1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Charlie Black

Contributed by: Paul Sharratt, on 2008-11-07

Charlie Black
First Name Charlie
Surname Black
Year of Birth 1899
Year of Death 1918
Regiment Highland Light Infantry
Place of Wartime Residence Anstey, Leicestershire

Charlie's Story

My great uncle, Charlie Black was born in Anstey, Leicestershire in 1899. He first joined up well under age to his local regiment in Leicestershire. Once his father found out what he had done he forced young Charlie out of the army. Charlie was not to be denied the chance to fight for his country, so he ran away to Scotland and joined the Highland Light Infantry. He was sadly killed on 25th March 1918 aged only 19, near to Maricourt in France, in an action where his commanding officer Lt Col William Anderson was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. Charlie will never be forgotten. From a very proud great nephew, Paul Sharratt

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