Charles Louis Mitchener

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 2636
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Australian Army
Battalion: 4th Division Heavy and Medium Trench Mortar Battery Field Artillery
Died: 3rd May 1917 aged 19 years
Death location: The Somme, France

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Life Before the War
Charles’ father, Frederick Harry aka Harry, was born in Brighton, Sussex on 13th September 1865 and died in Worthing District, Sussex in 1938. Charles’ mother Caroline Jane, was born in St. Pancras, London on 8th February 1866, dying on 16th November 1919.  Harry and Caroline Jane Larman married on 4th April 1887 in Essex.

Charles’s 7 siblings – 3 sisters and 4 brothers -were:

Horace Harry Cook   Born 26th August 1888 Islington.  Baptised 24th February 1889 St. Mary’s Islington.  Died 7th March 1977 Southampton. He married Lillian Kate Spencer Hitchen in 1914.

Dorothy Emile Jane   Born 1890 Islington.

Ronald John Larman   Born 6th April 1892.  Baptised 26th June 1892 Islington.  Died 16th May 1906.

Eric Joseph   Born 4th August 1894.  Baptised 14th October 1894 Southwark.  Died 12th January 1918 (war Casualty).

Caroline Elsie   Born 18th July 1897 Lindfield, Sussex and died 26th October 1982.  She married Jack Norman Victor Oxford.

Hilda Irene   Born 18th June 1903 Southampton and died 23rd December 1969.  She married in 1932.

Reginald Edward   Born 24th June 1906 and died 1973.

Between the births of Caroline and Charles the family had moved to Southampton, living in English Road, Shirley, Southampton. The baptisms of his children showed that Harry was a Sanitary Inspector, but by the time the 1901 census was taken he had his own business as a Builder.

The 1911 census shows that Caroline was the head of the family (her husband is not on the census) and she was employed by the London and South West Railway Company as a Stewardess.  Horace was working for a firm of Solicitors as a Law Clerk and Elsie was employed by a Drapers Business as an Apprentice Milliner.  Both Charles and Hilda were attending a Private School.

 

War Service

Charles Mitchner

Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France

Australian War Memorial
Service Number:
2636
Rank: Gunner
Unit: 4th Division Heavy and Medium Trench Mortar Battery Field Artillery
Service: Australian Army
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Date of death: 3 May 1917
Place of death: France
Age at death: 19
Place of association: Adelaide South Australia, Australia
Cemetery or memorial details: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

We are not able to trace the records for Charles’ emigration to Australia, we only have records for his service which verify his enlistment with the Australian forces.  Nor are we able to verify the circumstances of Charles’ death, only that he is Remembered with Honour on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.  As Charles attended King Edward’s School,  Hill Lane, Southampton, he is remembered on their War Memorial.

 

Brother Horace’s War Service
Horace enlisted when he was 19 years old on 20th November 1907, joining the Hampshire Royal Garrison Artillery.  He gave his address as 79, Manor Road, Pear Tree, Southampton.  His civilian occupation was a Clerk for Messrs. Moberly & Wharton.

 

Brother Eric’s War Service
Eric served with the Royal Navy aboard HMS Opal as a Leading Signaller.  The vessel was wrecked and therefore sunk in a snowstorm off the Orkneys.  Please select the link to Eric’s name to read his story.

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 10th September 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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