Charles, known as Charlie Jefferson was born ithe fourth child of Joseph and Elizabeth, nee Robertshaw.In the 1901 census Charlie was still living with his family and was working as a mason’s labourer. In 1908 he married Sarah Amy Graham and by 1911 they were living at 10 Intake Road, Fagley and Charlie was working as a coach painter. They had two children, Hilda born in 1909 and Charles in 1910 and another child, Albert was born in 1914. When Charlie enlisted he was working at Thornbury tram sheds. Charlie enlisted on the 23rd of February 1916 as Private 241388 in
the 2/6th Battalion of the Prince of Wales (West Yorkshire Regiment). His Regiment landed in Le Havre in January 1917 and came under the 62nd Division which was involved in several engagements during that year, in operations on the Ancre, during the German retreat to the Hindenburg line and the Arras offensive which ended in June. His Division do not appear to have been active during the Battle of Ypres but Charlie was killed in action on the 13th of September 1917. He was 37 years of age. His wife received a letter from Lt. A Welch who wrote “I much regret
to have to inform you that your husband was killed in action on the 13th instant. “I deeply sympathise with you at your loss, for anyone, whatever his position in life, who met your husband instantly recognised in him qualities much to be admired.“He has been under me now nearly two years and never once in that period did I have to doubt either him or any work that was given him to do. “He was interred with, I regret to say, many others in a cemetery, many of his friends and most of the officers being present. His fellow
pioneers are making a cross and I can assure you that I will see that his grave is properly kept and fenced around. “Please accept my deepest sympathy in your great trouble but do have the consolation – he died nobly in a good cause and did not give his life in vain”.Charlie is buried in Favreuil British Cemetery which was begun in April 1917 and used until March 1918 by fighting units, particularly of the 62nd (West Riding) Division and Field Ambulances.He left his effects to his widow Sarah who received £4.4.4d on the 28th of January 1918 and a War Gratuity of £12.0.0d on the 31st of October 1919.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks