Laid to rest at the Field of Honour


Born: 1923, Suffolk.

Died: 20th March 1943; age: age: 19; at Epping, Essex.

Residence: Ipswich.

Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 6923707.

Regiment: The Rifle Brigade, Prince Consort’s Own, 70th Battalion.

Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Charles Westbrook & Mabel Westbrook, of Ipswich.

Father: Charles Westbrook, born 1881, Fulham, Middlesex – died 1935, Ipswich, a Boot Repairer.

Mother: Mabel Maud M. Westbrook (nee Markham), born 1887, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Photograph and family information courtesy of Gillian:

The day they got the news. My grandmother, who had been widowed in 1935, was at a family wedding reception of a cousin at the Westgate Ward Social Club in Prospect Street Ipswich. My mother, then 15, was also at the wedding as were, I am sure, other sisters. My mum remembers either a policeman or someone from the army coming to call my mother out of the party to tell her Charlie had been killed at his barracks by the ‘accidental discharge of a firearm’. To this day, we do not know what happened. My grandmother, like too many others, never got over it. 

Remembrance Day – Charlie, the Boy Who Never Came Home

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