CHARLES DOUGLAS CHERRY 1891–1970
Born 10th September 1891 in Carrington, Nottingham
Married 28th April 1917 to Edith May Walker in Sunderland
Daughters Kathleen born 1918 and Marjory 1919
Died 1970, age 79, in Newcastle upon Tyne District
Age 9 living with father James, a coachman, mother Elizabeth (née Alexander), his sister Lillian Gertrude 11 and brother Ralph Alexander 1 month on Loscoe Road, Carrington, Nottingham.
Age 20 living with parents James William a groom, mother Elizabeth Ann, sisters Lilian G, Gladys 5 and brother Ralph A at 48 Loscoe Road, Carrington. In a separate 1911 Census record he is also recorded as a Private in the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters stationed at Crownhill Barracks Plympton St Mary and Egg Buckland in Devon.
Military Service before 1914
Enlisted 19 January 1909 with Regimental Number 11060
Occupation: Grocers assistant
In 1911 he was a Private in the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters stationed at Crownhill Barracks Plympton St Mary and Egg Buckland in Devon. He then served in the 1st Notts. and Derby Regiment, Reg. no.11060, reaching the rank of Corporal by 1914. He was later promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2. At the outbreak of war, the Battalion was stationed in India. The men sailed for France almost immediately, disembarking in the U.K. on route.
Military Service 1914-1918
Rank: Company Sergeant Major (by end of war)
Service Number: 4961535 (by end of war), previously 11060
Military Unit: 1st Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters, 24th Brigade, 8th Division. He also served with the 2/5th Sherwood Foresters.
Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 4.11.14.
4.11.14: Disembarkation date and served in France until 18.3.1915
4.12.14 – 10.12.14: Frostbite to feet
11.3.15: Wounded at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle and did not return until 17.6.1918
22.10.18: Wounded again
Medals Awarded: 1914 Star, British War and Victory.
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register
Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent
In a letter home dated May 1915, Bertie Todd wrote that he was at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle with Charles Cherry:
Well, Walter, tell Gladys to have these forget-me-nots from a little garden behind the trenches … give my best respect to all inquiring friends at Radcliffe. I knew Cherry was wounded he got hit in the same battle that I was in. I don’t know whether Ada has forgot me tell her I am looking for a letter from her. Give my love to all at home.
From the 1939 Register
Address: 149 Holystone Crescent, Newcastle upon Tyne
Occupation: Theatre employee
Household: living with wife Edith born 1.5.1894
Reasons for inclusion on the Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Radcliffe on Trent address when on active service.