Gerhardt, Charles Frederick


War Service:
Private 82722 CHARLES FREDERICK GERHARDT died on 5 April 1921, aged 37. He had previously served with 73 Protection Company, Royal Defence Corps and the 12th (Bermondsey) battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. The Royal Defence Corps was formed in 1917 from the Home Service battalions of infantry regiments. These usually comprised men who were too old or too unfit for front line, overseas service. The Corps provided men to guard key locations such as bridges and ports and to guard PoW camps.

In 1901 while serving with the 3rd (militia) battalion of the East Surreys he joined the regular army and was posted to the Royal Garrison Artillery. He was discharged in February 1913 but re enlisted when war broke out. He was finally discharged in March 1919.

Location of Memorial:
He is buried in Brockley cemetery where his name is recorded on the screen wall with others whose graves have no headstone.

He was the husband of Winifred Gerhardt, of 67, Bolina Rd., South Bermondsey. They married in Camberwell in the autumn of 1915.
Before the war he had worked as a stevedore.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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