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World War 1 Memorial Project

Charles Greenslade

 

Name: Charles Greenslade

Rank: Private

Service Number: 27254 (formerly 1960, West Somerset Yeomanry)

Regiment: Somerset Light Infantry

Battalion/Unit number: 7th Battalion

Date/year of Birth: c. 1893

Place of Birth: Taunton

Place of Residence: 2 Plough Cottages, Whitehall, Taunton

Date of Death: 22nd March 1918

Place of Death: In the region of St Quentin, France

Burial/Memorial: Pozieres Memorial

Charles Greenslade was the son of George and Mary Ann Greenslade, and had an older brother called John.  In 1911, when he was 18, he married Alice Bishop, a 21 year old who worked as a polisher in the shirt factory, and they went on to have three daughters, Doris, Gladys and Alice.

As a member of the 7th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry, Charles would have been attached to the 20th (Light) Division in France.  This Division took part in the Battle of St Quentin, which opened the German Spring Offensive of 1918 on 21st March, and this opening assault lasted for three days.  It was during this battle that Charles was killed in action.

Charles' great grandson, Mr. S. Clark, was also in the Somerset Light Infantry.

 

 

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