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Charles John Kingshott

Charles John Kingshott was a Private in the 5th Battalion, the Dorsetshire Regiment. His service number was 10309.

Charles was born c.1888 in Thursley, Surrey to Edmund Kingshott (b.1861 in Fernhurst, Sussex) & Mary nee Moore. He was the eldest of thirteen children. 


Charles married Emma Mildred Lilian Moores, who was from Chatham in Kent, in 1908. They had three children before Charles died. These were Charles John Kingshott, William Bob Kingshott & Edith Kingshott.


Charles joined the Dorsetshire Regiment very early on in the Great War, on 31st August 1914. He served in the Balkans and was sadly killed in action at Gallipoli, Turkey, on 21st August 1915. He is officially still listed as missing, presumed dead. He was posthumously entitled to the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 1914-15 Star.

Charles's body was never recovered and remains somewhere on the Gallipoli peninsula. He is commemorated both on the Haslemere war memorial in Surrey and the Helles Memorial in Turkey.

Charles was my 5th cousin three times removed. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal and the Victory Medal. 

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