BEAVER Charles Ernest

Known information

Private Charles Ernest Beaver was born on 1 April 1895, the son of John Beaver and his wife. He was a gardener and joined the 9th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment on 17 September 1914 as one of Kitchener's volunteers, shortly after the war began. He went out to France on 29 July 1915, and took part in the Battle of the Somme when he was killed by a shell 14 July 1916 in Mametz Wood as his battalion attacked Bazentin Le Petit. George Phillips wrote: "He was the only soldier servant taken up into the fight and keenly appreciated the honour of being chosen to accompany his captain." His Commanding Officer wrote: "His unrivalled popularity, great keenness, and quiet capability made him a great asset to us all." Charles has no known grave and is remembered on Pier 3A of the Thiepval Memorial and also on the war memorial in Ashwell.

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  • Ashwell Church
  • Ashwell Church interior
  • Ashwell Church interior
  • Ashwell Plaque
  • Aswell Memorial 1
  • Aswell memorial 2
  • Thiepval Memorial
  • Pier 3a
  • C E Beaver

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Having conducted my family history ("My Family And Other Animals - The Beaver's of Oakham"), I can assert that Private Charles Ernest Beaver (number 15343) was a distant relation of mine, and was distantly related to ALL of the other Beaver fallen on this site.
By Derbyshirelad on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 2:53pm
Charles Ernest was the 7th of 9 children and his father died about 9 months after he was killed. 6 of his siblings married and had children.
By Dadobungo on Monday 20th October '14 at 8:05pm
Charles was my great great grandfather, my grandad was Kenneth and he had a brother Jack, my great great grandma never re-married.
By SallyannBeaver on Monday 16th July '18 at 12:52pm

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.
Remembering John Breakspear of Langham in Rutland who died 100 years ago today of injuries sustained in #WW1 A careā€¦ 6:03 PM May 13th

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