Born: 1877, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Died: 13th October 1915; age 39; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.
Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 12051
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Panel 37 & 38.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late James Catton, of Bury St. Edmunds; husband of Edith Mary Catton, of 65, Chevalier Street, Ipswich.
1881 2, Mill Yard, Mill Lane, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Charles was 4 years old and living with his parents, siblings & paternal grandmother.
James Catton, 28, a Tin Man, born Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Jane Catton (nee Tillett, 28, born Bury St. Edmunds.
Emma Catton, 4, born Bury St. Edmunds.
John Catton, 2 months, born Bury St Edmunds.
1891 ‘Mount Edgcumbe’ Industrial School for Boys, River Tamar, Saltash, Cornwall.
Charles was 14 years old, an Inmate – School – Seamanship on the industrial training ship.
1911 Depot Suffolk Regiment, Out Risbygate, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Charles was 34 years old, married and a Soldier ranked Sergeant in the Suffolk Regiment.
In 1911, Charles’s wife & daughters were also living at Depot Suffolk Regiment, Out Risbygate, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
Marjorie, 5, deaf & dumb from 2 years old.
Charles’s mother, Jane Catton, died 1886, Bury St. Edmunds.
In 1904, Rochford, Essex, Charles married Edith Mary Jenkins, born 1873, Woodham Mortimer, Essex. They had 2 daughters:
Marjorie Helen Catton, born 1906, Madras, India.
Mabel Agnes Catton, born 1909, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.
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.