Private Charles Waite (2713)

'C' Coy, 1/8th Bn, The Worcestershire Regiment, 144th Brigade, 48th Division, T.F. B.E.F.

Malvern Commemoration: Holy Trinity North Malvern,

Burial/Commemoration: Daours Communal Cemy Extension

Nature of Death: Died of gas poisoning France and Flanders 20/7/1916

Age: 30

Next of Kin: Second son of Frederick and Louisa Waite of Grimsby Place, Cowleigh Road

Previous Employment: Messrs W. & B. Woodyatt

Cap badge of the Worcestershire Regiment

On the 29th July 1917 the Malvern News reported: “Frederick and Louisa J Waite, of Grimsby Place, Cowleigh Road, received a telegram in mid-July 1916 stating that their son, Pte Charles Waite, Worcestershire Regiment was lying seriously ill in hospital suffering from gas poisoning. This was followed up on Thursday, 26th July by notification from Warwick Infantry Record Office of his death on the 20th July.

“Charles Waite joined the Malvern Chums Coy shortly after the outbreak of war and has been at the front since March 1915, with a short leave in January 1916 which he spent with his parents. The deceased, who would have been 31 on the 18th August 1916, was at the time of joining employed at Messrs W & B Woodyatt and was previously with Messrs Bray & Co, The Promenade for six years. A pleasant and courteous man, Pte Waite was well liked by his employers and all who knew him and much sympathy has been extended to his family.

“Mr and Mrs Waite have two other sons in the forces – Ernest and William are both in the RFA, the first at the front and the second in training in England.”

Malvern News 29/7/16

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