Charles Henry Alexander

Information about birth

Year of birth:
Place of birth:
Box, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

General information


Army information

England, United Kingdom
British Expeditionary Force
Service number:
Enlistment place:
Bath, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
 —  Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

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


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panel: 102

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 ‘Place of death’

My story

Charles H. Alexander was a 39 year old banker mason from Box, Wiltshire, UK. He was one of the many victims who fell during the Battle of Passchendaele. Charles served with the 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, part of the 2nd Brigade, of the 1st Division.

On 10 November 1917 the 1st Division participated in the final stage of the Battle of Passchendaele. It attacked near the Goudberg, to the north of Passchendaele, to cover the Canadian advance on Passchendaele itself. During the attack on the 10th the 1st Battalion remained in support at Kronprinz Farm. On the following day the 1st Loyal North Lancashire moved up to the frontline and took up positions between Source and Valour Farm on the Goudberg hill. Throughout the next following days their positions were frequently shelled. Relief followed during the night of 13 and 14 November. The 2nd Royal Sussex relieved the Loyal North Lancashire, but two platoons failed to arrive on time. This forced two platoons of the 1st Loyal North Lancashire to remain in the line till daybreak. The two companies that had already moved out were shelled between Mosselmarkt and Meetcheele, suffering heavy casualties.

Private Charles H. Alexander was killed in action on 14 November 1917. His body was not recovered after the war and he is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial, panel 102.

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"The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment", Wylly H.C., London, The Royal United Service Institution, 1933, pg. 51-53
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The Long Long Trail
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War Diary Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
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