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9 Dec 1918
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Charles Ferns Moorhead was born in Baldock, Hertfordshire in 1887.
His father Samuel, a watchmaker & his mother Rebecca were from Ireland. He was 1 of 8 children.
In 1911 he is 24 years old & living at 'Roseneath' Avondale Road, Luton. He is working as a shorthand typist at the rubber heel company. 2 of his younger brothers are also working at the rubber heel company, Alexander is 22, a commercial head clerk & 18 year old Alfred is a junior clerk. His elder brother Thomas is 25 & is an advertisements assistant manager at a patent medicine company, 20 year old Samuel is a compositor foreman at a general publishers. Their mother is now widowed & his sister Ethel is 21 & keeps house.
Charles enlisted into the 3rd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment on 20th September 1915. He is living at 14 Cardiff Grove at this time. He is described as 5ft 8 inches tall with black hair. He did not serve abroad as the Battalion went to the Harwich Garrison in Felixstowe to defend the coast. It was their base for the duration of the war, where they provided home defence and training for other soldiers for front line duties.
Charles was discharged from the army on 12th September 1916 after serving 1 year with the regiment. His pension record states that in August 1914 he had had a nervous breakdown but was recovered enough to return to work & was passed fit enough for home service. He continued his training for about 4 weeks but he then suffered another episode, they found that his condition was not caused but aggravated by ordinary military service.
Charles died on 9th December 1918 & was buried in the cemetery on Crawley Green Road.