Rank: Private
Number: 21496
Unit: D Company, 22nd Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 1 July 1916
Age: 27
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Almost nothing is known of Charles' early life. The War Graves Commission notes that he was the son of Mrs Mary Elizabeth Scholes, 23 Oak Avenue, Cheadle Hulme. It is not known when she moved to this address it is possible that her connection with the area dates to after the War. An examination of the 1901 Census suggests that the family may have then been living at 12 Maurice Street, Salford. A Mrs Mary E Scholes was living there with her daughter, Sarah, and 13 year old son, Charles. This boy would, of course, be the right age to be the future soldier and, if so, he was then working as a errand boy at a cotton spinning mill. Although Mary is recorded as being married, there is no mention of Mr Scholes and his name is not known.

Charles enlisted into the army in the autumn of 1914, joining the seventh of the "Pals Battalions" being formed by the Manchester Regiment. Some details of their recruitment and training can be be found here. By November 1915, their training was over and Charles and his comrades left for France. He was killed a few months later on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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