Charles COLMAN
Rank: Private
Number: 87922
Unit: “A” Company, 13th Battalion King’s (Liverpool) Regiment
Date of Death: 13 October 1917
Age: 19
Cemetery: Favreuil British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

Charles, senior (a railway labourer) had married Eliza Thorpe at St Mary's Church, Cheadle, in the spring of 1892. By 1901, they were living at 64 Bury Street in the Lancashire Hill area of Stockport, with their 5 children - Maud (then 8), John (6), William (5), Charles (2) and Frank (9 months). 

Before he enlisted into the army, Charles worked at the Atlas wire rope works of Frederick Scott on Reddish Road, Reddish. This will have been around the spring of 1917. Around the same time, the family will have received news that William had been killed in action on 7 June.

After training, Charles went overseas to France. His war would last just 25 days before he was killed. It has not been possible to establish the full circumstances of Charles' death and it is probable that he was attached to another unit at the time he was killed. The reason for this is that he is buried over 100 kilometres away from where his Battalion was operating. On 10 October, the 13th King's went into the trenches near the Belgian village of Vlamertinghe. The unit's war diary for the following days records only that the "usual patrols and working and carrying parties provided". These fatigue parties would not be working 100 kilometres away.

Favreuil is a village near the French town of Bapaume, over an hours drive from Vlamertinghe on today's modern roads. Newspaper reports of Charles' death indicate he was killed by a shell from an enemy trench mortar.

When the news of Charles' death came, the family was living at 20 Clarendon Street, but later moved to 66 Bury Street.

The Colman brothers are remembered on the Stockport War Memorial. Charles's name is also known to be on the Roll of Honour at All Saints Church, Heaton Norris.

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