Trooper Charles Richard Woodside – Service Numbers 71563 & 1795

Charles was born 18 November 1895 in Belfast. He was the eldest child in his family, and had a brother and 5 sisters. In 1911, Charles (aged 15) was an Apprentice in a Linen Business – possibly working with his father who was a Handkerchief Sample Maker. At this time the family were living at Shaftesbury Avenue, Cromac, Belfast. During the war the family home lived at 97 Ardenlee Avenue, Belfast. Charles served with the North Irish Horse and Corps of Hussars in the Western Front. He died of exposure on 8 November 1918, aged 22, in France just days before the end of the war. He is buried in the Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery in France. A War Gratuity of £17 – 10s was paid to Charles’s father as a result of his death. Charles is commemorated on both the Cregagh and May Street Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour. He is also included on Woodstock Road war memorial.

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