Photograph courtesy of Michele Basset
Born: 1897, Ipswich.
Died on or since death presumed: 18th August 1916; age 20; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 200776
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.
Formerly 3000, Suffolk Regiment.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
The body was exhumed, identified and reburied:
1901 Hutland Road, Ipswich.
Charles was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
Arthur William Addison, 28, a Brewer’s Labourer, born Wherstead, Suffolk.
Eliza Addison (nee Wix), 30, a Charwomen, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Arthur William Addison, 8, born Ipswich.
Emily Thirza Addison, 7, born Ipswich.
George Charles David Addison, 5, born Ipswich.
Alfred James Addison, 1, born Ipswich.
1911 76, Schreiber Road, Ipswich.
Charles was 14 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.
Arthur, 39, a Brewer’s Labourer.
Arthur, 18, a Blacksmith Striker.(survived the war)
George, 15, an Errand Boy.
Hilda Charlotte E. Addison, 10, born Ipswich.
Gertrude Amelia Addison, 9, born Ipswich.
Violet May Addison, 6, born Ipswich.
Alice Maud Addison, 4, born Ipswich.
Edith Grace Addison, 2, born Ipswich.
Soldiers’ Effects to Arthur W. Addison – father.
Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.
Charles’s brother, George Charles David Addison served with the Suffolk Regiment, he was wounded and gassed. The shrapnel he had removed was made into a brooch for his wife. George Addison died on the 22nd January 1956.
Suffolk Regiment records show:
4th Btn. On the 18th, not long before zero hour, captain H.F. Ling was wounded, and still later, Lieut. R.D. Hume, M.C., entailing important changes in command at the last moment. Captain Ling remained in the trenches until the attack was over. Neither of the battalions on the right and left was able to make much progress. The 4th Battalion, in the centre, pushed forward. For a time two of our companies occupied Wood Lane trench, but being unsupported, and 2nd Lieut. Bedwell (the only officer to reach the trench) having been killed, it was impossible to hold on. However, considering that the battalion has attacked after four days in the front line, it was justly pleased with its work. A rough night followed, during which the battalion was relieved. Early next morning they moved to Fricourt Wood, and at sundown proceeded to a camp north-east of Meaulte, near Albert Road. The casualties on August 18th were as follows – Killed: 2nd Lieuts. V.L.S. Bedwell, H.C. Pawsey, and E. Norton, and 33 other ranks. Wounded: Captain H.F.Ling; 2nd Lieut. N.E. Suttle, and 108 other ranks. Missing: 50 other ranks. Total, 196. The 2nd battalion were seeing action at Cochrane Alley. The History of the Suffolk Regiment 1914 – 1927 by Lieut.-Colonel C.C.R. Murphy (late the Suffolk Regiment)