Charles Albert Warren, Private 9045, 2nd Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
Died 26th December 1915 in Macclesfield, aged 25
Charles Albert Warren was born in London in about 1890, the son of M. J. and Henry George Warren, a bricklayers labourer. In 1901, nine year old Charles was living at 5 Rycroft Court, Stepney, London, with his parents and siblings Henry (18), Eliza (15), George (13), Martha (11), William (7), Ann (3) and Carrie (1).
On 14th October 1908 Charles joined the 2nd Battalion of the Gloucester Regiment at Hounslow, signing an agreement to serve with the army for 7 years and be in the reserves for a further 5 years. At the time of enlistment he was employed as a shop assistant, and stated that he was currently serving with the Royal Fusiliers (Special Reserve). He was described as 5 feet 3¾ inches tall, weighing 120 pounds with a 32 inch chest, a fresh complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair, and he had tattoos of a butterfly and a drum on his right forearm. He named his father, Henry George Warren of 15 Bartle Ave, East Ham, and brother George Warren, serving with the Essex Regiment, as his next of kin.
Charles served in Malta for almost three years, between 4th November 1910 and 11th September 1913. Whilst with the army, Charles continued his education: he passed a swimming test on 29th August 1911 and gained a 3rd class certificate of education in Malta on 5th June 1912. In 1911, Charles was recorded in the census as being in the barracks with his regiment in Malta, while his family were at Bartle Avenue, East Ham, London.
From Malta, the Battalion moved to Tientsin, North China, for 14 months between 12th September 1913 and 7th November 1914.
Charles returned to England with his Battalion on 8 November 1914, landing at Southampton, and the Battalion then came under the command of the 81st Brigade in 27th Division. After a brief spell in England, the Battalion formed part of the British Expeditionary Force to France, landing at Le Havre on 18 December 1914. Charles was at Boeschoepe on 28th January 1915 when he began to suffer from frozen feet and was admitted to the British Hospital at Wimereux on the following day with slight frostbite. The hospital sent him back to England on 31st January 1915 to recover.
Charles rejoined his regiment in France on 1st June 1915 but was admitted to the 6th General Hospital at Rouen on 9th June 1915, suffering from Malaria. He returned to duty on 17th June and went back to the front on 1st July. Unfortunately he fell ill again on 23rd July, this time suffering from Phthisis (Tuberculosis), and was sent to the 7th Casualty Station at Merville, from where he was sent by train to the 10th General Hospital at Rouen. After a few days at Rouen, he returned to England again on 1st August 1915.
A medical report, dated 5th August 1915, stated that he was suffering from Phthisis (Tuberculosis), with a slight fever (temperature 101 degrees) and night sweats, and had lost a considerable amount of weight.
Charles was finally discharged from the army on 11th October 1915 due to being considered no longer fit for service, receiving a pension of 12s 6d.
It is not known why Charles was sent to Macclesfield but he was cared for at the Sanatorium in Moss Lane until his death on 29th December 1915. The following entry was listed in the Births, Marriages and Deaths column of the Macclesfield Times of 7th January 1916:
WARREN – December 29th, at the Sanatorium, Charles Warren, aged 25 years.
Private Charles Warren is buried in grave ref. I. 7621 in Macclesfield Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Charles Warren, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
WW1 British Army Service Records 1914-1920 (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 7th January 1916