Charles Robert Bacon

Rank Lance Corporal
Service No 3/10695
Date of Death 21/03/1918
Age 36
Regiment/Service Norfolk Regiment, 9th Battalion
Memorial Arras Memorial, France. This commemorates some 35,000 servicement from the UK, New Zealand and South Africa, who died in the Arras sector between the Spring of 1916 and 7th August 1918, the eve of the advance to victory, and have no known grave. The most conspicous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917 and the German attack in the spring of 1918.

 

Charles was born in Brandiston, Norfolk, in early 1882 and baptised in the parish church of St Nicholas on the 19th February of that year. His parents were Robert Augustus Grey Bacon (1862-1913) and Ann Eliza Bacon (1861-1935). He had six siblings: Mabel (1884-1884), Leonard (b.1888), Sybil (1891-1961), Oscar (1894-1952), Wilfred (b.1896) and Walter (1897-1915).

At the time of the 1901 Census, he was aged 19 and lodging with his aunt in Hellesdon, a suburb of Norwich. He was employed as a railway porter at Norwich station. In 1905, at the age of 23, he married Florence Mary Ann Pestell (1882-1968), a housemaid from Dilham, Norfolk. They had three children: Wilfred Robert (b.1907) and Sybil Winifred (1908-1992) and Christabel (1912-1968).

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family were living at Station House, Raynham Park, Fakenham, Norfolk and Charles was employed as a railway signalman.

Charles enlisted in Finchley but his local connection is unknown. He was killed in action on the first day of the German Spring Offensive of 1918.