CHARLES HERBERT TEAGER

Born: 1878, St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Died: 26th April 1915; age 37; KiA.

Residence: 152, Handford Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Bricklayer.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 2249

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.

 

Memorial Reference:

Panel 21.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

Charles was killed at the same time as:

Walter Bensley, a Private, 114, of the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. Walter was 34 years of age, of Barclay Street, Ipswich and employed as a Fitter at Orwell Works, Ransomes Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich.

George William Buckles, a Private, 2106, of the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment. George was 28 years of age, of Crown Street, Leiston, Suffolk and employed as a storekeeper. George was born in Wickham Market the son of Thomas Buckles and Eliza Buckles (nee Clowes), of Union Cottages, Chapel Lane, Wickham Market, Suffolk.

 

Brother to WILLIAM TEAGER.

 

CENSUS

 

1881   31, Castle Street, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas Teager, 33, a Bricklayer, born St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Rebecca Teager (nee Shephard), 32, born St. Peter’s, Ipswich.

Thomas Teager, 14, a Bricklayer’s Labourer, born Ipswich.

John Isaac Teager, 8, born St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Kate Teager, 1, born Ipswich.

 

1891   15, Castle Street, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 13 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas, 44, a Bricklayer.

Rebecca, 44.

William Teager, 5, born St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Caroline Teager, 7, born St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

Rebecca Teager, 4, born St. Matthew’s, Ipswich.

 

Charles deserted on the 20th May 1900, at Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk and again on the 10th June 1900, at Bury St. Edmunds.

The Ipswich Journal – 23rd June 1900.  DESERTERS. – Charles Teager, of 38, St. Matthew’s Church Lane and Francis McGovan, Rope Walk,  were charged with deserting from the 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment and the 98th Field Battery, R.A., respectively, and were handed over to military escorts.

 

1901   St. Peter’s Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands.

 

Charles was 23 years old, a Soldier, ranked Private in the 3rd Battalion, Suffolk Regiment.

 

1911   14, Bramford Road, Ipswich.

 

Charles was 34 years old, a Bricklayer. He was married and Head of the Household.

Maud, 33.

Charles, 10.

Dorothy, 4.

Gladys, 2 months.

Leslie, 2 months.

 

In 1903, in Ipswich, Charles married Charlotte Louise Maud Jessup, born October 1877, in Sheerness, Kent – daughter of William Frederick Jessup, a labourer at a manure factory, and Charlotte Jessup (nee Parr), of 56, Surbiton Road, Ipswich.

Charlotte and Charles had six children:

Charles Jessup Teager, born February 1901, Ipswich.

Lilian Charlotte M. Teager, born 1903, Ipswich – 1908, Ipswich.

Dorothy Rebecca Teager, born April 1906, Ipswich.

Gladys May Teager, born February 1911, Ipswich.

Leslie William Teager, born February 1911, Ipswich.

Stanley Thomas Teager, born May 1914, Ipswich.

 

Charles’s mother, Rebecca Teager died in December 1915, at her residence 38, St. Matthew’s Church Lane, Ipswich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Maud Teager – widow.

 

Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Matthews Church, Ipswich.

 

The 4th Battalion

24th April 1915 the Battalion as part of the Lahore Division, were ordered to move northwards towards Ypres. They arrived at Boeschepe, marching 18 miles, arriving in the dark. They passed the 2nd Battalion the following day, and the 4th Suffolks marched in heavy rain to Ouderdom.

By the 26th they arrived on the outskirts of Ypres which was being heavily shelled. The Battalion moved to the south of the city. The Brigade spread out on the Zonnebeke road up to Potijze on the junction to St. Jean. It was noted that the Germans were firing 42cm guns onto the city, which was now in total devastation, seeing shell holes 72ft wide. The sound of the shelling was great and was described as flying express trains “Wipers Express”

At 14:00hrs The Lahore Division advanced on the German line from the road. The 4th Suffolks were in support of the 47th Sikhs, the moment they moved forward crossing the road Major Frederick William Turner was hit along with a number of his men. Minutes later the Germans released poison gas which drifted onto the Allied lines causing the advance to falter. The advance was pushed back and the order was given to dig in as the Germans began to shell their positions. During the early hours of the following day, the Battalion was withdrawn and moved back to positions at Potijze.

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