Corporal Christopher Attwood (10044)

5th Bn, The Kings Shropshire Light Infantry, 42nd Brigade, 14th Division, B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: Malvern Library,

Burial/Commemoration: Delville Wood

Nature of Death: Killed in action at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, France 15/9/16

Next of Kin: Brother of Mrs A Lockyer of Upper Howsell Post Office, Wilmot Road, Upper Howsell

Previous Employment: Regular Soldier

Cpl Christopher Attwood of Malvern Link

Christopher Attwood was born in Martley, and enlisted in the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry at Hereford before the War. His parents lived in Ross, but his sister, lived in Upper Howsell

The Malvern News reported: “Cpl Christopher Attwood, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (the brother of Mrs A L Lockyer of Upper Howsell Post Office) was killed on the 15th September 1916. A member of the Old Army he went to France at the outbreak of war and was wounded at Ypres in June 1915. Mrs Lockyer received a letter from one of her brother’s friends Sgt H Beeston – he wrote: “It is with great regret that I have to announce to you that your dear brother has been killed in action. It may be a consolation to know that his death was instantaneous. He was killed by a bullet whilst gallantly leading his platoon in a charge. Your loss is very much our loss, as I am very proud to say that Chriss [sic] was a very big chum of mine and as I come from Worcester and know Malvern very well, many’s the time that your brother and I have passed more than one solitary hour away talking of old haunts. It is needless to say how personally I feel his death as I had always found him a very staunch comrade, at all times one of the bravest soldiers. I apologise for having to open your letter to get your address: I hope you forgive me. I have distributed the cigarettes among his pals – they were many. I have written to his parents at Hereford, telling them the sad news, hoping they will take it well, also yourself.”

Around the same time that Cpl C Attwood was killed in action, Mrs Lockyer’s other brother, Pte Arthur Attwood, who before the war lived with her in Wilmot Road, was gassed for the second time. He had previously been gassed with the rest of the 1/8th Worcesters and after a period of convalescence in Rouen he went on to serve with the 1st Bn of the Worcestershire Regiment.

Sgt Harry Beeston was promoted to Acting Company-Sergeant-Major, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal but unfortunately died of wounds 10/4/17.

Wood, Major W de B The History of the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry 1914 - 1918 London 1925
Malvern News 7/10/16
Stevens Annual for 1914 Malvern 1914

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