Charles Henry Rawe

Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Not known
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Battalion: Special Reserve (attached to 309th Siege Battery, RGA)
Died: 24th April 1918 aged 31 years
Death location: Amiens, France

 

Life before the War
Charles was one of 2 siblings born to Joseph Evans Rawe and Ellen, nee Evans.  It must be assumed that the other sibling died young, because there is no record.  Joseph was born in Southampton in 1859, Ellen in Corfe in 1842.  They married in Southampton in 1880.

For whatever reason the family don’t appear to have had their own home in Southampton. The family is living with Ellen’s parents at 5 Fanshawe Street at the 1891 census and, by the 1901 version, it is just Ellen and Charles living with them.

There is no record of Joseph’s death and Ellen is living alone in Streatham at the 1911 census and aged 69 years.

Charles is a Solicitor’s Clerk at the time he marries May Walter in Southampton in 1909.  She was born in Kilburn in 1884 and died in Sutton in 1966.  After marrying the couple are shown as living at 10 Wilton Avenue, but had moved to 31 Arragon Gardens, Streatham at the 1911 census.

 

War Service
The 309th (H.A.C) Siege Battery of the Royal Garrison Artillery was made up entirely of volunteers.  It was attached to the 88th Heavy Artillery Group that landed in Le Havre on 27 April 1917.  The 309th had a full complement of 137 officers and men.

The Group was sent to Ypres straight away and fought in various actions, before transferring to an area near Amiens in France.  They spent the rest of the war here, accumulating many casualties in that period.  Charles died during one of the many skirmishes near Amiens.

He is buried in section C7 of the Bonnay Communal Cemetery Extension in France.  There were 106 Commonwealth burials in this cemetery, all whom died between April 1st and August 24th 1918.   Charles headstone reads:

Not sad, but beautiful his memory “

CH Rawe Headstone

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 16th April 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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