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Name Charles William Claret
Date/Place of Birth 20 Jul 1896 / 32 Albany St, Marylebone, Middx
Parents' Names Alfred James Claret; Elizabeth (nee Pratt)
Father's Occupation/Location Engineer/Plumber; Albany Street
Father's Death/Incapacity Mother's death - skull fractured by husband
Admitted to AO 17 Feb 1899 (Aged 2)
Admission No 5337
Left OWS&AO 30 June 1911 (Aged 14)
Occupation/Residence Salesman
Enlistment Location London
Service/Rank/Number Army; Private; G/111
Battalion/Regiment "A" Coy, 11th Battalion, Duke of Cambridge's Own
Killed/Death 4 Oct 1915 (Aged 19)
Country/Memorial/Cemetry France; Lillers Communal Cemetery
Memorial Reference IV.C.8
Campaign Medals 1914/15 Star; Victory Medal; British War Medal
Charles William was born to Alfred and Elizabeth Claret on 20 July 1896 in Marylebone, London. Charles was admitted to the Alexandra Orphanage at the age of two, following the sudden death of his mother. He left the Orphan Working School and Alexandra Orphanage on 30 June 1911, aged 14, and became a salesman. Within two months of the start of the First World War and three weeks after his eighteenth birthday, Charles volunteered to join the Army. On 12 August 1914 he enlisted in the newly formed 11th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment at Mill Hill in London. The Battalion was mobilised for action and landed at Boulogne in June 1915. On 4 October 1915, Private Claret died of wounds received at the Battle of Loos, in the Pas-de-Calais area of North Western France; he was nineteen years old. Private Claret is buried in Lillers Communal Cemetery near Bethune, among nearly 900 other Commonwealth casualties. [Note - Named William Charles in OWS Admission Register, but Charles William in all other available reference sources, including ‘Charles Claret’ in the OWS census return for 1911]
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