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  cap badgePrivate Charles Alfred Tedford

1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers
Service No: 7354

Charles Alfred Tedford grave

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Personal details

Family Information

Son of Nicholas (1844-10/01/1920) and Ann Eliza Haire Tedford (1845-08/02/1893) of 15 Irwin St, Portadown. Parents were married on the 01/05/1867. Husband of Susan Sloan Tedford (18/06/1884- ) of 2 Bank Lane, Bank St, Coatbridge. Father of 3 children, Nicholas Tedford born 02/06/1909, Robert Sloan Tedford born 20/10/1911 and Charlotte Tedford born 12/11/1914. Charles never met his daughter. From the 1901 Ireland Census - Address - 91.2 West Street, Portadown Urban, Armagh, Ireland - Pooler Mulholland aged 23, Jane Mulholland aged 22, lodger Charles Tedford aged 17. Charles had 5 siblings, brother Herbert Tedford aged 40, sisters Emma Matilda Jane Cranson (nee Tedford) aged 48 (25/09/1869-28/06/1961), Susan (Susanna) Ellen Tedford aged 44 (26/02/1873-18/06/1944), Anna Maria Best (nee Tedford) aged 35 (10/01/1880-06/01/1951) and Maggie Metcalf (nee Tedford) aged 33 (28/03/1883-25/05/1952). Ages were taken from Charles' Service Record (8) on the 28/05/1919. Other brothers were Thomas George Tedford (08/02/1868-1875) and Charles Nicholas Tedford (20/02/1879- /06/1879). Other sister was Lavinia Caroline Tedford (11/10/1871-1873) Charles' Pension was awarded to his wife Susan on the 22/11/1915. She remarried and became Susan McCormick.

Born / Resided

Portadown, Co. Armagh / 2 Bank Lane, Bank St, Coatbridge

Died

Killed in Action 25/04/1915 near Ypres

Enlisted

Portadown 1914 and Portadown on the 01/01/1902

Employed

Tinsmith in the Tinplate Works, Whifflet and Woodside Ironworks / Reservist

Age

29 / DOB - 02/12/1885

Buried / Remembered

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 42), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917 and have no known grave. Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

Additional Information

Charles is mentioned in the Medal Rolls for the Boer War and for his enlistment on the 01/01/1902. The same Service Number (7354) is listed. This makes Charles older than his stated age (see photos). Charles returned home to Portadown to enlist at the outbreak of war. He fell at the Secord Battle of Ypres. The Faughs had been ordered to recapture the small town of St Julien on 25th April 1915. Along with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, they attacked. It was futile. Charles was among the missing, and his body was never recovered. His Great Grandaughter Jane Tedford Stirling put her Great Grandfather's name forward for the Roll of Honour at the Tower of London "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red". Private Charles Tedford was honoured at the Tower on 16th October 2014. A huge thank you to Jane for information on her Great Grandfather. Very much appreciated. Charles is listed as LANCE CORPORAL on the Memorial. Charles' older brother Herbert also served and survived. Herbert's son was taken prisoner in Singapore in WW2 (see photos for Herbert's Medal Index Card, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his son James' photo and his Prisoner of War Card). Charles is also remembered on the Portadown War Memorial, the Lurgan and District Roll of Honour, Drumpellier United Free Church Roll of Honour and in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour (see photos). See photos for Charles' Medal Index Card, his Newspaper clippings, the Portadown War Memorial listing Charles x 5 (one of myself there taken on the 05/06/2021 by my good friend Jay Beattie). Charles' name on the Menin Gate Memorial x 2, Charles listed on the 1901 Ireland Census, his CWGC Grave Registration, his name on the Menin Gate Memorial Panel List, his listing in the Ireland Casualties WW1, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his Medal entitlement (South Africa) x 2, his Service Records x 16, Charles' Pension Records x 2 and the Royal Irish Fusiliers Cap Badge.

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