Other names: Charles
Locations in this story: Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetFrance & FlandersShaftesbury, DorsetBath, SomersetWatchet, Somerset
Story: Charles Whitmarsh was born in Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 12 Apr 1877 the son of Ambrose John Whitmarsh and Maria Whitmarsh (nee Lane). He lived his early life in Melbury Abbas. He had served in the Army from 1896 until his discharge on 13 Mar 1906. He married Huldah Amelia Hacker at St. James Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 23 Oct 1906 and went to live at Watchet, Somerset. They went on to have four children. Charles re-enlisted on 21 Dec 1914 as a Private with the 1st Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service Nos. 4320 & 8790). He served in France & Flanders at which time he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Service No. 3/16372) soon after which he received a gunshot wound which left him physically unfit for further duty. He was discharged on 2 Apr 1918 and eventually awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. He died in Bath, Somerset, on 29 Sep 1920.