Born: 1896, Ipswich.
Died: 13th October 1915; age 19; Died of Wounds.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.
Rank: Lance Corporal; Service Number: 9295
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Panel 37 & 38.
Pas de Calais,
1901 59, Spring Road, Ipswich.
Charles was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.
William Kidby, 33, a Bricklayers Labourer, born Grundisburgh, Suffolk.
Alice Ada Kidby (nee Clarke), 31, born Ipswich.
John William Kidby, 9, born Ipswich.
Alice Kidby, 7, born Ipswich.
George Kidby, 3, born Ipswich.
1911 359, Spring Road, Ipswich.
Charles was 15, a Milk Seller – Dairyman. He was living with his widowed father & brother.
William, 45, a General Labourer – Builders.
George, 13, a Milk Seller – Dairyman.
Charles is remembered on IPSWICH ODDFELLOWS LODGE WW1 MEMORIAL
Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion:
14:00hrs 13th October following an intense two hour shelling by the British on the Quarries the 7th were tasked with taking the 2 German trench system called the Hairpin. “B” company commanded by Major Currey pushed across open ground under a smoke screen, this lifted giving away the advance coming under heavy machine gun fire stalling the advance with 75 casualties including the Major a former Boar war veteran.
“A” company lead by Captain C.A Cobbold and “D” company on the opposite flanks with the 7th Norfolk regiment bombed the German line under sustained mortar and machine gun fire being held up for some time by the German bombing parties (hand grenades) eventually a phone line was connected where contact was made with headquarters, the German mortar positions were then knocked out by the British heavy guns. The Battalion consolidated the new position handing over to the 9th Essex regiment that night.
The Battalion sustained over 150 casualties.