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World War One

Charles Gudgin

KILLED IN ACTION - 13TH NOVEMBER 1916 - AGED 19


 

BORN IN CLOPHILL IN 1897

CORPORAL 23372 4TH BATTALION BEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.

ENLISTED IN AMPTHILL.

COMMEMORATED IN ANCRE BRITISH CEMETERY, SOMME, FRANCE.

In 1911 Charles lived with his parents and 6 of his siblings at 56 High Street, Clophill. He was still at school. His parents were Alice and John - who at this time described his occupation as Groom/Gardener. They had had 12 children but only 9 had survived by 1911.

In 1911, along with Horace White, he had passed the Midland Counties Union Rural Arithmetic examination, whilst at evening school.

He was posted to France in July 1916 after 8 months training at Ampthill Park.


In November 1916 the Ampthll News reports:- "Lance Corporal Charles Gudgin, 8th Bedfords, has been recently promoted Corporal. He has come through the fighting in which he has taken part without a scratch."

Charles was in the same battalion as Henry Diggins & Herbert Webb and died on the same day, however he is not commemorated on the same memorial.

There are 2,540 WW1 casualties buried or commemorated in Ancre British Cemetery.

Extract from the 4th Battalion Diary 13 November 1916:- Operations on the North Bank of the ANCRE. The Battalion advanced with the remainder of the Brigade at 6.45 am and sustained heavy casualties among Officers and NCOs in and near the enemy front line from a strongpoint established between enemy front line and second line which had been passed over by the leading Brigades.

Battalion advanced to enemy second line and from there parties pushed forward to Station Road and beyond. In the evening all available men were withdrawn and taken down to HAMEL, refitted and moved into position in Station Road, close to BEAUCOURT Road. Officers Killed - 8. Died of Wounds - 1. Wounded - 5. Other Ranks Killed - 48. Died of Wounds - 9. Wounded - 108. Missing - 16.