Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 10207
Date of Death: 05/10/1914
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment 2nd Bn.
Grave Reference Plot 34 Row 1 Grave 25.
Cemetery LEVALLOIS-PERRET COMMUNAL CEMETERY, PARIS
Born in 1894 at South Woodford, son of Henry (Coal Carman) and Eliza Nightingale. 1901: With his family at 12 Chase Road South Woodford. 1911: A Van Guard on the Great Eastern Railway with his mother and some siblings at 22 Chase Road South Woodford. At the time of the Census his father was in the West Ham Workhouse Union Road Leytonstone, and died there later in the year. His mother worked as a Charwoman.
Because of his rank, the Battalion and date of death, it is believed that Charles Nightingale had left the Railway and was a regular soldier in Chatham when war broke out in 1914. He has no record in the GER Roll of Honour.
On 24-08-14 the Battalion landed in Le Havre, and was involved in the Battles of Le Cateau and the Marne among others during this period of frantic fighting to stop the German advance.
Early in October they were involved in the defence of Missy sur Aisne, with the Germans entrenched only 350 yards away, and ‘B’ Company particularly suffering from sniper fire. On 03-10-14 Germans shelled the Essex positions every quarter of an hour during the day, which stopped works to improve the defences. One man was killed, two wounded. The shelling began again on 04-10 at 10.00. Things were quieter on 05-10 until what was described as “brisk shelling” began at 17.00, and then sniping on the East of the village from 17.30. At 18.00 the Battalion was relieved by French Forces. Charles Nightingale was one of those Killed by the enemy action on 05-10-14.
He was the first of the brothers to be lost.
X/R Rfm. Henry James Nightingale (1915) L/C Frederick John Nightingale (1915) Trooper Walter Henry Nightingale (1917) (Brothers)
Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Find my Past. Battalion History.
Qualification: Borough Resident.