Charles Neal was born in Sudbrook, Lincolnshire on 31 July 1886, the son of Thomas and Kate Neal. The family moved to Normanton Cottages in Empingham and then to Keisby, near Bourne. After joining up he served with the 8th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment. Charles went to the Western Front on 15 August 1917 as one of 84 new drafts and probably saw action in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) near Hill 60 in September. But he became ill and died in hospital from dysentery on 19 October. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France, grave XXX.E.6A, and is remembered on Empingham's war memorial.
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