Born: 1882, Gaywood, Norfolk.

Baptised: 19th November 1882, at St. Mary’s Church, Amner, Norfolk. Parents Julia & Harry Derisley, a Bailiff.

Died: on Christmas Day, 1901; age 19; KiA by the Boers in their charge on the camp of Major Williams, Tweefontein, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Residence: Grange Fram, Turnpike Road, Palgrave, Suffolk.

Occupation: a Cellar man.

Enlistment Date: 24th January 1901.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 22445.

Regiment: 53rd (East Kent) Company, 11th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry.


Clasps Awarded: Cape Colony, Orange Free State & Transvaal.




1891   Grange Farm, Turnpike Road, Palgrave, Suffolk.


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

Harry Derisley, 35, a Farmer, born Anmer, Norfolk.

Julia Jane Derisley (nee Fincham), 37, born Kenninghall, Norfolk.

Frank Martin Derisley, 5, born Docking, Norfolk.

William James Derisley, 4, born Docking.

Philip Harold Derisley, 3, born Docking.

1 general domestic servant.


Soldiers’ Effects to Harry Derisley – father.


On Tuesday, 25th February 1902, at 3:10 p.m., at St. Peter’s Church, Palgrave, a brass tablet was unveiled in memory of Charles Derisley by Sir William Forbes Gatacre, K.C.B., D.S.O., General Commanding Eastern District. The hymn – “Oh God, Our Help in Ages Past” and the soldiers’ hymn – “O God, Our Banner, Lord of Might” was sung, and Psalm 39 read. Offertory was in aid of Queen Alexandra’s Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund.


Harry & Julia lost three sons during the First World War.


Herbert Derisley, KiA 1st June 1916, age 32. He was ranked a Lance Corporal, service number F/28, for the Duke of Cambridge’s Own, Middlesex Regiment, 17th Battalion. Herbert was laid to rest at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France. Herbert resided at 4, Cintra Park, London. He was a Draper/Tailor and an Honorary Steward of Croydon Common Football Club.


Frank Martin Derisley, died of wounds at 1:30am, 6th November 1915, at No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station, age 30. Frank was wounded in the head at noon on the 5th November by a rifle bullet, while on duty in G2 trench. He never regained consciousness. He was ranked a Lance Corporal, service number 73211, for the Saskatchewan Regiment, 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Frank was laid to rest at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

Frank had immigrated to Canada in April 1911, and had settled in Rouleau, Saskatchewan, as a Farm Labourer.


William James Derisley, died 31st December 1916, age 29, at Turkey. He was ranked a Driver, service number 46820, for the Royal Field Artillery, 63rd Battery. William was originally laid to rest at Tarsus Cemetery, Asia Minor before his body was exhumed and reburied at the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq.

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