Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Charles Harper was born in Morville in 1887. He was the son of John Harper, a farmer, and his wife, Mary. They lived at Round Hill, Haughton.
In 1911, Charles was living in Leominster where he was working as a grocer's assistant.
Charles first served in the 19th Battalion Cheshire Regiment - a labour battalion formed in Oldham in April 1916. He went to France with the battalion in May 1916 as a Corporal (L/Sjt). On 31st July, 1917 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry and sent to Salonika. He died on 27th November 1918 and is buried in Kirechkoi-Hortakoi Military Cemetery, Salonika. At the time of his death the battalion had recently found billets at Gugunchi after a long march in difficult terrain. The Regimental History records that "practically every man was suffering from either the present or after-effects of malaria." [Wood p.93]
Second Lieutenant Charles Harper, KSLI, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
[Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 28th December, 1918]
HARPER. – On the 27th ult., of malaria and influenza, 2nd-Lieutenant Charles Harper, fourth son of Mr. and Mrs. John Harper, The Round Hill, Morville.
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