Charles Robert Locker

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
Lieu de naissance:
Deptford, Kent, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales

Assistant d'épicier

Informations service militaire

Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Numéro de service:
Incorporation date:
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Lewisham, Kent, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
 —  King's Royal Rifle Corps, 8th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
Lieu de décès:
Clapham Junction, Zonnebeke, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)


Tyne Cot Memorial
Panneau: 118

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Victory Medal

Points d'intérêt 3

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Lieu d'enrôlement
#3 Lieu du décès (approximatif)

Mon histoire

Rifleman Charles Robert Locker served with the 8th Battalion Kings Royals Rifle Corps (41st Brigade, 14th (Light) Division). He was killed in action on 24 August 1917, during the Battle of Passchendaele. The 32-year-old grocery assistant, from Deptford, Kent, was the husband of Alice Mary Seager and the father of two young daughters.

On 23 August 1917 part of the 8th Battalion KRRC was relieved and marched to the hinterland, the remainder, one Company and a half, the HQ and Communications Sections were positioned adjacent Clapham Junction in a tunnel beneath the Menin Road.

On the night of the 23rd and 24th August 1917, units of the 42nd Brigade were ordered to relieve the 8th KRRC, but the relief was interrupted by a German attack. Therefore one and a half Company, remained in line, occupying a defensive flank, running from Inverness Copse to Stirling Castle.

Several heavy counter-attacks unfolded throughout the day. At one time units in Inverness Copse were very nearly driven out of their positions. Things looked critical and the 41st Brigade, which was in reserve, was ordered up to the frontline. By the end of the day the Germans had recaptured a significant part of the ground that was won in the previous days.

The 8th KRRC had suffered heavy casualties on the 24th of August 1917, mainly due to German shell fire. About one hundred men were either killed or wounded. Rifleman Charles Robert Locker was one of them. Robert’s captain later wrote to his family that Robert was instantly killed by a shell explosion. Robert has no known grave and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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"Passchendaele The Day-By-Day Account", McCarthy C., Uniform 2018, page 64
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"The Anals of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, Volume V, The Great War"; Hare S., John Murray, 1932, page 230 - 234
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The Long Long Trail
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War Diary
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