Charles Mitchell, Sgt 290339, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 20th December 1917 in Palestine, aged 21
Charles Mitchell was born in 1895, the son of Ellen and Reuben Mitchell, a cotton weaver of Saville Street, Macclesfield.
In 1901, five year old Charles was living at 52 Saville Street with his parents and siblings John William (22), James (20), Wright (16), Ellen (13) and Alice (9). Ten years later, the family had moved a few doors down to 69 Saville Street, and Charles was an embroiderer at Hewetson’s Albion Mills, finding employment there after leaving school.
Charles was educated at St Peter’s School and was connected with St Peter’s Church and the Men’s Reading Room. He was a tall man of 6 feet 2 inches, and was well-known as a footballer, playing for St Peter’s Football Club.
Charles enlisted in the Macclesfield Territorials (7th Cheshire Regiment) just before the outbreak of war, receiving service number 1999, and was mobilised at the start of hostilities. He trained at Bedford, Cambridge and Northampton, and volunteered for active service in France with another battalion of the Cheshire Regiment, but was not allowed to transfer because of his age.
In 1915 Charles was sent out to Egypt, gaining promotion from Private to Corporal within three months, and was further promoted to Lance Sergeant four months later. Charles took part in both battles of Gaza and was injured on 17th December 1917 during the capture and defence of Jerusalem. He died of his wounds three days later on 20th December 1917; his parents were then living at 22 Windmill Street.
In 1911, Charles Dawson lived next door at 67 Saville Street. He also served with the 1/7th Cheshire Regiment in Egypt and died on 19th December 1917, the day before Charles Mitchell.