From Hoole History and Heritage Society



Regiment: 14th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Rank: Private

Number: 4279

Died: 18 February 1917

Aged: 24

Buried/ Memorial: Bard Cottage Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

Address: 16 Philip Street, Hoole


Pte. C. Doubleday, R.W.F. (4279), who lived at 16 Philip Street, Hoole, has been killed in action. He was 24 years of age, the son of Mrs. Doubleday, Green Lane, Saltney, and was employed, before the mobilisation of his battalion in November 1914, at the Shipyard, Saltney.

Pte. Doubleday had been wounded three times, and had again gone out to the front, and had been there for four months, when he was killed in action on 18th February.

Mrs. Doubleday, his wife, with whom deep sympathy is felt in her bereavement, has had the following letter from a chaplain at the front - “Feb. 24th Dear Mrs. Doubleday, - I regret to inform you that your husband, Pte. C. Doubleday, R.W.F., was killed here in the trenches last Sunday, and was buried the following day with Christian rites. He died almost instantly after being shot, and he can not have suffered any pain.  He was one of the nicest boys imaginable, and I knew him very well.  He was presented for Confirmation by me on Feb. 7th when the Lord Bishop of Khartoum came round our division to perform the rite.  The news of his death will cause you great grief and sorrow, but I trust God will help you in your great trial.  Your husband has given his all for freedom and right, King and country.  There is a cross erected to mark his grave.  Please accept my deep sympathy with you in your great sorrow. – Yours faithfully, T. Bowen Williams, chaplain, R.W.F.