Main content

Charles Carrington

Charles Carrington of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment commanded a front line company at Passchendaele, aged just 20, and lost most of his men to shellfire.

Charles Carrington enlisted in 1914, and by December 1915 found himself stationed on the Western front between Gommecourt and Serre. Up until the spring of 1916, Charles enjoyed the experience; a sort of 'outdoor camping holiday with the boys, with a slight spice of danger to make it interesting'.

The war tactic soon changed - as did the weather - and Charles found himself living in a world of mud, noise, and always a few shells away from nervous breakdown. The trenches became the real world, and far-off London - and his family - began to feel very unreal.

Release date:

Available now

29 minutes

The Great War Interviews Collection

The Great War Interviews Collection
This programme is part a collection of interviews with World War One veterans and civilians filmed in the 1960s for the landmark BBC series The Great War.

Go to the BBC Four Great War Interviews Collection

Credits

Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Charles Carrington
Executive Producer Detlef Siebert
Producer Sandra Gorel

Featured in...

More about the centenary of World War One on the BBC

More about the centenary of World War One on the BBC

The BBC presents a season of programming commemorating the centenary of World War One.

Explore World War One on the BBC

Explore World War One on the BBC

New perspectives on the war that changed everything.