L/Cpl 25181 West Yorkshire Regiment, Prince of Wales Own. 15th Battalion, 1st Leeds Pals

Although little military documentation exists for Lance Corporal Charles Naylor, two crucial pieces of information helped in the research of this man. The WW1 Effects Register lists his mother as Mary E Naylor and the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 confirms he was born in Leeds. Using this information it can be ascertained that his parents, Thomas and Mary Ellen, produced a son Charles in May 1890 and were living in Wortley when he was baptised at the Wesleyan-Methodist Chapel on 5th June (Source: Baptism Register). In 1901 the family, which included his sister Annie, who was 3 years of age, were living at 12 Scott Square, Wortley. By 1901 they had moved to 46 Tong Road; his father was a Wool Scourer and there was an additional girl in the family, Mary Ann aged 8. By 1911 Charles had joined his father at the Woollen Mill as a labourer and they were residing at 37 Addingham Street, Wortley, although his mother and sisters are not mentioned in the same 1911 Census (Sources: 1891, 1901 and 1911 Censuses).

He enlisted in Leeds in the 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment and, before transferring to the 15th Battalion, was attached to the 24th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. In December 1917, when the two Pals battalions were amalgamated, he joined the new 15/17th Battalion and in March 1918 was in the reserve line at Hazebrouck and was killed in action, aged 27, on 24/3/1918 (probably by shellfire) (Source: 15/17th Battalion War Diary). His body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial (Source: CWGC). After the war his family received his British War and Victory Medals (Source: Medal Index Card).  

Researchers: Peter Taylor and David J Owen

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