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Charles Morton (1895-1918)

Gunner, Royal Field Artillery, moved from Sheffield to South Moor

Charles Morton was born in Sheffield in about 1895, the eldest of eight children, to Joseph and Theresa Morton. The family moved to County Durham between 1901 and 1904. Initially working as a steelworker, Joseph, along with his son Charles were both working below ground at a mine on the 1911 census.

Charles joined the Royal Field Artillery, going abroad after 1915. He was serving with the 251st Brigade, RFA, when he was injured. Charles died of wounds on 8 May 1918, and is buried at Beaurepaire French National Cemetery, Pontavert.

Civil Parish: South Moor

Birth date: 1895

Death date: 8-May-1918

Armed force/civilian: Army

Residence: Sheffield, South Yorkshire (1901 Census)
New Kyo, County Durham (1911 Census)
South Moor, County Durham (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Employment: Pony driver (below ground)

Family: Parents: Joseph and Theresa Morton
Siblings: Albert; Mabel; Alice; Joseph; Victor; John; Teresa

Military service:

251st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Medal(s): British War Medal
Victory Medal

Memorial(s): From North East War Memorials Project:
South Moor Memorial Park
South Moor Wesleyan Methodist
South Moor St George

Gender: Male

Contributed by M. Morton | Durham County Record Office

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