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Charles Lane Bagnall (1884-1974)

Officer from Sunderland served with 9th DLI awarded DSO

Charles Lane Bagnall, the son of Thomas William and Emily Florence Bagnall, was born in Winlaton, Gateshead on 14 July 1884. He had two brothers, one of whom was a twin. His father was a forgemaster and owner of an ironworks and when he died in 1907, Charles took over the business. He married Lottie May Taylor in Devon in 1910 and they had three children. A few years later he joined the 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (DLI) and by 1914 had been promoted to captain.

He landed in France on 17 April 1915 and, a year later, won the Military Cross. On 15 March 1917 he was promoted to acting major whilst commanding a Divisional Signal Company and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918 when attached to the 50th Division Signal Company, Royal Engineers. He was transferred from the Royal Engineers to the 50th Northumbrian Division in January 1921 and was appointed temporary major in April.

In 1927 Charles founded the Cigarette Card Company which dealt in cigarette cards and published catalogues on them. Later his daughter, Dorothy, joined him in the business and took over when her father died.

Civil Parish: Ford

Birth date: 14-Jul-1884

Death date: 24-Apr-1974

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Newstead House, Grange Road, Stranton, West Hartlepool (1891 Census)
28 Edwards Road, Whitley, Northumberland (1901 Census)
Ford Lodge, South Hylton, Sunderland (1911 Census)

Employment: Forgemaster and Engineer (1911 Census)

Family: Father: Thomas William Bagnall
Mother: Emily Florence Bagnall (nee Lane)
Siblings: Richard Siddoway, William Angus Bagnall
Wife: Lottie May Bagnall (nee Taylor)
Children: Charles Thomas Mitford Bagnall, Dorothy Bagnall, Richard Siddoway K Bagnall

Military service:

9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry attached to 50th Divisional Signal Company, Royal Engineers
50th Northumbrian Division

Medal(s): Mentioned in despatches (London Gazette, 21 May 1918)
Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette, 1 Jan 1919)
Military Cross (London Gazette, 3 June 1916)
1914-1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): Gateshead War Honours Scrapbook

Gender: Male

Contributed by John Edwards

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