Charles Emery SEXTON
Rank: Private
Number: 47654
Date of Death: 26 July 1918
Age: 19
Cemetery: Gonnehem British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

In 1901, when a national census was taken, 38 year old Edward Sexton ran a greengrocery business and lived at 112 Lowfield Road, Adswood. He was married to Fanny and they had three children - Henry (then 13), Ethel (4) and Charles (2). Nothing else is known of the family except that, after the War, Edward and Fanny were living at 9 St Matthew's Street, Stockport.

Charles will have been conscripted into the army when he became 18 and will have gone overseas after several weeks training.

The Regimental History records that "another daring and successful exploit was carried out on 26th July by 2nd Lieutenant C Dunleux who, knowing that prisoners were urgently required for identification took four men out in broad daylight, stalked an enemy post and brought back two Germans. He was awarded the Military Cross." Although there is no mention of casualties, it is reasonable to speculate the Germans may well have shelled the British positions in retaliation for this raid. Charles was the only member of his Battalion to be killed that day.

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