Charles James Simmonds

Born: 1883, 10th January. Baptised Godalming 21st March 1883.

Place of Birth: Godalming, Surrey.

Died: 21st March 1918 in France whilst serving with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Parents: Charles and Sarah Agnes Simmonds, nee Barber.



Occupation: House painter in 1911 Census.

Notes: In the 1891 and 1901 Census, Charles was living with his parents in Godalming. In the 1911 Census he was living with his brother-in-law Harry Ernest Mouette (husband of his sister Elizabeth Rose) and family in West Croydon. Ernest was a paper hanger so perhaps they worked together.

During WW1, Charles joined the Royal Army Service Corps, Service Number 367708. He was later transferred to the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, Service Number 42400 and was killed on 21st March 1918, somewhere in the Somme region of France. This was during a German offensive that pushed the Allies back several miles across the former Somme battlefields. It would appear his remains were not recovered, since he is commemorated on a memorial panel at the Pozieres British Cemetery. Photographs taken on 12th November 2018, by Richard Simmonds 1966.

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