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Private Charles Herbert Checksfield

43466 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment
(formerly 23521 Northamptonshire Regiment)

Son of Mr Herbert & Mrs Fanny Checksfield
Husband of Lizzie (nee Lewis)

Aged 29 years

Died 9th April 1917

Commemorated on the Arras Memorial
Bay 4.


Born and enlisted at Rushden.
The Rushden Echo Friday 27 April 1917,transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldier Killed With a Trench Mortar Battery - Private CH Checksfield

Unofficial news has just been received that Pte Charles Herbert Checksfield, - Suffolk Regt., son of Mrs Checksfield, of 12 Spencer-road, Rushden, has been killed in action in France. The news is sent by a comrade, Pte Leo Dickens, son of Mrs W Dickens, Harborough-road, Rushden, to Pte Checksfield's wife, who is residing with Mrs Jaques, Park-road, Rushden, and there seems to be little doubt as to the correctness of the report.

Pte C H Checksfield, who was aged about 29 years, joined the Colours in March, 1916, and went out to France in the following June, doing service with a trench mortar battery right up to the time of his death.

Two brothers of the deceased soldier, Harry in the Beds. Regt., and Fred in the Suffolks, are at present serving in the firing line.

The Wellingborough News Friday 13 July 1917,transcribed by Nicky Bates

News of Kettering and Rushden Soldiers

Pte T A Smith, of the Suffolk Regiment, formerly on the staff of this paper at Kettering, writes under date June 30th, from the 2nd Canadian Hospital, Le Treport, France: "Just a few lines to let you know that I am going on well after a fortnight in the above hospital with trench fever. I have just received a letter from Pte F B Houghton, of King-street, Kettering, of the Suffolk Regiment, a chum of mine, under date June 27th. He states that the Suffolks, in which regiment there are many local lads, were in the front line trenches, and a few were unfortunately knocked out. There was one particularly sad coincidence when a shell burst in a dugout, killing Pte Clarence Baker, of Rushden, and also wounded his brother, who were both in the same dugout. Pte Checksfield, of Rushden, and Pte John Henson of Peterborough, have also been wounded. Pte Carlisle, of Wisbech, has had an unfortunate accident. Whilst cleaning his rifle in the trenches he badly wounded his leg. There was a bullet in the barrel of the rifle, which he was not aware of, and it accidentally went off. All belong to the Suffolk Regiment, and enlisted in January of the present year."

The Rushden Echo Friday 1 February 1918,transcribed by Nicky Bates

KILLED IN ACTION - Official news has now been received of the death in action of Pte C H Checksfield, of Rushden. The news of Pte Checksfield being listed as missing was reported in a previous issue, and now we regret to say he is officially reported as having been killed on April 9th, 1917.


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