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GISBORNE, Charles Harry Edward (1889-1954) – Worcestershire Regiment

Lance Corporal Charles Harry Edward Gisborne (1889-1954) was born at Murcot, the fifth of ten children of George and Esther Gisborne.  The family moved a number of times in Charles’ childhood, George working as a shepherd on farms in the area.

Charles was admitted to Badsey School on 12th October 1898, together with his sister Elsie. Both were recorded in the school Admission Book as being from Wickhamford at the time.  In Elsie's case she left on 30th January 1899 after only 3 months but Charles' departure is not noted.  Both children's previous school was recorded as Weston.  It may be that George Gisborne was living and working in Wickhamford as a shepherd in the winter of 1898-99 and Charles went to Badsey School for a term or so.  By 1901 they were living in Badsey.

Charles joined the Worcestershire Regiment (No 11495) on 27th October 1908.  Originally in the 5th Battalion he was posted to 3rd, 4th, 6th and 10th over the next 10 years.  He saw service in India before the war and sailed to the Mediterranean area, with the 4th Battalion, on 21st March 1915 for 5 months, where he was wounded in the foot on Gallipoli on 21st August.  He was in France from 26th November 1916 to 28th September 1917, before seeing out the rest of his service in England.  He was finally demobilized on 26th October 1920, after 12 years service.  He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, Victory and British War medals.

Charles died in Somerset in 1954.