Charles Benjamin Larbey

Rank Gunner
Service No 59208
Date of Death 22/03/1918
Age 27
Regiment/Service Royal Field Artillery, "B" Battalion 77th Brigade.
Memorial Pozieres Memorial. This is located 6 kms north-east of the town of Albert, France. It commemorates more than 14,000 UK and 300 South African troops who have no known grave and died in the region from 21st March 1918, the start of the German Spring offensive, and 7th August, which marked the Allied advance to victory.

Charles was born on 7th November 1890 in Holloway, north London, and baptised on 1st February 1891 at St Stephen’s, Islington with his brother Frederick (b.1886). His father William, a baker, and mother Elizabeth (nee Norris) had three other sons; Leonard (b.1882), Ernest (b.1883) and William (b.1885). In 1901, all four of Charles’ brothers worked as grocers.

Sometime between 1901 and 1911,the family moved to Finchley as they are listed as living at Attrill Cottage, Balfour Terrace, Squires Lane in the 1911 Census. century, though only Charles and Frederick remained at home in 1911, Charles working as a Nurseryman.

Charles enlisted on 5th January 1915, giving his address as 5A Balfour Terrace, Squires Lane and his occupation as 'gardener'. At the time of his death, his parents were recorded as living at 214A Squires Lane.

It should be noted that the family's surname changes its spelling from Larbey to Larby from Census to Census and Certificate to Certificate.