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  Charles Henry Tudor 

Private G/6292

7th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment (1)
Died of Wounds following Capture, 25/04/1917, aged 35

Buried in:
Honnechy British Cemetery, France (II.C.26)

 Remembered on :
Ewhurst War Memorial,  Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment Roll of Honour, Holy Trinity Church, Guildford
 


 

 

 

CHARLES HENRY TUDOR was born in Plymouth, Devon in 1882, the son of Thomas & Emma Selina Tudor (2). Brother to Edward Thomas Tudor (b Plymouth 1871) , James William Tudor (b Plymouth 1873, served on HMS Ceasar), Em* Selina Tudor (b Plymouth 1876), Angelina Tudor (b Plymouth 1884), Harrison John Lethbridge Tudor (b Plymouth 1889, killed in action 28/06/1915 at Gallipoli with the South Wales Borderers) and May Isabella Louise Tudor (b Plymouth 1892).

Charles served with the pre war Regular Army, in the 1st Battalion Dorset Regiment for 8 years with the colours and a further 4 years with the Reserve.

He attested for service with the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment at their depot at Stoughton Barracks, Guildford, on 24th July 1915, aged 33 and became Private G/6292 of the 7th Battalion. On enlistment Charles gave his occupation as 'postman' and address as Hazelbank Cottages, Ewhurst. This was just less than a month after his brother Harrison was killed in action at Gallipoli. (3)

Initially served with 3rd Bn RWSR, and was posted to 7th Bn on 10/11/1916. Charles was taken Prisoner of War on 18/11/1916, and died of his wounds whilst a PoW in a German field hospital at Maretz on  25/04/1917. He was one of 23 British soldiers that the Germans interred in the Maretz Communal Cemetery German Extension. After the war their graves were moved to the Honnechy British Cemetery (4).

 Looking therefore at the 7th Battalion war diary for the preceding month would suggest when he was captured.

THE SOMME, JANUARY 1917

In the middle of January 1917 the 7th Queen's were back in the front line that they had left in November 1916. On 17th February 1917 the 18th Division fought at Boom Ravine (near Miramont), with 55th Brigade, and 7th Queen's in reserve. Although not deeply involved in the actions of February, the battalion lost 10 men killed in action, 2 officers and 48 other ranks wounded, 2 officers and 8 men wounded and missing, and 41 men missing.

Of these missing men, between 24th and 27th February 1917 Sergeant James Dedman, another Ewhurst soldier, was wounded and taken prisoner. He died of his wounds on 28th August 1917 whilst in captivity in Germany and now lies in Niederzwehren Cemetery, Kassel, Hessen, Germany (grave ref VI.M.14). It is possible, therefore, that Private Charles Tudor was also wounded and captured during this period, as after this the battalion moved north and prepared for a large scale action in which in took part on 3rd May 1917.

Charles was posthumously awarded The Victory Medal, and the British War Medal.  He is incorrectly referred to on the Ewhurst Memorials as being a member of the Dorsetshire Regiment.

 

 

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Notes:
(1) The Ewhurst Book of Remembrance notes Charles Tudor as having belonged to the Dorsetshire Regiment. The Soldiers Fallen in the Great War holds only a record of a Charles Henry Tudor of the 7th Queen's who was born in Plymouth, enlisted in Guildford and lived in Ewhurst. Hence the assumption that this is indeed the correct C H Tudor. There is no record in the medal cards of a Tudor having served with the Dorsetshire Reg.
(2) 1881 Census married to Emma Selina Tudor Died 1886.. Thomas re married in 1888, (Louisa Ann Stanbury) 1891 Census Address 5 Looe Lane. Plymouth
(3) Soldier's Personel Record
(4)WO161 and CWGC cemetery information.

 

Other sources:

  • Book of Remembrance

  • Soldiers Died in the Great War

  • History of the Queen's Royal (West Surrey) Regiment in the Great War, Col H C Wylly, C.B.
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey
andy@ewhurstfallen.co.uk
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