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Forename(s): Charlie

Place of Birth: Silsden, Yorkshire

Service No: 26989

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 6th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-03-21

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 4.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SILSDEN, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Charlie Blaythorne was the son of William Fortune and Mary Ann Blaythorne, née Nixon. Both parents were born at Silsden, Yorkshire.

1891 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 70, Aireview - Charley Blaythorn, aged 6 months, born Silsden, son of William Fortune and Mary Ann Blaythorn.

1901 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 44, Aireview - Charlie Blaythorne, aged 10 years, born Silsden, son of William F. and Mary Ann Blaythorne.

1911 Silsden, Yorkshire Census: 44, Aire View - Charlie Blaythorne, aged 20 years, born Silsden, son of William Blaythorne, widower.

Charlie was married to Mary Hudson in 1916.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Charles Blaythorne, 26989, W. York. R. Pres. Dead 21.3.18.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Charles Blaythorne, 26989, 21st W. York. R.; 1st W. York. R. Presumed Dead 21.3.18.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Charles Blaythorne, 26989, 1/Bn W. Yorks. Date and Place of Death: 21.3.18 on or since. Death pres. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Mary. £12 19s. 6d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Charles. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Mary, born 4.12.84. Address: 8, East View, Silsden, Nr Keighley.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

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Forename(s): Charles



Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 26989

Rank: Private

Regiment: Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 1st Battalion


Died Date: 21/03/18

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Forename(s): Charles

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 26989

Rank: Private

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)

Unit: 1st Bn.



Died Date: 21/03/1918

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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

21 July 1916


Another interesting batch of letters has recently been received by Mrs. Charles Sugden, of Bolton Road, Silsden, from Silsden soldiers and sailors, in acknowledgement of parcels which have been sent to them from 'The Inhabitants of Silsden.' Extracts from some of the letters are appended:-

Charlie Blaythorne, of the West Yorkshire Pioneers, writing from France, says:-"Permit me to offer my sincere thanks for the parcel I received from you a few days ago. It was quite unexpected, and coming as it did from my native town, the contents were greatly enjoyed, both by myself and the comrades with whom I shared it. Since arriving in this country I have had my eyes opened to the grim reality of modern warfare. We are right in the midst of it, and have plenty of hard work to do. All our work is done at night and we have to be most careful to avoid accidents. Needless to say we are always jolly glad when we are on the way to camp at daybreak. You will excuse this letter being devoid of such news as you would expect from these parts, but for obviously good reasons we are not permitted to mention anything of a military nature. I am eagerly looking forward to the day when the struggle is over, and we all return home once more. In the meantime we do not want people at home to get downhearted."


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