Thomas Charlesworth

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Glass cutter

Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
 —  Royal Field Artillery, 134th Bty. 32nd Bde.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
Place of death:
Sandy Farm, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Solferino Farm Cemetery
Plot: I
Row: B
Grave: 38

Distinctions and medals 3

1914-15 Star
Medal — 18/09/1919
British War Medal
Medal — 02/02/1920
Victory Medal
Medal — 02/02/1920

Points of interest 2

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place

My story

Thomas Charlesworth was born in 1897 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire. He was the son of Thomas and Fanny Charlesworth, and had a sister, Lily, and two brothers, Charles Henry and Leslie. Before the war, Thomas worked as a glass cutter. In February 1917 he married Isabel May Savage in Runcorn, Cheshire, and had a son named Thomas Benjamin.

Late 1914 or early 1915, Thomas had entered into the Royal Field Artillery, serving as a gunner with the 134th Battery, of the 32nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery, part of the Divisional Artillery of the 4th Division.

From September 1917 onward the 4th Division participated in the Battle of Passchendaele. On 5 and 6 October 1917 the 32nd Brigade RFA took up new positions along the Steenbeek stream near the village of Langemark. Headquarters were near Stray Farm, while Thomas’ Battery established its guns at Sandy Farm. During the following days the Brigade supported two major attacks of the 4th Division, one on the 9th of October and another on the 12th.

Thomas Charlesworth was killed a few days later, on 14 October 1917, when the positions of the 32nd Brigade were targeted by German artillery. The remains of the barely 20-year old gunner were interred in the nearby Solferino Farm Cemetery.

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Further reference
Sources used
The Long, Long Trail
Sources used
War Diary 32nd Bde. RFA
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