Charles Henry Lebourn

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: Bitterne, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 3/3567
Died: 15th December 1914, aged 20 years
Buried: Lancashire Cottage Cemetery, Comines-Warneton, Hainault, Belgium (Plot I, Row B, Grave 20)


Charles was the sixth of 8 siblings born to James and Emma Lebourn (nee Duffin), who married in Bitterne in 1885.

The family were living at Maytree Road, Bitterne at the 1911 Census.


James was born in Hedge End in 1863 and he died in Southampton in 1950.


Emma was born in Horton Heath in 1862 and she passed away in the city in 1935.



Edward   b. 1884 Horton Heath   d. ??

Mary (“Gudgy”)   b. 1887 Horton Heath   d. ??

William J.   b. 1888 Hedge End   d. ??   Married Louisa J. Kearl in Southampton in 1911.

Frederick   b. 26 May 1890 Hedge End   d. 1962 Southampton Married in Bitterne in 1920.

Edith A.   b. 23 June 1893 Hedge End   d. 1952 Southampton   Married William R. Bailey in Bitterne in 1918

Charles Henry 

Rose   b. 4 February 1897 Bitterne   d. 1993 Bishop’s Waltham Married Percival C. Henning in Bitterne in 1914.

Alice Elizabeth   b. 1901 Bitterne   d. 2002 Southampton aged 101 years. Married John Holt in Southampton in 1954.


Charles married Hilda Janet Cardy in Southampton in 1912. Hilda was born on 22 March 1893 and she remarried after Charles’ demise….to William C. Russell in Bitterne in 1916.

The couple had 2 children.



The Hampshire 1st became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division prior to their departure for France in August 1914.


Charles died a week or so before the unofficial Christmas“truce” came into force. There were few battles during the winter of 1914, with both sides spending their days shoring up defensive trenches.


The truce may well have given comrades a chance to recover Charles’ body from where he fell on 15 December.


The Cemetery was begun by the 1st East Lancs and 1st Hampshire in November 1914. It was used as a front-line cemetery until March 1916.


It contains 256 Commonwealth WWI burials, of which 56 are from the Hampshire 1st battalion.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th November 2016


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