Charles Mansell Hood

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Dalston, Middlesex
Regiment: Middlesex
Battalion: 1/8th (T.F)
Rank / Service No: Lance Corporal, 240343
Died: 24th August 1918, aged 23 years
Buried: Douchy-les-Aylette British Cemetery, France (Plot I, Row A, Grave 2)



Charles was the elder of 2 brothers born to Arthur Lloyd and Alice Ida Hood (nee Dimmich), who married in Wimbledon on 20 December 1894.


Alice had been born in Lymington in 1871 and, unfortunately, she passed away in Southampton aged only 32 years.


Arthur married Lilian Rose Latham in Shirley in 1904 and the couple had one daughter, a half-sister for the two brothers.

Lilian was born in Brighton in 1883 and she passed away in Southampton in 1946.


Arthur was born in Hammersmith in 1872 and he died in Southampton in 1938.



Charles Mansell

William Arthur   b. 1898 Lymington   d. ??

Hannah Margaret   b. 1908 Southampton   d. 1973 Southampton   Married Thomas A. Furmage in Southampton in 1930.


Very sadly, Charles was married for no more than 3 months. He married Florence May Urquhart in the 2nd quarter of 1918, in Lymington, and the couple set up home in Southbourne near Bournemouth.


Florence had been born in 1894 and she passed away in either 1955 or 1977.



Charles started military life in the 7th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment but was transferred at his own request on 22 July 1916.

He had originally attested on 1 December 1911, stating that his age was 19 years !!


Whilst still in the Hampshire Regiment, Charles was poisoned by gas in France on 24 May 1915.


When Charles joined the 1/8th Middlesex, the Battalion was part of the 167th Brigade in the 56th Division.

He would have fought in many of the large battles in Flanders, including at the Scarpe and at Arras.


The village of Douchy-Les-Aylette was in German hands from October 1914 until 21 March 1917.


The British cemetery was begun by the Burial Officer of the 3rd Division in August 1918.

Certain graves in Plot I Rows A & B, identified collectively but not individually, are marked by headstones bearing the additional words “Buried near this spot.”


Over 700 WW1 casualties are commemorated on the site.


Charles’ headstone reads: “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 30th September 2016


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