5 November 1916 : Pte Charles Illingworth

Born 10 November 1891 in South Ossett, York.

Charles Wilton Illingworth, the son of Andrew, a fine cloth drawer and Sarah. Born on 10 November, he was christened on Christmas Day at South Ossett, Christ Church. 

At the 1911 Census Charles, age 19, was living at home at No.6 Grove Street, Ossett with his parents, sister Mary and widowed Aunt Emma. He was by this time a clerk working for a fellmongers.

Charles enlisted 11 December 1915 transferring to the DLI 20 October 1916. From his surviving Service Records we learn that he was 5ft 2 1/2 inches tall.

Charles was killed, age 24 years, just 15 days after being transferred to the Durham Light Infantry during the attack on the Butte de Warlencourt.

A Drawing of the Butte de Warlencourt by Capt. Robert Mauchlen dated 8th November 1916 (Courtesy: D.L.I. Museum & Arts Centre, Durham)

Pension Ledgers and Cards from The Western Front Association archive on Fold3 by Ancestry

6098 Pte Charles William Illingworth, Durham Light Infantry 

5 November 1916 killed in action.

Sources: English Census 1901, 1911. 

Charles Wilton Illingworth, Ossett in the Great War 


(C) Wilson, Ashby and Howe, March 2014