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Forename(s): Christopher

Place of Birth: Clapham, Yorkshire

Service No: 20410

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 3rd Division

Age: 16

Date of Death: 1916-03-02

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 12.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CLAPHAM, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Christopher Constantine was the son of Christopher and Alice Constantine, née Jackson and brother of L/Corporal Arnold (12923) (q.v.) and Corporal Tom Constantine (266961) (q.v.). Their father was born at Threshfield and mother at Austwick, Yorkshire.

Christopher was raised by his uncle and aunt, Alfred and Alice Constantine, née Poole. Alfred was born at Threshfield, Yorkshire and Alice at Sunderland, Co. Durham.

1901 Clapham, Yorkshire Census: Christopher Constantine, aged 1 year, born Clapham, nephew of Alfred and Alice Constantine.

1911 Barrowford, Lancashire Census: 17, Joseph Street - Christopher Constantine, aged 11 years, born Clapham, Yorkshire, nephew of Alfred and Alice Constantine.

The British Army Service Record for Christopher Constantine exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Christopher Constantine, 20410, R. Lanc. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 11.12.15. K. in A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Christopher Constantine, 20410, 8 R. Lanc. R. K. in A. 2.3.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Christopher Constantine, 20410, 8th Bn Royal Lancaster Regt. Date and Place of Death: 2.3.16. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Aunt and Sole Legatee - Alice. £3 10s. 7d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Christopher. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Alice Constantine. Relationship to soldier: Aunt. Address: 7, Grey Street, Barrowford, Nr Nelson.

Christopher is commemorated on the Barrowford War Memorial.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


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


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 3rd Division

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Forename(s): Christopher

Born: Clapham, Yorks


Enlisted: Nelson

Number: 20410

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 02/03/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records


Forename(s): Christopher

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 20410

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 16


Died Date: 02/03/1916

Additional Information: Nephew of Alice Constantine, of 7, Grey St., Barrowford, Nelson.



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Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

15 June 1917


On Sunday afternoon a memorial service was held in St. James’ Church for local soldiers who have fallen in battle. A large congregation assembled, amongst whom were relatives of the heroes and many were visibly affected by the solemnity of the occasion. A special form of service was used including the lesson from 1. Cor. xv. 20 – ‘Now is Christ risen from the dead,’ and Psalm 39 was chanted by the choir. Mr. Goddard Barker, A.R.C.O., gave as voluntaries ‘Marche Funebre’ (Beethoven), ‘But the Lord is mindful of His own’ (Mendelssohn), and ‘Marche Funebre’ (Chopin), and Miss A. Harrison feeling[ly] sang ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ (Carey). The hymns were ‘Jesu, Lover of my soul’ and ‘Lead, Kindly Light.’ Canon Rawdon Briggs preached a touching sermon from 1. Philippians, 23rd verse – ‘To depart and to be with Christ, which is far better,’ and in the course of his remarks said that was an occasion when the people were met to commemorate the sacredness of those dear ones who had fallen in battle. Their words and thoughts were with those who are asleep in the future beyond. There is no death, as the term is only a step into a larger and fuller life beyond. Life is one stage, a kindergarten or preparatory school and the Church states there is no death only a gateway, a closing of the eyes here and opening them there. Those near and dear heroes are moved on to another state. Their lives have not been wasted but developed to higher ones. They should be remembered in people’s prayers, for they are serving on the other side of the grave. In conclusion Canon Briggs quoted the verse:–

He is not dead the child of your affection,
But gone into another school;
Where he no longer needs your protection,
For Christ Himself doth rule.

08 November 1918

CLAPHAM – A FAMILY’S SACRIFICE: Three Sons in One Family

Much sympathy has been extended to Mr. and Mrs. Chris. Constantine in that they have lost three sons who have made the supreme sacrifice. Word came to hand on Friday morning that their eldest son, Corporal Tom Constantine, had been killed on the Western Front. Corporal Constantine was awarded the Military Medal for devotion to duty on the 19th of September 1917. Another son, Private Arnold Constantine, was killed on April 25th 1917, and previous to that Pte. Chris. Constantine, on August 15th 1915, laid down his life for his country, and Private Arthur Constantine was wounded, and has now been discharged. An uncle, Private Fred Constantine, is now a prisoner of war in Germany.

Regarding Corporal Constantine, Second-Lieut. W. Starkey writes:– “I am writing to offer you my deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement in the loss of your son, Corporal Constantine, M.M. He was one of our best N.C.O.s, and his death came as a shock to all of us in his platoon. We were waiting to go over when your son was hit by a piece of shell and he died instantly. I know this will be a hard blow to you and trust that God will help you to bear your great sorrow and comfort you in your time of need.


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