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Private Charles William Coleman (107172)

2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, 8th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division, C.E.F.(*)

Charles William Coleman of Malvern

Malvern Commemoration: Malvern Library

Burial/Commemoration: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

Nature of Death: Died of wounds near Ypres, Flanders 26/3/1916

Age: 20

Next of Kin: Son of the late Herbert and Sarah Anne Coleman of Eastnor

Previous Employment: Carpenter at Vernon, British Columbia

Edwin Herbert Coleman enlisted in the Canadian Mounted Rifles at Victoria, British Columbia on 8th December 1914.  Calling himself simply Herbert Coleman, he stated that he was born in Herefordshire on 2nd March 1895 and was the step-son of Mr Frank Fear of Vernon, British Colombia.  His brother Edwin Herbert Coleman [1] also joined the Canadian Mounted Rifles at the same time

He was a carpenter by trade and had left England for Canada in 1910 with his brother Charles and step-mother Sarah Fear.  Their stepfather Frank had already gone out to establish himself in the Dominion.

Charles embarked for France with the 2nd CMR on 22nd September 1915.  In February 1916, his next of kin was changed to his uncle, Mr F Coleman who lived at Eastnor, Chester Road, Branksome Park, Bournemouth following his step-father joining the 54th Canadian Infantry Battalion. 

Shortly after Charles received fatal wounds and died on 20th March 1916.  While his body was likely to have been buried in a marked grave at the time, it was not recovered after the war and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate at Ieper.

In his will he left all his property and effects to his half brother – Sydney Fear of 40 Gerald Street, Wrexham.  His medals were sent to him in 1921.

CEF Papers

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