Charles Stafford, Private 8/2478, Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Killed in action 15th August 1915 at Gallipoli, aged 19
Charles Stafford was born in Macclesfield in 1896. The youngest of two sons of Frederick Stafford, a silk worker, and Eva Maria (formerly Pike), he was baptised at St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield, on 9th May 1896.
The 1901 Census records the young family residing at 237 Crompton Road, Macclesfield.
On the 12th October 1906, the Staffords emigrated to New Zealand, embarking from Liverpool for the long voyage to Wellington.
By the time that war broke out, they were settled at a tiny Mangatiki Landing, Wanganui River
Charles enlisted at Trentham Military Camp, Upper Hutt, near Wellington, on 1st May 1915.
Private Charles Stafford has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel ref. 16 of the Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial in Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Charles Stafford, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, Private Charles Stafford is commemorated on the St Andrew’s (now All Saints) war memorial. Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the New Zealand War Graves Project website.