Charles ADAMS
Rank: Private
Number: 31497
Date of Death: 20 January 1917
Age: 21
Cemetery: London Rifle Brigade Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium

Charles was the second son of Mr & Mrs A Adams, 162 Higher Hillgate, Stockport. Prior to serving with the South Lancashires, Charles had been a member of the Cheshire Yeomanry (a Territorial cavalry unit).

His service number suggests he did not go on active service until around the end of 1916. On 17 January 1917, the Battalion went into the front line near a position known as Despierre Farm (near Frelinghien, north east of the French town of Armentieres).

The Battalion War Diary entry for the day notes “Very cold – freezing hard – fine but dull. Enemy artillery very active during the day, firing intermittently from about 9am to about 4pm. During morning and early afternoon, Despierre Farm and its vicinity were shelled. Lancashire Support Farm shelled, one shell bursting on the RE dump at head of trench railway, killing one man, wounding 3 others.”

The Royal Engineers’ dump was some little way behind the front line and Charles was, perhaps, unlucky to be killed presumably when he and the others had just gone to collect some supplies.

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