|Royal Horse Artillery||41208||"N" Battery; 1st Battion; 5th Brigade|
|Royal Field Artillery||41208||238 London Brigade|
Derbyshire Courier 24 August 1918
Charles was born in 1883 at Hilton, the son of Joseph and Agnes Wain. After living in the Etwall area of Derby the family moved to Ambergate where Charles worked as an engine driver in the Johnson and Nephew wireworks. In April 1914 he married Constance Gertrude Daniel at Ripley. Aged twenty-one, Charles enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery at Uttoxeter in January 1906. He was in Connaught Hospital, Aldershot during February 1907 with contusion of the knee, and in January 1908 he gained his first good conduct badge. In January 1909 he was transferred to the Army Reserve until August 1914, when he was mobilised at Athlone and in the September was posted to France. On 8th August 1918 he was killed in action, aged thirty-four, and was buried at the Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension near Amiens.
His wife, Constance, was sent Charles’ property of metal chain and whistle, three discs, belt, ribbon, knife, wound stripes, pipe, badge, comb, wallet, cards, photo, letters, two Old Testaments and a sprig of heather. She was awarded a pension of 29s 7d per week for herself and their three children.
1918 Voters List
Charles Wain, Whatstandwell, absent on military service.
Army Service Record
When he first enlisted in 19/01/06 he was aged 21 years 5 months a farm labourer from Etwall, His height was 5ft 4¼in, weight 136lb. He had grey eyes and auburn hair with two moles on his right shoulder blade and one on his left shoulder blade.
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 14 Star Medals.
His father was Joseph Wain of Ambergate; mother Agnes; brothers Joseph of Hilton, Frederick; sisters Dora Richardson of Doveridge, Estella ? of Doveridge, Priscilla. He married Constance Gertrude Daniel at Ripley 11/04/14 and they had twins Beryl and Marjorie born 11/08/14 at Wirksworth and a son Eric Charles born 02/03/18. On an unspecified date he applied for permission to reside in Canada.
19/01/06 Attested Uttoxeter
30/03/06 Posted RFA
23/02/07 Contusion of right knee at Connaught, Aldershot
05/10/07 Posted RFA
19/01/08 Granted first G C Badge
19/01/09 Transferred army reserve
06/08/14 Mobilized at Athlone
07/08/14 Posted Driver
19/01/06 to 09/09/14 Home
09/04/15 Posted Driver
10/02/16 To hospital with tonsilitis
29/02/16 Posted Driver
02/03/16 Discharged to Detail Camp Etaples
07/03/16 Posted Driver 34 Btty
20/04/16 Posted 1/5 London Field Artillery Bde
14/05/16 Posted 238 London Bde RFA
10/09/14 to 19/03/18 France
20/03/18 to 04/04/18 Furlough to UK via Havre
05/04/18 to 08/08/18 France
08/08/18 Killed in action
18/10/18 His wife, Constance, was sent Charles' property of metal chain and whistle, 3 discs, belt, ribbon, knife, wound stripes, pipe, badge, comb, wallet, cards, photo, letters, 2 old testament, sprig of heather.
21/02/19 His wife was awarded a pension of 29/7 per week for herself and three children
Medal Index Card
Charles Wain 1st relief TBD RFA Driver 41208
He was awarded the British War, Victory and 14 Star Medals.
Qualifying date 8.9.14
Derbyshire Times 24 August 1918
WHATSTANDWELL SOLDIER'S FATAL WOUNDS
The sad news was received by Mrs Wain, of Whatstandwell, at the end of last week, that her husband Driver Charles Wain of the Royal Horse Artillery had died from the effects of wounds received in action in France on the 8th inst. He was born at Milton Cotton about 34 years ago and later on his parents came to Ambergate where they still are. Previous to enlisting some years ago he was employed at the Ambergate Wireworks. After serving ? years he came home and was on the ? and when the war broke out he was amongst the first to be called up. He leaves a widow and three children, the eldest being four years and the youngest five months.
Derbyshire Courier, 24 August 1918
CRICH, LEA & HOLLOWAY
A letter received by Mrs C. Wain, of the School House, Whatstandwell, on Thursday of last week, conveyed the sad news to her that her husband Driver Charles Wain, had died of wounds in France. The letter, written by the commanding officer, said that Driver Wain was wounded was going into action on 9 August, and died as he was being carried in. Driver Wain, who was a reservist, was called up at the outbreak of war, and he has been in France nearly four years. Throughout this period he went through unscathed, although his mates and his horses have been killed by his side. He leaves, in addition to his widow, three children, all born since he was called up. Two are twin girls. Driver Wain, who was 34 years of age, was much respected both in the Ambergate and Crich district. Before the war he was employed at the Ambergate Wire Works.
|Regiment/Service||Royal Horse Artillery|
|Unit||"N" Bty., 5th Bde.|
|Date of Death||08/08/18|
|Additional Information||Son of Joseph and Agnes Wain, of Hilton Common, Etwall, Derby; husband of Constance Gertrude Wain, of School House, Whatstandwell, Matlock, Derby.|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||Plot 2. Row F. Grave 9|
|Cemetery||CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION|
Soldiers' Effects Book
Charles Wain; N 5 Bde RFA; Driver 41208; killed in action 8.8.18; War Gratuity 323 10s 0d; paid out to:
15.10.18 widow Constance G £13 4s 8d
10.2.20 widow Constance G £23 10s 0d
|Joseph Hill||Wain||Head||39||General Labourer||Sudbury|
RG12 piece 2197 folio 30 page 13
|Charles||Wain||son||25||Engine driver (stationary)||Hilton|
|Thomas||Wain||son||17||Office boy wireworks||Doveridge|
|Cuthbert||Wain||daughter (sic)||10||School boy||Doveridge|
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His army record shows his regimental number as 41208, the war graves record show 41205 which is probably a typo error.