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Gnr Charles West

No.3 Depot, Royal Garrison Artillery

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Prior to the war, Charles West had been an overseer on the family owned Flowers Farm in Pangbourne, where he had been born in 1880 as the younger son of Charles West Sr and Catherine West – the West family being one of the oldest in Pangbourne.

He was one of the founders of Pangbourne FC of which he was secretary for many years and was a goalkeeper of renown having represented the Berks & Bucks County side. He played for Reading FC on two occasions in April 1900 in friendly matches against Burnley and Blackburn Rovers.

Charles West was 36 years old when he died in the 4th Southern General Hospital in Plymouth on 30th April 1916 whilst serving as a Gunner in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

April 1916 was a sad month for the West family, as at the beginning of the month Charles’ nephew, Edward, had been killed in action while serving with the Royal Berkshire Regiment on the Western Front. Charles is buried in St James’s Church in Pangbourne.

Died of illness, 30th April 1916.
Buried at St James the Lesser Churchyard, Pangbourne.

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