Charles Henry Read was born in Norwich in Norfolk in around 1885. He was the son of Charles and Alice Read. Charles and Alice Green did not marry until 1902, so Charles Henry may have been registered as Green. In 1901 Charles Henry was aged 16, a shoe cutter. His father is listed as a retired Baker living in Barn Road, Norwich. In 1906 Charles Henry married Edith Spooner and in 1911 they were living at 35 Goldsmith St, Dereham Road, Norwich. He was a boot maker and they had a son Charles William, aged 4.
Some time after this, Charles Henry moved to Rugby, to work at B.T.H. in the Controller Dept. He must have signed up towards the start of the way in the 1st Bn, Warwickshire Regiment (Private no. 3382) and landed in France on 4th May 1915.
From 1st April the Royal Warwicks was at Camblain-Chatelaine involved in training. On the 7th, there was a route march to Bethon-sart, continuing to “X” camp the next day. By 11th April they were in Dug-outs S of Athies
War Diaries of 1st Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
11 April 1917
2-3 a.m. Conference at Brigade Head Quarters and orders issued that 10th Brigade will attack at 12 noon Operation Order attached.
8.30 a.m. Battalion moved off to W. of Fampoux and arrived 10.00 a.m.
11.20 a.m. Battalion moved up to Assembly position on Sunken Road on E. edge of Fampoux and arrived 12 noon.
A & C Coys attack on 2 Coy frontage of 500x per Coy and B Coy follow in near as carriers.
12 noon Attack commences and 1st R. Irish Fus. and 2nd Seaforth Highlanders start going forward
12.10 p.m. A & C Coys followed by B Coy follow these Battalions, our Battalion supporting 1st R. Irish Fus. The enemy shelled our Assembly positions heavily and we had many casualties before starting.
The enemy’s M. Gun fire held up our attack almost from the start and the Brigade consolidated a line about 400x in front of the Assembly position.
Both Brigades on our right and left were held up also by M. Gun fire.
Enemy put up a heavy barrage on Assembly positions and vicinity.
Battalion dug in and held a line from Huddue Trench at H.18.a.0.9 to H.18.b,1,3 with Seaforth Highlanders on left and 1st R Irish Fus on right.
Enemy fairly quiet at night. Very cold and snow.
Officer casualties are given 2nd Lieuts 2 killed, 1 wounded and missing, 5 wounded.
Heavy shelling of Fampoux continued for several days and on the 20th Apr, the Battalion was relieved by the 8th Lincolnshire Regt.
Total casualties for the period 9th to 21st Incl.
Killed 2 Officers 43 Other Ranks (includes 10 died of wds since)
Wounded and missing 1 Officer – Other Ranks
Wounded 5 Officers 173 Other Ranks
Missing – Officers 33 Other Ranks
Missing believed wounded -Officers 1 Other Ranks.
Both Joseph Vincent Cleaver and Charles Henry Read died on 11th April, probably in this action.
Charles Henry Read was buried at Fampoux British Cemetery.
He is also listed on the B.T.H. War Memorial.
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