Our People - Charles Naylor
Sergeant Charles Naylor
Image courtesy of Jim Rawcliffe
Charles Naylor on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Image (C) Charles O'Donnell, 2016
James Louis Naylor & Sarah Agnes Naylor's shop at 219-221 Station Road, Bamber Bridge as it is today - still a pharmacy
Image courtesy Google Street View.
305704 Sergeant Charles Naylor
1/8th (Irish) Battalion, King's (Liverpool Regiment) - 165th Brigade, 55th (West Lancashire) Division, previously attached Royal Engineers
Died of wounds 31 July 1917, aged 24
Charles's body was not recovered for burial. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Ref: Panel 4 and 6
Bamber Bridge - Brownedge St. Mary's R.C. War Memorial
Lostock Hall - South Ribble Civic WW1 Memorial
Preston - Catholic College Memorial
1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
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Charles Naylor was born sometime in 1893 to James Louis Naylor and Sarah Agnes Naylor (nee Dandy). James Louis was a chemist and druggist. They lived over the shop at 219-221 Station Road in Bamber Bridge. The premises are still used as a pharmacy by the Boots chain to this day. Before joining up, Charles was working as a rating surveyors clerk.
Charles joined up in September 1914. He was promoted Lance Corporal in November and then to Corporal on 17 March 1915. He landed in France with his regiment on 3 May 1915 and was in action at Festubert 14 June 1915 where the battalion suffered heavily. The Company Captain was killed and Charles was promoted to Sergeant in the field at Festubert. In April 1916 he was recommended for a commision and was at Cadet Training School in August and September, before he was recalled because so many N.C.O.'s had been killed. From January to March 1917 he was attached to a company of Royal Engineers then recalled to his battalion for the Third Battle of Ypres. He was killed on the first day. An extract from the 55th Division history follows.
His commission and death were reported in the local press:
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Published 27 September 2016
UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / Commonwealth War Graves Commission / Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 via Ancestry.co.uk / 1911 Census of England via Ancestry.co.uk / Papers and cuttings courtesy of Jim Rawcliffe / Preston Catholic College Memorial page by John Garlington (linked above)