Private Charles Thomas Beaver is one of seven Beavers from Oakham to die in the First World War. All of them were related in some way. Charles was born in 1899, the son of Samuel Beaver and his wife of 44 King's Road, Oakham, and before the war worked as a junior porter on the railway. He enlisted on 27 July 1917, in the 1/4th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, and went to the Western Front on Easter Sunday 1918. His battalion was defending the Craonne position on the Aisne in May 1918, when the Germans got through a gap, infiltrating the line with machine guns and took a number of prisoners. Charles was one of them. He was sent to a prisoner of war camp at Langensalza, in Germany, where he died of pneumonia on 11 October 1918. Charles was buried in the camp cemetery, now named Niederzwehren Cemetery, grave VI.L.17, after a military funeral. His parents did not hear of his death until 4 January 1919 when the prison chaplain, himself a prisoner of war, wrote to tell them the news. Charles is remembered on Oakham's war memorial.
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