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WW1 Casualty: Private 14654 Charles Caffrey -

Private 14654 Charles Caffrey

Unit/Regiment 4th Bn, King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Date of Death 16/04/1918
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Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery
II E 8
CWGC Family Details (if shown) Marriage Q3/1912, Prescot, 8b, 1475. Married Elizabeth Larkin
SDGW – Where Born Prescot
Enlisted Seaforth
Resided Prescot
Notes Husband of Elizabeth Caffery (b. 6/4/92, nee Larkin) of 17 Duke St, Prescot. They married 28/9/12 and had two children Gilbert Caffery (b. 20/6/13) and Charles Caffery (b. 23/1/17).
Research Ref. No. P039

Service Details

Charles Caffrey listed in the Prescot Electoral Roll of 1914

Charles Caffrey enlisted in Seaforth, the Depot of the King's (Liverpool Regiment), on 1st September 1914. After training, he embarked for France on 24th July 1915. In addition to serving with the 4th Battalion, he also served at some point with the 12th Battalion of the Regiment.

Pte. Caffrey was awarded the Military Medal in November 1916 for his actions on 28th October.

An undated entry in the Prescot Reporter, listing Pte Caffrey's bravery and the action which resulted in his Military Medal (Courtesy of Ste M)

On 28th October 1916, the Battalion was located in trenches close to LES BOUEFS in the Somme Sector. At 6:00 a.m., they attacked DEW DROP TRENCH, and reported it captured at 10:00 having suffered 1 officer killed, 2 wounded and 60 other ranks wounded. They captured 100 German prisoners in the attack.

An extract from the November 1917 War Diary showing the award of Pte Caffrey's Military Medal

The announcement of Pte. Caffery's Military Medal in the London Gazette

Charles Caffrey's MM Award Card, image courtesy of John Yates

On 14th April 1918, the Battalion was at METEREN, in support to the 1st Bn., Queen's Regiment. They moved into the line on 15th and at 3:30 a.m. on 16th, the enemy attacked without much of a previous bombardment and succeeded in penetrating the line. A withdrawal took place and the line was reformed and consolidated. The enemy now occupied METEREN, and the rest of the day was reported to be "fairly quiet". The Battalion suffered 20 Officer and 46 Other Ranks, killed, wounded and missing. Pte Caffrey was one of those killed.

Pte. Caffrey died of wounds at 62 Casualty Clearing Station.

Under the heading 'This month, deaths in action', the Parish Magazine of 24th September 1918 reported 'Pte. Charles Caffery, 32, King's Liverpool Regiment on 16th April 1918, of 17 Duke Street and has left a widow and two children'.

The Register of Soldiers Effects listing his widow, Elizabeth, and the amount she received

Pte Caffrey's Medal Index Card. He was entitled to the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory medal

Private Caffery's grave at Haringhe (Bandaghem) Military Cemetery

In the 1939 National Register, Charles' widow, Elizabeth, and son Gilbert are still living at 17, Duke Street, Prescot

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