Service Number: 9072
Date of Birth: 1885
Regiment: 1 Bn., King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
Date of Death: 23 May 1915
Age at death: 30
Cemetery / Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
Grave / Reference: Panel 12
Relatives: Son of Isabella Mitchell
Address: 65 Angel Street, Hadleigh, Suffolk
Charles Mitchell had lived in Angel Street. He was born in 1885 and enlisted with King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment when they were at Colchester in 1906. At the outbreak of war they were in barracks at Dover, but by 24 August they had arrived in France and only 2 days later suffered their first casualties.
On the Ypres Salient, 24th May saw the Battle of Bellewaarde Ridge where the Germans released the largest gas cloud yet seen. The worst of the gas hit the 10th and 12th Brigades of the 4th Division which included the 1st King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment who were in trenches at ‘the brickworks’ hamlet of La Brique, just to the north of Ypres, they were behind the front line but in the path of the gas cloud.
Also serving with the battalion on that day was Hadleigh man Sergeant Percy Lumley. Both men were killed in action that day. Both men are commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres. By the end of May the actions that became known as the Second Battle of Ypres were over, the town lay in ruins and both sides had fought themselves to a standstill.