Charles Stewart Paul, Private 42695, 8th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
Killed in action 5th April 1918 in France, aged 28
Charles Stewart Paul was born in Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland in 1889, the son of Eleanor and Charles Stewart Paul. By 1911 the family had moved to 4 Adlington Road, Bollington, where 22 year old Charles was living with his parents and siblings Francis Henry (23) and Beatrice Annie (15). Charles was employed as a back tenter at a calico print works, and his parents and sister ran a shirt and collar laundry business.
Charles married Leah Annie Ludlaim in 1915 at the Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church, Macclesfield.
Charles Paul first enlisted in Manchester with the Lancashire Fusiliers, receiving service number 243644, but was later transferred to the Lincolnshire Regiment and given service number 42695.
His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 1 August 1919:
LOCAL SOLDIER REPORTED KILLED – We regret to state that Mrs Paul, 97 Brock St, Macclesfield, has received official intimation that her husband, Pte C S Paul, 8th Bn Lincolnshire Regt, has now been reported killed. Pte Paul was posted in the casualty list as missing between 4th and 5th April 1917 (sic). Previous to joining the Army in 1915, he was a member of the St John’s School and Church, Bollington. Pte Paul had only been in France a short time when he met his death.
Private Charles Paul is buried in Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, France, Grave Ref. III. A. 13. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Charles Paul, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, Private Charles Paul is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Church war memorials, and on the Bollington Palmerston St and St Oswald’s Church war memorials. He is also remembered on a family gravestone at St John’s Church, Bollington.
Brother of Francis Henry Paul, who served as Private 84721 with the RAMC and survived the war, later living at 68 Black Lane, Macclesfield.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Census (England & Wales): 1911
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects (Ancestry)
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
Lives of the First World War website
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 1 August 1919