Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
15 Jan 1918
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Floral tributes with the words "A Hero of Mons" were borne on the Union flag-covered coffin of Driver Charles Mayhew, 41932, 8th Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery, when he was buried with full military honours at Biscot Churchyard in January 1918.
Born into a Suffolk family, Charles died on January 15th, 1918, at the home of his married brother Alfred ('Dick') at 54 Hampton Road, Luton. He had been discharged from the Army as medically unfit after being invalided home about a year earlier following an illness contracted in service at Mons, Marne, Ypres and La Bassee.
Following his discharge, Charles had worked at the Skefko Ball Bearing Co, and about 30 of his former workmates were present at the funeral service at Holy Trinity Church, Biscot, conducted by the Rev S. H. Collins (Vicar). His coffin had been borne on a gun carriage accompanied by buglers and a firing party from Biscot.
Charles was born in Fressingfield, Suffolk, a son of Samuel and Louisa Mayhew. He had moved to Luton by 1901, when the Census described him as a 15-year-old boarder living with George and Alice Stygall at 13 Grove Road, Luton. Charles's sister Alice had married straw hat worker George Stygall in London in January 1895.
Charles had enlisted in the R.F.A. originally in 1906 and was called from reserve on the outbreak of war. It was his own wish that he should be buried at Biscot.