The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Sgt C E Champion


Sergeant Charles Edward CHAMPION, L/10629, 8th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, (received in action the previous day), 28th October 1916, age 20.

Born 28th October 1896, Maidstone Barracks, Maidstone, Kent. Third Son of Henry William Champion (late Colour Serjeant) and Elizabeth, (daughter of George Bingham), of 18, Gladstone Road, Maidstone, Kent.

7th February 1897, Holy Trinity, Maidstone, Kent, baptism of Charles Edward Champion, son of Henry William & Elizabeth Champion.

Educated St Paul's School, Maidstone, Kent.

Brother to L/Sgt H W Champion & Pte G H Champion

1911 Census - 18, Gladstone Road, Maidstone, Kent - Henry Champion, head, age 61, married, railway porter, SE&C Railway, born Horsham, Sussex; Elizabeth Champion, wife, age 44, married 25 years, 8 children, all still alive, born West Farleigh, Kent; George Champion, son, age 24, single, Reservist, Royal West Kent Regiment, born Maidstone, Kent; Mary Champion, daughter, age 19, single, factory powder hand Foster Clark, born Maidstone, Kent; Julia Champion, daughter, age 17, single, laundry, born Maidstone, Kent; Charles Champion, son, age 14, hawker, born Maidstone, Kent; Florence Champion, daughter, age 10, school, born Maidstone, Kent; Ellen Champion, daughter, age 7, school, born Maidstone, Kent; Sidney Champion, son, age 3, at home, born Maidstone, Kent.

Enlisted  Maidstone, Kent, age 18 years & 2 months, height 5ft 5½ inches, weight 123lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes, light brown hair. Formerly blacksmiths mate. Employed on the SE&C Railway.

Home 8th January 1915 to 15th June 1916; BEF 16th June 1916 to 28th October 1916.

8th January 1915, enlisted; 9th January 1915, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 14th January 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th February 1915, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 27th May 1915, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 22nd November 1915, appointed Acting Corporal; 11th December 1915, promoted Corporal; 2nd January 1916, appointed paid lance Sergeant; 26th March 1916, appointed Acting Sergeant; 16th June 1916, posted BEF & 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th October 1916, wounded.

Commanding Officer Captain Wenyon wrote: "He was Platoon Sergeant in No.3.Platoon and had done some very useful work in my Company.

Buried at Philosophe British Cemetery, II. C. 7., Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France.

NOTE: Regimental History & Soldiers Died in the Great War show rank as Corporal; CWGC website shows rank as Serjeant.

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