Charlie Wrench is one of four brothers who served in the army. Arthur and Fred are also remembered on the Cheadle War Memorial.
Their parents, William and Harriet, were living at 4 Holmes Street, Cheadle when the census was taken in 1901. John, then 18, was the eldest child and had three other siblings (George, Harriet and William) as well as the two youngest children, Arthur and Fred.
In 1902, Charlie married Mary Ellen Carroll at St Mary's Church, Cheadle. They are believed to have lived at 21 Andrew Street, Cheadle and would have three children together. He is understood to have as worked as a gardener for Mr Sykes, of Schools Hill, who owned the large bleachworks near what is Councillor Lane. He had also been the bowling green attendant at the George & Dragon Hotel, Cheadle. At the time he joined the army, he was working as a gardener in Heaton Moor.
He enlisted in Stockport, reportedly on 9 December 1916. Early in his military service he was wounded and was treated in hospital at Stockport before returning to active service.
He was again wounded in action, being shot in the hand and was receiving treatment at a military hospital when he died. The cemetery where he is buried is near to the hospital's location. It is not possible to establish when Charlie received his wounds. They were, however, comparatively minor and, in the days before antibiotics, Charlie died from septic poisoning.
Charlie's mother, Harriet, is known to have attended the unveiling of the Cheadle War Memorial. She was one of two mothers from Cheadle who lost three sons in the War. Mrs Lee's lads are also commemorated on the Memorial.