Charles Medland


Charles Medland
With  Thanks to Peter Bailey  for this research.

Charlie Medland

Charles, or Charlie as he was known, was born in 1890 at Marshgate, near Camelford to Thomas and Ann Medland and later moved to Polinnick Cottage. After leaving school he worked as a farm labourer for Walter Smith at Egloskerry.
At the outbreak of World War 1 he joined the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry  6th Battalion Lance Corporal 17128.
After their training the Battalion landed at Boulogne in May 1915 as part of 43 Brigade, 14th Light Division. The Division saw action at Hooge and Bellewaarde in the Ypres salient and had the dubious honour of being the first to be attacked by flame throwers!
By August 1916 the 6th Battalion was in the line of attack on German trenches in and beyond the Northern edge of the Bois de Ville at Longueval, know to the soldiers as Devils Wood, and was the scene of fierce fighting and many casualties.
The area encountered intense German shelling and Charlie was Killed in Action on the 18 Aug 1916 quite likely due to the heavy shelling as his body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing. Thiepval Memorial

charlie medland         Charlie Medland