Other names: Charles
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, Dorset
Story: Charles Padfield was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 1 May 1884 and baptised at St. James Church on 15 Jun 1884 the son of John Charles Padfield and Mary Elizabeth Padfield (nee Maidment). He lived all his early years in and around St. James, Shaftesbury. He married Florence Ethel Galpin in Shaftesbury in 1908. They went on to have three children. Charles enlisted in Feb 1911 with the 4th (86th Provisional) Battalion (Territorial Force) as a Private. (Service No. 4892). He was embodied at the outbreak of war (Service No. 1362) and was eventually discharged on 27 Feb 1916 having completed the five year term of his engagement. He re-enlisted 19 Aug 1916 and served with the 5th (Service) Battalion (Service No. 202498) and was finally demobilized on 20 Mar 1919. There is no indication from the limited records available that he served anywhere other than the UK. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He gave 5 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, as his address. By 1939 he was living at 89 Coppice Street, Shaftesbury, and working as a House Painter. When he died on 2 Feb 1963 he had been living at 10 Tanyard Lane, Shaftesbury.