2nd Lt
Charles Edward Sherwood

Information about birth

Date of birth:
Place of birth:
Stantonbury, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Bookstall Attendant

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Second Lieutenant
Service number:
 —  Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 5th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Tower Hamlets, Geluveld, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Hooge Crater Cemetery
Plot: XVII
Row: C
Grave: 9

Distinctions and medals 2

British War Medal
Medal — 23/01/1920
Victory Medal
Medal — 23/01/1920

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 ‘Place of death’

My story

Charles Edward Stuart was born in December 1895. He was the sixth child of James and Kate Sherwood of Stantonbury, Buckinghamshire. According to the 1911 Census Charles worked as a Bookstall Attendant, while living with his mother at 157 Newport Road in Stantonbury. Charles enlisted for the army and initially served as a trooper with the Household Battalion. He eventually got a commission as a second lieutenant with the 5th Battalion Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, part of the 42nd Brigade of the 14th (Light) Division.

In October 1917 the 14th Division was engaged in the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele. The 5th Ox & Bucks moved into the frontlines in mid-October. They were holding dirty and muddy trenches between the Menin Road, near Geluveld Wood, and the Scheriabeek stream. The Germans opposite them in the ruins of Geluveld held the high ground and had an excellent view on the Ox & Bucks’ positions. The men were therefore frequently subjected to heavy shelling and sniper fire. Casualties kept stacking up.

After five arduous days at the front Charles’ Battalion was relieved from the first line. The 5th Ox & Bucks moved into support in the Tower Hamlets area, south of the Menin Road. The men were cramped together in a series of pill-boxes and open trenches. At 5.30 a.m. on 22 October 1917 an allied barrage came down on the German lines, as the British launched another attack near Poelkapelle and the Houthulst forest. The German artillery immediately retaliated and the 5th Ox & Bucks’ front was heavily shelled, killing 21-year old second lieutenant Sherwood.

Charles was buried in the nearby Pill Box Cemetery. His remains were exhumed from this makeshift cemetery after the war and he was reinterred in Hooge Crater Cemetery.

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Further reference
Sources used
The Long, Long Trail
Sources used
War Diary Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, 5th Bn.
Further reference