Rank or Title

War time / or Pre War occupation

Iron moulder

Employer

Diamond Foundry, Dallow Road

Service Number

32135

Place of Birth

Luton
United Kingdom

World War I Address

8 Gaitskill Row
Luton
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Belgium

Grave Location

No known grave
Belgium

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier
Pte Charles Herbert Halfpenny

Pte Charles Herbert Halfpenny, 32135, 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on August 9th, 1917. According to a letter sent to his widow Dorothy he was the victim of a sniper while he slept.

Charles Halfpenny had joined the Territorials prior to the war and was mobilised with the 5th Bedfords at the outbreak of hostilities. He was wounded during the Gallipoli Campaign and invalided home.

Leaving Halton in November 1916 he went to France, where he was drafted into the 6th Bedfords and again wounded, in May 1917.

Charles, a son of Charles and Elizabeth Halfpenny, had previously been employed as an iron moulder at the Diamond Foundry. He had married Suffolk girl Dorothy Blanche Canham in Bury St Edmunds in 1915, before going to Gallipoli. Their home was at 8 Gaitskill Row, Luton, at the time of Charles' death.

Following his wounding at Gallipoli, and also of his brother Albert, Charles wrote to his wife, then at 29 York Street, from a hospital ship about his "bit of bad luck".

Dorothy returned to Suffolk and remarried in Bury St Edmunds in late 1918. Her new husband was named Samuel Place.

Individual Location

Pte Charles Herbert Halfpenny

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