Laid to rest at the Field of Honour

Image from 1919 Suffolk  Chronicle & Mercury newspaper


Born: 2nd September 1878, Portland Street, Troon,  Ayrshire, Scotland.

Died: 24th June 1919; age: 40; Died of Phthisis at 3, Junction Cottages, Wherstead Road, Ipswich. Present at the death – Miss True Smith, of  3, Junction Cottages, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

Residence: 3, Junction Cottages, 266, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Railway Labourer.

Enlistment Date: 8th May 1909.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914 – France.


Served in the Soudan campaign and throughout the South African war. Charles joined the 4th Suffolks in the early days of Territorial Forces. He was one of the first to volunteer for foreign service.


Severely wounded April 1915 during the second battle of Ypres. Listed as wounded 16th May 1915.

Discharged: 21st June 1916 – wounded.


Rank: Private/Signaller; Service Number: 1488.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Silver War Badge.


Laid to rest Friday, 27th June 1919.

Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,





1881   14, Portland Street, Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland.


Charles was 2 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Bernard Docherty, 41, born Ayr, Ayrshire.

Mary Docherty (nee Guthrie), 38, born Prestwick, Ayrshire.

William Guthrie Docherty, 15, a Plumber’s Apprentice, born  Prestwick.

Mary Docherty, 14, a General Servant, born Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Jane Manson Docherty, 12, born Glasgow.

David Elliot Docherty, 7, Troon.

Helen Docherty, 5, Troon.

(Image of the Docherty family late 1880’s, Charles bottom right. Image courtesy of the McKellar/Docherty family.)


1891   14, Portland Street, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Charles was 12 years old and living with his father & siblings.

Bernard, 51.

Jane, 22.

Helen, 15.

David, 17.

Andrew Guthrie Docherty, 9, born Troon.

John Docherty, 7, born Elderslie, Renfrewshire.

1 lodger.


In 1891, Charles’s mother, Mary was visiting the Guthrie family at Victoria Cottage, Sandgate, Monkton & Prestwick.


1911   21, Westcombe Hill, East Greenwich, S.E.


Charles was 30 years old, a Ship’s Joiner. He was living with his sister, brother-in-law and nieces.

David Graham Downie, 45, a Mechanical Engineer – London County Council Tramways Generating Station, born Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.

Jane Manson Downie (nee Docherty), 42.

Mary Isabella Downie, 17, a Clerk – Diamond Merchant, born Streatham. London.

Jane McDonald Downie, 15, a Clerk – Cigarette Merchant, born Streatham, London.

Helen Rose Downie, 13, born Streatham, London.

Margaret Downie, 8, born Streatham, London.

Edwina Alberta Downie, 11 months, Streatham, London.



The funeral of Pte. Charles Docherty, late of the 4th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, took place on Friday last, the remains being laid to rest in the Field of Honour at the Ipswich Cemetery. The coffin, of polished oak, with brass fittings, bore the inscription – “Charles Docherty, died June 24th, 1919.” Some of deceased’s comrades in the Battalion acted as bearers, whilst a party of Comrades of the Great War followed behind. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. A.J. Wynne, curate of St. Mary Stoke. Floral tributes were sent by friends in the 4th Suffolks, old chums at the Lifeboat, the Ipswich Women’s Guild, and Comrades of the Great War.

Editors note: (The Lifeboat was a pub at 381-383, Wherstead Road, Ipswich)




(obituary July 1919)

We regret to announce the death of Charles Docherty. This old soldier after serving in the Soudan campaign and throughout the South African war, came to reside in Ipswich. He joined the 4th Suffolks in the early days of Territorial Forces, and when war broke out, in spite of being nearer 50 than 40, he was one of the first to volunteer for foreign service, and went out to France, where he served until April 15th, being severely wounded during the second battle of Ypres. “Jock,” as he was affectionately known by everyone in the Battalion, was the cheeriest soul alive, in fact the tighter the corner, the merrier was “Jock.” Many a young and old soldier, too, will never forget his helping hand, and as long as any of the old Battalion are left to gather together, so long will stories be told of “Jock” and his exploits.

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion

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