Beds at St Quentin in a draft of reinforcements, taking part in the Battles of the Aisne and La Bassee in Oct 1914.

The 1st Bn were in the trenches at Ypres in early Nov 1914 and under attack by the enemy, pressing to take Ypres, and hand to hand fighting on Nov 14 had resulted in 11 men being killed or wounded as well as an equal number ‘missing’. Charles is recorded as dying from wounds at 3 Casualty Clearing Station but as his remains were lost he is remembered on the Menin Gate as having no known grave.

Additional Information

War Gratuity of £5 and arrears of £7 0s 7d. paid to his widow.


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