Private Charles Frederick Tempest Price

16th Battalion Manchester Regiment

Charles was born in 1891, the son of John Frederick and Edith Price, of Cecil Avenue, Ashton-on-Mersey, Cheshire.  His father was a solicitor and Manchester County Coroner. 

Charles was educated at Malvern College and Manchester Grammar School.  He followed his father into the legal profession and passed his final exams in June 1914.  In his first employment as a solicitor, he was articled to Mr Brownson, the Town Clerk to Hyde District Council. 

He enlisted in the 16th Battalion, Manchester Regiment on 3 September 1914. His Battalion, after 16 months stationed in England, landed in France on 8 November 1915.  After only 7 months’ active service Charles was killed by a sniper.  He was 25.

His officer, Captain W. Elstob, wrote that he was killed on sentry duty in the trenches: “I was standing at his side and he practically fell into my arms.  He was killed instantly by a sniper’s bullet through the head, falling backwards without a murmur.”

Charles Price is buried in Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, Somme, France and commemorated on our                      War Memorial at St. John’s.


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