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Charles HORNER

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Surname: HORNER

Forename(s): Charles

Place of Birth: Halton Gill, Yorkshire

Service No: 266239

Rank: Corporal

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 23

Date of Death: 1918-04-29

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VI. D. 5.

CWGC Cemetery: LA CLYTTE MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: BURNSALL, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Charles Horner was the son of Anthony and Agnes Ada Horner, née Hughes. Anthony was born at Hawkswick, Yorkshire and Agnes at Corwen, Merionethshire, Wales, the daughter of William and Rebecca Hughes. Anthony and Agnes were married at Corwen on the 24 May 1892. In 1891 Agnes, a school mistress, was lodging with George and Dorothy Easterby at Halton Gill; their son, Private John Easterby (49718) (q.v.), was killed in the Great War.

1901 Halton Gill, Yorkshire Census: Charles Horner, aged 6 years, born Halton Gill. [Charles and his brother William were living with their grandmother, Recaba [sic] Hughs [sic], widow.]

1911 Manchester, Lancashire Census: 43, Premier Street, Brook's Bar - Charles Horner, aged 17 years, born Halton Gill, Yorkshire, son of Agnes Ada Horner, widow.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Cpl Charles Horner, 266239, W. Rid. R.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Cpl Charles Horner, 266239, 1/6 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 29.4.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Cpl Charles Horner, 266239, 1/6th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 29.4.18. France.To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Agnes A. £5 5s. 10d. Self. Mother - Agnes A. £5 5s. 10d. At Brother William's request. Brother - Arthur. £5 5s. 10d. War Gratuity: Mother - Agnes. £16 10s 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Charles.

A short biography of Charles is included in: ‘Swaledale & Wharfedale Remembered - Aspects of Dales’ life through peace and war’ by Keith Taylor (2006).

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Corporal Charles HORNER

Corporal Charles HORNER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: HORNER

Forename(s): Charles

Born:

Residence: Morecambe, Lancs

Enlisted: Appletreewick, Yorks

Number: 266239

Rank: Cpl

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 29/04/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: HORNER

Forename(s): C

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 266239

Rank: Corporal

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 29/04/1918

Additional Information: Son of Agnes A. Horner, of 54, Park Rd., Morecambe, Lancs.

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1897

HORNER Anthony of “Halton Gill” Arncliffe Skipton Yorkshire farmer died 27 August 1897 Administration Wakefield 4 October to Agnes Ada Horner widow. Effects £1576 16s. 11d.

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Agnes Ada Horner, née Hughes, the mother of Corporal Charles Horner

Agnes Ada Horner, née Hughes, the mother of Corporal Charles Horner

All images are courtesy of Sheila Trethewey, née Thompson, the great-niece of Charles Horner

Agnes and her sons

Agnes and her sons

Left to right: Arthur, Charles and William

Private Charles Horner

Private Charles Horner

William Horner, the brother of Corporal Charles Horner

William Horner, the brother of Corporal Charles Horner

Private William Horner, the brother of Corporal Charles Horner

Private William Horner, the brother of Corporal Charles Horner

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

17 May 1918

Corporal Charles Horner, Halton Gill

We learn with regret that Corporal Charles Horner, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, son of the late Mr. Anthony Horner, of Halton Gill, and of Mrs. Horner, 54 Park Road, Morecambe, was killed in action on April 29th. Twenty-three years of age, he enlisted soon after the outbreak of war and had been three times wounded. Writing to the bereaved mother, Lieut. Harold Hopwood, of Skipton, says:–

“Your son was killed by a piece of shell last Monday and his death was instantaneous. All his effects were collected and will reach you in due course. I have known your son for a long time personally, seeing that I live in Skipton, and I took rather a greater interest in him than in most of the other fellows. Your son was always a true soldier, willing to do any duty, and, better still, cheerful when he was doing it. He was a boy of great promise and if he had lived his promotion with us would have been very rapid. All the boys of the platoon wish me to express their sympathy and all say that his loss is felt very keenly amongst them. We cannot understand why he should be taken away from us in his best years and full of promise, but can only say, as we have done about the many others we have lost – ‘Thy will be done.’”

Mrs. Horner has two other sons fighting in France – one with the Manchester Regiment, and the other, the youngest, with the Coldstream Guards.

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