Charles Henry Read from Empingham was wounded three times and recommended for a gallantry medal during the Battle of Cambrai in 1917. He born in 1892 and was the step-brother of George Henry Hubbard who also died in the First World War. Charles was a bee-keeper before the war and was married with three small children, living at Hoby near Leciester. He enlisted in Stamford, joining the 8th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment on 4 September 1914, one of eleven Rutland men who enlisted that day and who all subsequently died. He went to France on 3 September 1915 and saw action at the Battle of Loos where he was shot in the right arm and chest on 2 October 1915. Recovering from these wounds, he went out to the front again and on 1 March 1916 was wounded in the left elbow. After leaving hospital he transferred to the 5th Battalion Royal Berkshire Regiment and took part in the capture of Thiepval Ridge, where he was again wounded on 25 September 1916. He was sent to England for hospital treatment and on recovery he went to Cork in Ireland for three months, and then back out to France where he took part in the Battle of Cambrai. He was recommended for gallantry on the field in an attack on 20 November 1917, but was killed by a shell near a place known as Bleak House ten days later on 30 November. The Officer commanding his company wrote to his widow and said: "I can only partly realise the sorrow you must feel at the loss of one who will be missed so much, but at the same time must feel proud of his gallant deeds and splendid life. He was an excellent NCO and would have gone far in promotion, as he had been recommended for gallantry in the attack on 20 November." Charles was around 25 years old and is remembered on Panel 8 of the Cambrai Memorial and also on Empingham's war memorial. Another Empingham soldier, William Hammond, died on the same day but in a different engagement.
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