Charles ROWLINSON
Rank: Private
Number: 12582
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 29 April 1918
Age: 22
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium

Charlie Rowlinson is believed to have lived all his life in Heaton Norris until he volunteered for the army in August or September 1914. Nothing is known of his private life. His mother lived at 45 Church Street and this was probably his family home.

On the day he died, Charles and his comrades were at Ouderdom, about 6 kilometres south west of the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper). In the early morning, the German artillery shelled the Cheshires' positions with several successful direct hits on the trenches, causing about 50 casualties. Charles was seriously wounded. He would have received attention from the Battalion's medical officer and would then have been evacuated from the trench to the Main Dressing Station a few kilometres behind the front line. This was probably at Lijssenthoek. This was not a full "field hospital" and would have been expected to do little more than to dress his wounds. It is likely that he was already dead when he arrived there or died very soon afterwards.

Another local man, Arthur Oldham, had been killed outright by the shelling.

   
           
   
     
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