Boy First Class Charles Easter

Date of Birth 26 May 1899
Age at Death 17
Date of Death 31 May 1916
Service Number J/33434
Military Service Royal Navy HMS Barham
Merton Address 106 Haydons Road, Wimbledon
Local Memorial Holy Trinity Church, Wimbledon

Additional Information

Charles was born in Wimbledon on the 26th of May, 1899, the son of Henry Robert and Mary Ann Easter. He lived in a five room house at 106 Haydons Road with his parents and eleven siblings. His father was a boot maker and his elder sisters made electric filaments.

Charles was 5’7”, with dark hair and eyes, plus a fair complexion. He worked as a laundry boy prior to enlisting in the Navy, then served on a number of ships including the Ganges, Impregnable, Vernon, and Warspite. During the Battle of Jutland, he was serving on HMS Barham. The ship was hit by a number of enemy shells, including one that exploded in the sick bay, killing everyone inside. Twenty six men died on the Barham that day, including eight ship’s boys – Charles was one of them.


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