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Born: 1892, Shipley
Died: 15 March 1916
Buried: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Address: 92 Shipley Fields, Frizinghall
Parents: Charles & Georgiana
Siblings: George, John, James, Walter, Rose Ann
Occupation: Wool sorter, Francis Willey & Co
Organisations/clubs: St Margaret’s, Frizinghall CC
Rank: L Cpl
Rolls of Honour:
Regiment: Green Howards
Charles Long
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Charles was one of eight children born to Charles and Georgiana Long. The couple were originally from Norfolk but by the 1911 census, they had been living at 92 Shipley Fields, Frizinghall for around 20 years. Only five of their children had survived and four, including Charles, were still at home. In a report in the Shipley Times & Express on 19 November 1915 on an art exhibition at Shipley Technical School we read: A patriotic group executed last March by L Cpl Chas Long, who is now fighting France, attracted much attention.
It portrays a group of armour with the Union Jack as background. The tone and colour are very pleasing and the production reflects great credit on the British Tommy named. On 7 April 1916, the newspaper reported: Intimation has been received in a letter from the sergeant of his company that L Cpl Charles Long, 10th Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) was shot in the head and killed instantly while they were talking together on March 15th.
He was 25 years old and was formerly employed by Francis Willey and Co as a wool sorter. He only enlisted in the middle of July 1915 and has been at the Front since the beginning of October. He attended the art classes at the Shipley Technical School and a picture of his was much admired at the last Art Exhibition at the School. He has one brother serving in the Duke of Wellington’s West Riding
Regt. One brother who was called up at the outbreak of the war and another brother attested under Lord Derby’s scheme. L Cpl Long has been connected with St Margaret’s Church, Frizinghall since childhood and was captain of the 2nd eleven cricket team. He will be missed by a large circle of friends. A memorial service was held on Sunday at St Margaret’s Church. He had two cousins in the immortal charge of the 5th Norfolks in Gallipoli and one was killed, and another in the ‘River Clyde’ at the landing of the troops.