The Fallen of Harlow in WW1: Charles Henry Skingle

WW1 The Fallen / Sat 13th Nov 2021 at 05:32pm

CHARLES’ parents were Charles Daniel Skingle, born in Hatfield Broad Oak in 18591 and Susannah Reynolds, born in Sawbridgeworth in 18622.

They married on 5 April 1881 in Sawbridgeworth and Charles Henry Skingle was born in Harlow in the summer of 1885.

The 1891 census recorded Charles residing in Bury Road, Harlow with his parents and siblings Martha, William, Florence and Thomas. Charles Snr. was working as a Postman. Charles married Winifred Kezia Hopkins in Kuala Lumpur in the Federal Malay States on 29 April 19115. The couple had three children: Florence, Harry and Joseph and lived at Longburton, Sherbourne, Dorset. Charles’ father died in December 19146 aged 55, following an accident at Harlow (now Mill) Station whilst carrying mail sacks across the track.

Private Charles Henry Skingle, 68904, enlisted in Aldershot in The Royal Army Medical Corps. In December 1915, Charles was posted to Alexandria and spent two years serving in different locations. By the start of 1918 he was posted to Gaza where he worked in the 66th casualty clearing station. Charles developed Typhus Fever and was admitted to hospital on 22 January 1918 where he died on 30 January 1918, aged 33. Charles is buried in the Gaza War Cemetery, Israel. Plot 13, row F, grave 14. Register Index Number P8.

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