Sergeant Charles Fraser Woolston, 6th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), was killed in action on the 13th October 1915, aged 20. He enlisted into the East Kent Regiment on the 14th August 1914 at Margate and progressed through the ranks, being promoted to Serjeant in May 1915. He arrived in France with the British Expeditionary Force on the 1st June 1915.
Following his death his Lieutenant wrote:“He was in charge of one of our machine guns in the front line and was working it with great courage and coolness, when he was killed and two of his men with him. In Sergeant Woolston I have lost a most valued N.C.O., one of whom I Knew I could trust to carry out any enterprise whatever its difficulties and dangers. I can only hope that the knowledge that he died a heroes’ death will alleviate to some extent the great sorrow you will have to bear”.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the memorials at St Andrew's Church, Catford
He was the son of Charles Walter and Elizabeth Darby Woolston of “Stanmore”, 314 Brownhill Road, Catford. His father was one of the choristers at St. Andrew’s Church. He was educated at Colfe’s and his father’s old School Dorchester Grammar and prior to the war he was a farm apprentice near Margate
His brother, Arthur, served with the Royal Naval Air Service (at Gallipoli) and the Royal Air Force.
Contributed By: Kevin Loughnane
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