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Date of Birth
Date of Death
11 Apr 1917
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Charles William Soper, 32160, 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment was killed in action in France on April 11th, 1917. He was aged 23.
In a letter to parents Charles and Jane Soper at 81 Boyle Street, Luton, Second Lieut Dudley W. Wright wrote that their son was killed during the last great advance on April 11th. Charles was shot through the head and his death must have been instantaneous.
Since leaving school, Pte Soper worked as a moulder at the Diamond foundry in Dallow Road, where he was known as Jim. He joined the Beds Regiment in May 1914 and saw service in Egypt from July 1915. He was invalided home with dysentery and, after recuperating at Halton Camp, went to France in November 1916.
[Official military records say Pte Soper was killed in action on April 12th]