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Charles Frew cap badgePrivate Charles Frew

15th (Service) Battalion Highland Light Infantry (1st Glasgow)
Service No: 36642

Charles Frew grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Robert (25/09/1864-28/12/1925) and Helen (Nellie) Morrison Frew (21/10/1872-08/12/1938) of 36 Paddock St, Coatbridge. From the 1901 Census - Address - 14 Sykeside St, Coatbridge - Robert Frew aged 36, Nellie Frew aged 28, Charles Frew aged 4, David Frew aged 2, Catherine Frew aged 3 months (05/09/1900-24/07/1959). Brother Robert (1905-1977) and sister Helen (1908-1986). Charles' brother David died at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on the 12/02/1915. Charles' Pension was awarded to his mother Helen on the 04/03/1918.

Born / Resided

10 Sykeside St, Coatbridge / 36 Paddock St, Coatbridge.


Killed in Action on the 15/07/1917 during the Operations on the Belgian Coast




Speedwell Iron Works.


20 / DOB - 18/11/1896

Buried / Remembered

Nieuport Memorial (Panel No. 20), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

he Nieuport Memorial commemorates 566 Commonwealth officers and men who were killed in Allied operations on the Belgian coast during the First World War and have no known grave. Twenty of those commemorated served with the Royal Naval Division and were killed or mortally wounded during the siege of Antwerp in October 1914. Almost all of the remainder fell in heavy fighting in the region of Nieuport in the summer of 1917.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 23/11/1915 and were part of the 97th Brigade, 32nd Division. Charles was reported missing on the 15/07/1917 during Operations on the Belgian Coast. His death was not confirmed until March 1918. He is also remembered on the Trinity Parish Church Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for Charles' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings x 2 (second one mentions Charles and his younger brother David), his Birth Certificate, Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration, Charles' name on the Nieuport Memorial x 2, his name on the Nieuport Memorial Panel List, the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and Charles' Pension Records x 2.

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Charles was the elder brother of my grand-father Robert. I do remember visiting my grand-father’s sisters when I was younger but have little knowledge, unfortunately, of his family. Goodness knows what horrors he saw and I am so proud of the part that me must have played. I can’t imagine what his family, and others like them, went through.
Alison, Coatbridge, 29/04/2023 7:33PM

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