Images and extra information used with kind permission of the Governors of  Dulwich College.

Charles is remembered on the Screen Wall at Ipswich Crematorium.

Born: 7th January 1903, Bournemouth, Hampshire.

Died: 13th November 1942; age 39; killed in an accident at a demonstration near Ipswich.

Residence: 13, Essenden Road, Sanderstead, South Croydon, Surrey.

Employed: National Provincial Bank, Croydon, Surrey.


Rank: Major; Service Number: 32376.

Regiment: 42nd (23rd Battalion, The London Regiment) Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.


Cremated 18th November. Private funeral attended only by a few friends. Next of Kin: Mrs. R.A. Bootiman, of 14, North Road, St. Andrew’s, Bristol.


Memorial Reference:

Screen Wall,

Ipswich Crematorium,





1911   25, Dalrymple Road, Crofton Park, Lewisham, London.


Charles was 8 years old and living with his parents & brother.

Oscar Bootiman, 33, a Photographic Manager – Photographers, born South Shields, Durham.

Rosina Annie Bootiman (nee Child), 33, born Corsham, Wiltshire.

John Arthur Douglas Bootiman, 6, born Bournemouth, Hampshire.

1 general domestic servant.


Charles’s father, Oscar Bootiman died 1940, Croydon, Surrey, a Photographic Artist.


Charles attended the North Eastern County School (Barnard Castle), County Durham, and St Dunstan’s College, Catford, London before moving on to Dulwich College, south east London – entered January 1917 – July 1919. School number 8993. Charles studied on the Classical Side. His form positions were as follows:

Midsummer 1919, Lower 5th, 5/28

Christmas 1918, Lower 5th, 19/25

Midsummer 1918, Upper IVth, 4/20

Christmas 1917, Lower IVth, 8/20

Midsummer 1917, Upper 3rd A 2/23

Charles continued to support Dulwich College after he had left by attending Founder’s Day dinners at Rougemont Hotel, Exeter for the O.A’s in the Devon and Cornwall area. In the early 1930’s ‘The Alleynian’ reported on Charles playing  football for the United Banks team. He contributed to the Dulwich Ambulance in 1940.

Charles’s obituary appeared in the Dulwich College school magazine ‘The Alleynian’ in February 1943

Soon after leaving school, Charles joined the National Provincial Bank at Plymouth, Devon. In 1926 he was transferred to Grimsby, and then on to London two years later. Charles was appointed to the Staff Department at Head Office in 1933, and in 1936 he was promoted to be an assistant accountant at Baker Street Branch, the position he held when he was embodied in September 1939. He took a commission in the R.A.(Devonshire) Heavy Brigade in 1925 and on coming to London transferred to the 23rd Bn. London Regt., which later became the 7th Bn., East Surrey Regt. in which he became a Company commander, being promoted captain in 1933, and at the end of 1938 when the East Surreys were mechanised and became the 42nd Bn. Royal Tank Regt., he was promoted major. He was largely responsible for the initial training of this unit in their new capacity. During 1940 he was employed as an Instructor at the R.A.C. Officers Tactical School, with the rank of Lieut.-Colonel and was probably the first Territorial officer to be so employed. Afterwards he became 2nd-in-command, of the 10th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers and once again his task was to convert the battalion to Tanks and they became the 142nd Bn. R.T.R. At the time of his death he had been posted to the War Office as a G.S.O.2 and it was in his capacity as a staff officer that he went to a demonstration at which he met with an accident which proved fatal. He played regularly for the Bank 1st XV for many years, until captain of it until the outbreak of was and he could also be relied upon to finish in the first dozen of a Cross-country race.



Probate to Rosina Anne Bootiman – mother, of 14, Alleyn Park West, Dulwich, London, South London.




Essex Newsman – 21st November 1942


Demonstration Mystery


Observing that the matter seemed to be clouded with mystery, the Colchester Coroner, Mr. O. Thompson Smith, returned a verdict of Accidental death at an inquest on Major Charles Eardley Bootiman, 39, of the Royal Tank Regt., who was killed by a bullet while a spectator at a battle demonstration. His home was at West Dulwich.

A captain who assisted to organise the demonstration said he could form no theory whether the bullet came from a rifle or a machine-gun.

The Coroner said the matter would form the subject of a military inquiry.

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