Charles William Groves

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Battalion: 311th, “B” Battery
Rank / Service No: Gunner, 172354
Died: 26th September 1918, aged 24 years
Buried: Fillievres British Cemetery, France (A.24)


Charles was the younger of 2 siblings born to William and Phoebe Emma Aplin Groves (nee White), who married in Seaton, Devon on 24 July 1889.


This is an interesting family, if only because of William’s profession.

He was born in Portland in 1868 and soon became a policeman. By the time the family had settled in Southampton, William had become a Police Inspector.

At the 1901 Census, the family actually lived in Portswood Police Station. At the 1911 Census, the family were residing at St. Mary’s Police Station !!


William died in Seaton in 1921, the couple having moved back there from Southampton.

Phoebe was born in Seaton in 1868 and was living there when she passed away in Bournemouth on 5 October 1923.


She left a mere £126 2s 6d in her will, all of it to her daughter.


Charles had a sister…….


Minnie Violet   b. 23 April 1890 Southampton   d. 1940 Salisbury   Married Reginald Perkins in Salisbury in 1923.



The 311th Brigade was formed in February 1915, part of the 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division until January 1917, when it became an Army brigade.

There is the possibility that the brigade was attached to the 2nd Coldstream Guards, and were stationed near Hamelincourt on the front line.


Charles may well have been wounded during an attack on “Bank’s Trench” on 25 August 1918.


He was then transferred to hospital at Fillievres.


Interestingly, a member of the 2nd Coldstream Guard is buried in plot A.21 in the cemetery.


The Cemetery was begun in June 1918 by the 46th Casualty Clearing Station, used later by the 6th Stationary Hospital and subsequently completed by the inclusion of graves from French cemeteries and German burial grounds in the area.

The cemetery now contains 81 Commonwealth WW1 burials.


Charles’ headstone reads: “Requiescat in pace” (rest in peace).



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 5th August 2016


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