Charles Hargraves

Name: Charles Henry Hargraves

Rank: Gunner

Service Number: 10962

Unit Served: 22nd Field Artillery Brigade

Personal Details: Charles Hargraves was born in Bridgenorth, Launceston, Tasmania, in early 1897 to Nathaniel and Annie Hargraves. He attended State School in Launceston and was a carpenter and orchardist by profession. He was 5'9" tall, with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. When he enlisted at 28 years and 6 months of age, Charles weighed 10 stone and 6 pounds.

Enlistment Details: Charles enlisted on the 14th September, 1915, at Claremont in Tasmania. He was initilally assigned to the Field Artillery Reinforcements, then to the2nd Division Artillery Column, and finally the 2nd Reinforcement of the 6th Field Artillery Brigade, with the rank of Gunner.

Details about his Role in the War: Charles embarked Melbourne aboard the "Afric" on the 15th January 1916 as an Acting Sergeant.

On the 10th March he was taken on strength by the 6th FAB as a gunner and posted to the 21st Battery at Ismailia. He was made aprovisional Corporal on the 11th March. He then embarked Alexandria aboard the "Ebos" on the 17th March and disembarked at Marseilles on 23rd March. On the 13th May he was transferred to the 22nd FAB and on the 14th June he reverted to the rank of Gunner. On the 15th August 1916, Charles Hargraves was Killed in Action near Mametz Wood. He was buried in an isolated grave 3 miles South of Bapaume. After the war his body was exhumed and reburied in Flat Iron Copse British Cemetery, Mametz.

Date of Death: 15th August 1916

Age at Death: 29? His parents reported his age as 32 but he reported his age at enlistment, 11  months before his death as 28.

Cemetery" Flat Iron Copse British Cemetery Plot VII, Row G, Grave 2

 

Commemorated by

2006

Brent Rowe

Quotes

Brent Rowe

" At the completion of the dedication I didn’t want to leave the cemetery despite the cold and rain. I felt I had just got to know them. It was worse at William’s grave as he was the youngest of my six soldiers. The message on his grave was one of love from his mother. He was only 19 when he died and I hope that my commemoration was good enough; not for Julie, not for Jurgsy, not for anyone else but for him, for ‘Chas’ as he was known, and for William."