Charles is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 13th November 1912, Ipswich.

Died: 4th June 1940; age 28; Died of wounds at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter, Devon.

Residence: 4, Drybank, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Occupation: Chartered Civil Engineer – Associate Member of the Intuition of Civil Engineers.


Second Lieutenant – 11th December 1935.


Rank: Captain; Service Number: 66513.

Regiment: Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Higher Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Henry & May Rose Emma Haxell, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent; husband of Catherine Marian Haxell.


Father: Charles Henry Haxell, born 1864, Ipswich – died November 1938, at the Kent and Sussex Hospital, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

Mother: May Rose Emma Haxell (nee Payne), born May 1887, Reepham, Norfolk.


Charles was educated at Skinners’ School, Tunbridge Wells, Kent – entered 13th January 1922. In June 1930, he was Prefect for Sebastian, and Captain of the School in the Michaelmas term in 1931. Charles was No. 3 Platoon Commander and Band Sergeant. In June 1930, he was awarded the General School Examination Certificate, with Matriculation. Charles left Skinners’ School on the 29th July 1931.

Whilst attending Skinners’ School his family home was at 133, St. John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells.

Skinners’ School information courtesy of Mrs. Fiona Perry –


In 1939, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Charles married Catherine Marian Children, born 1916, Sevenoaks, Kent.


Probate to Catherine Marian Haxell – widow and Janet Haxell – sister.


Charles is also remembered on the war memorial at Tunbridge Wells Town, and in the main hall, Skinners’ School, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, .

4th Battalion:
1940: The Battalion was part of the 132nd (Kent) Brigade. It was sent to France attached to the 44th (Home Counties) Division and was part of the British Expeditionary Force.
May/June 1940: A long with the same Division was evacuated from Dunkirk and returned to the UK

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