Other names: Charles Edward
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetPontnewydd, MonmouthshireIndiaGibralterHalifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaBermudaFrance & Flanders
Story: Charles Edward Ranger was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1870 and baptised at St. James Church on 27 May 1870 the son of Charles Ranger and Sarah Anne Ranger (nee Elliott). He lived his early life in St. James, Shaftesbury. He enlisted on 21 Mar 1889 and joined the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner. (Service No. 4219.) He saw service in India, Gibralter, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Bermuda until his discharge after 18 years service on 12 Jul 1907. During this time he had married Emma Jane Hillier on 25 Dec, 1892. It is thought they had one child. By 1911 Charles had moved to Pontnewydd, Monmouthshire where he had employment as a Collier Coal Hewer. His wife died in the same year and he went on to remarry Laura Frances Charles in Pontnewydd on 6 Oct 1916. They had four children - one of whom died in early infancy. Charles was mobilized on 17 Oct 1914 and returned to the Royal Garrison Artillery. (Service No. 71904). He served a short time in France but spent most of the war in the UK. He was transferred to the 16th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment as a Private on 27 Apr 1918 (Service No. 62273). He had been diagnosed with Rheumatism in 1915 and this was a constant source of concern. He was discharged on 19 Mar 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star. He later applied for the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal but this was refused after an official inquiry. He died before 1939 where his wife is shown on the Register as a widow but the exact date or place are unknown.