Driver Charles Robert Sutton (1366)

2nd South Midland Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, South Midland Division, T.F.

Malvern Commemoration: All Saints The Wyche,

Burial/Commemoration: Great Malvern Cemetery

Nature of Death: Died Carisbrooke Military Hospital, Isle of Wight 21/10/1914

Age: 27

Next of Kin: Son of Edward and Emily Sutton of 3 Goodrich Cottages, Wells Road, The Wyche

Education: Wyche National School

Previous Employment: At Warwick House, outfitters

Capbadge of the Royal Artillery

Not long after the beginning of the war, whilst at their battle station on the Isle of Wight Malvern’s Territorial Artillery suffered its first casualty. Driver Charles Sutton the son of Wyche butcher Edward Sutton died of illness at the Military Hospital Carisbrooke. Official sources record that he died on the 21st October, but the local newspaper, the Malvern News recorded it as Sunday the 19th.

Before being mobilised he was employed at Warwick House, Great Malvern. The body was brought on a gun carriage by 8 horses from Parkhurst to Cowes. The funeral took place at Malvern Cemetery on the afternoon of Wednesday 22nd October, Rev J Cathcart Davies of the Wyche officiating. The commanding officer of the brigade, Colonel R E Lyon was present along with Captain Thomson and a detachment of the Brigade – Sgt Mjr Garbutt was in charge of the firing party. Other mourners included members of the local Oddfellows Lodge, of which Sutton was a member naturally his family, in particular his mother, father, brothers James and Ernest and his sisters.

Malvern News 24/10/14

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