Charles Stephen King headstone 4

Charlie Stephen King

Surname: King
Other names: Charlie Stephen
Other people in this story:
Stephen King
Virtue King nee Hanks
Emily Ann King née Chapple
Bessie King nee Imber
Locations in this story:
Shaftesbury
Sunderland War Hospital
Holy Trinity Churchyard, Shaftesbury
Layton Lane, Shaftesbury
Bay, Gillingham
St. James' Church, Shaftesbury
St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury
Flanders

Story:
Charles Stephen King was born in 1888 in Shaftesbury. He was the son of Stephen King, a painter, and Virtue King (nee Hanks). His mother, Virtue, died in 1893 and was buried on 10th August, 1893. His father remarried on 28th August, 1897 to Emily Ann Chapple. On 17th October, 1909 Charlie married Bessie Imber and they had three children: two girls and a boy. At the time of the 1911 Census he was working for a railway company as a house painter and living in Bay, Gillingham, Dorset.

He enlisted on 11th December, 1915 but was not mobilized until 17th August, 1916 as a Gunner in the 237th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (Service No. 116267) and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He received gun shot wounds to his legs in Flanders on 17th August, 1917 and was repatriated to Sunderland War Hospital where he died of septicemia on 15th September 1917. He was buried south of the church in Holy Trinity Churchyard in Shaftesbury. The name inscribed on the headstone was "C.R. KING" which differs from the name that appears on official documents. In 2018 this error was rectified with the erection of a new headstone, after a local resident contacted the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

At the time of Charles' death his wife Bessie was living at 5 Layton Lane, Shaftesbury and was in receipt of a pension for herself and family the equivalent of £1.31p. per week. He is remembered on the Park Walk and St. James’ War Memorials and on the Roll of Honour in St. James’ Church. His name can also be seen on the Holy Trinity memorial, now in St. Peter's Church, Shaftesbury.

Images:
  • Park Walk War Memorial 3
  • Names on Park Walk War Memorial 2
  • Park Walk War Memorial 1
  • Names on St. James' War Memorial 2
  • St. James' Roll of Honour
  • St. James' War Memorial
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 3
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 2
  • Holy Trinity Memorial in St. Peter's Church 1
  • Charles Stephen King original headstone
  • Charles Stephen King headstone 5
  • Charles Stephen King headstone 3
  • Charles Stephen King headstone 2

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives