Spurgeon, Charles Arthur, DCM


War Service:
Private 1402 CHARLES ARTHUR SPURGEON DCM 8th Battalion The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) died on 11 October 1918, aged 24.

When it first went into action on 26 September 1915, the 8th Battalion like the rest of the newly raised 24th Division, had only been in France for three weeks and had no experience of life in the front line, let alone assaulting enemy positions under fire. The original intention was that they would be held in reserve and only used when the enemy lines had been broken. However the initial attack went badly and Haig committed these untried troops. When they reached their objective they found the enemy wire uncut and machine gun fire coming at them from both flanks. Unable to make progress, after 4 hours the Battalion was withdrawn having lost 24 officers and 610 other ranks.


The citation for Charles Spurgeon's Distinguished Conduct Medal appeared in the London Gazette of 26 November 1915. It reads:
For great bravery on the 26 September 1915, near Hulluch. Although severely wounded in the neck, he continued with great coolness and courage to attend to the wounded and, notwithstanding that he was himself again hit' he continued to bring in wounded men. His gallantry and devotion to duty were very marked.


He is buried in Wandsworth (Earlsfield) cemetery and it is likely that he died of his wounds in the 3rd London General Hospital which was at Wandsworth.

Location of Memorial:
He is was remembered on the war memorial in the East London Industrial School for Boys, Brookbank Road, Lewisham.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon of Brixton and husband of Mrs. H. Spurgeon, of 42, Upper Tulse Hill.


Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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