Charles Frederick Waghorn

Rank Private
Service No 32777
Date of Death 16/6/1917
Age 27
Regiment/Service Lincolnshire Regiment 1st Battalion
Cemetery Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St Laurent-Blangy, a village adjoining the north-east side of Arras, in the Pas de Calais region of France. There are over 1,000 1914-18 casualties commemorated in this site, many from the last nine months of 1917.


Charles was born in 1890 in the Wandsworth area of south London. His parents were William Waghorn (1853-1892) and Ann Waghorn, nee Grossmith (1855-1935).

In the 1891 census, the family is listed as living at 83 Beaufoy Road, Battersea. His father was a general labourer. Charles (aged 11 months) is the youngest of five children. His siblings are Anne (aged 12), William (aged 9), Jesse (aged 7) and Beatrice (aged 2). Following the death of her husband, Ann married Jessie Pearce, who was 18 years her senior. At the time of the 1901 census, Jessie and Ann were living at 117 Broomsleigh Street, West Hampstead, with Beatrice (aged 12) and Charles (aged 10) and their own child John, known as Jack (aged 1). Jessie’s occupation is listed as ‘gardener’. Charles was a pupil at Netherwood Street School between 7th September 1903 and 17th March 1905, when he left.

By 1911, his stepfather had died and Charles, aged 20, was living with his mother and half-brother John at 21 Loveridge Road between West Hampstead and Kilburn. His mother’s occupation is recorded as ‘charwoman’ and his as ‘errand boy – out of work’.  

Charles married Edith Baker (1894-1967) in 1914 and they had two children: Annie Rosina (1915-2000), who was baptised in St Luke's Finchley on 1st September 1915, and Charles Frederick, who tragically was born on 16th June 1917, the very day his father died. The family address at the time of Annie's baptism was 47 Lichfield Grove, with Charles' occupation being listed as painter. Charles was baptised on 19th August 1917. His father's details are recorded as follows in the St Luke's register: 'soldier (deceased)'.

Charles served in the 1st Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment which was part of the regular army before the start of the Great War. It is therefore quite likely that he was a regular soldier. He died on the last day of the Battle of Arras (9th April to 16th June 1917) on the Western Front. He was initially buried in Northumberland cemetery at Fampoux but in 1926 his remains were exhumed and he was reburied in Bailleul Road East cemetery.

Edith married again in October 1918 to Frederick Stanley Handleigh (1892-1970), who served as a Private in the Northumberland Fusiliers from June 1916 to September 1918, when he was discharged. Edith went on to have more children with him, and continued to live locally at 10, Brownlow Road until her death.