CHARLES WILLIAM PEEL

2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Killed in Action during the second battle of Ypres on 24 April 1915, aged 26
Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium:
Panel 44-46
 

Charles was the son of William Felton Peel (1839-1907) and Sarah Edith (née Willoughby) Peel.

Charles was born in Manchester and was the youngest of three girls and four boys. In the 1891 census Charles, aged two, was living at Saltersford Hall, Church Hulme, Cheshire, with his father William and mother Edith. William, aged 51, was born in Tamworth and was a cotton merchant dealing with Egypt. Edith, aged 41, was born in Bombay, India. There was also a governess and six servants recorded in the census.

He has no known grave and is commemorated on on panel 44-46 of the Menin Gate in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. This is the memorial to some 54,000 officers and men with no known grave who remained missing in the Ypres Salient during the first Battle of Ypres from October to November 1914 and the second Battle of Ypres in April 1915. This was the occasion when German troops first used poison gas against the Allied lines, leading to an Allied withdrawal.

Charles is also remembered on the Hartfield war memorial as he lived for a time at White House, Hartfield.

Kevin Tillett