Born: 1886, Ipswich.

Died: 26th September 1915; age 29; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 10th July 1915 – France.


Rank: Sapper; Service Number 42647

Regiment: Royal Engineers, 74th Field Coy.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Dud Corner Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,





1891   22, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 5 years old and living with his parents, siblings & maternal grandmother.

Isaac Wardley, 30, a Plough Smith, born Ipswich.

Caroline Agnes Wardley (nee Bird), 30, born Ipswich.

Agnes Wardley, 7, born Ipswich.

Ellen Wardley, 2, born Ipswich.

Isaac Wardley, 2 months, born Ipswich.

Mary Ann Bird, 66, a widow, a Nurse.


1901   22, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 14 years old, a Compositor – Printer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Isaac, 39, an Agricultural Fitter.

Caroline, 38.

Agnes, 16, a Book Binder.

Ellen, 12.

Isaac, 10.

John Wardley, 8, born Ipswich.


1911   38, Bond Street, Ipswich.


Charles was 25 years old, an Iron Tuner – Lathe – Agricultural Engineers. He was living with his parents & brother.

Isaac, 50, a Plough Fitter – Agricultural Engineers.

Caroline, 49.

John, 17, a Boiler Maker – Agricultural Engineers.


Soldiers’ Effects to Isaac Wardley – father.


Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at Christ Church, Tacket Street, St. Michael’s Church War Memorial, Ipswich, and on the Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, war memorial. Now sited at The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, Suffolk.


Royal Engineers, 74th Field Coy.


  • I am trying to find a photograph of my Great Uncle Charles Frederick Wardley who was killed at Loos on 26 September 1915 but to date have not been able to locate one. Are you able to suggest any contacts where I may be able to find a picture?

  • Hello. I’m replying on behalf of my partner, Asa Wardley. We have been unable to find a link, so far, with Charles. The coincidence of the Bird/Wardley reference is too good to ignore! If you would share any information about this young man and his family, we’d be very grateful. Alys Parsons


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