Thursday, 6 April 2017

Charles Frederick Barham 1886 - 1917

Charles Frederick Barham Barnsley Independent 28th April 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born: 1886

Military Service:
Regiment and Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment 8th Battalion
Service number and Rank: 31258 Private
Awards: The British War Medal and the Victory Medal

Death: 9th April 1917 age 31
Buried at : Cemetery Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport) Farm
Grave Reference: VII. L.18.

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Charles Frederick was the son of Charles Robert and Elizabeth Barham and the husband of Eva Mary Barham of 8 Minden Street, Irlams-O'-th'-Height, Manchester.

St Marys Church Barnsley Combined War Memorial
Barnsley Co-operative Funeral Care Memorial Tablet and the Barnsley Co-operative Funeral Care Roll of Honour 

Links & Notes:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War

From the Barnsley Chronicle 28th April 1917  with thanks to Barnsley Archives

The death in action on April 9th of Private Chas. F. Barham, aged 31 years is deeply deplored by his many friends in Barnsley and Ardsley.  He was the eldest son of Mr. C. R. Barham and before enlisting last year in the Y and L he had for nine years been engaged on the clerical staff of the Barnsley Co-operative Society's grocery distributing depot.  His wife was a daughter of Mr. J. H. Bagshaw of Stairfoot, the newly-appointed chairman of the Ardsley Urban District Council, and they resided at 64 Gawber Road, Barnsley.  Mrs. Barham has been the recipient of many tokens of condolence in her sad bereavement.  Captain and Adjutant H. Hind wrote " Dear Mrs. Barham - it is my painful duty to have to inform you of the death of your husband who was killed in action on 9th April, during an intense bombardment.  Death was caused by shellfire and was instantaneous  It may be some comfort  for you to know that the body was afforded a decent burial.  Sympathy, I know, will not alleviate your grief but I venture to offer it as a friend, having been in close touch with your husband as his Platoon Commander.  He was a splendid soldier and stuck to his post displaying the greatest courage and coolness despite the almost super human nerve strain I again, offer my sincerest condolences.

Barnsley Chronicle 28th April 1917 with thanks to Barnsley Archives

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