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Date of Birth
Date of Death
15 Aug 1915
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Charles Bacchus, 4414, A Company, 1/5th Beds Regt, was killed in action at Gallipoli on August 15th, 1915. He was aged 28.
Little was reported about him in the local press, other than he was formerly a chemical works labourer, and that his father at 6 Bolton Road, Luton, had at first been merely informed that his son had been wounded, then was "missing, believed killed". But "father" should possibly have read "family".
Pte Bacchus was the son of blacksmith Charles and straw hat sewer Clara who in 1891 were living with their family at 11 Park Place, off Park Street. By 1901 Clara was described as head of a family then living at 12 Park Place. Ten years later they were living at 7 York Street, Luton, with married daughter Kate and her husband George Frederick Warner. They had wed in late 1905.
Charles senior seems to have had something of a questionable track record. A blacksmith from Luton named Charles Bacchus and aged 26 was sentenced to one calendar month's hard labour at Bedford Gaol in November 1879 for stealing oats. By the time of the 1911 Census, a blacksmith named Charles Bacchus from Luton and aged about 60 was an inmate at the Luton Union Workhouse with a marital status of "single".
A 1915 street directory lists 6 Bolton Road as the home of Frederick George Warner (Kate Bacchus's husband) - hence the family home of Pte Charles Bacchus.