William Henry Charlton was born in Beverley 14 January 1900. His parents were Thomas Edward Charlton and Sarah Ellen Charlton nee Wilson.
Billy was called up in February 1918 and trained with the Durham Light Infantry after arriving in France on 17 August 1918 he was transferred to the 5th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment).
Private Billy Charlton, aged 18, died of wounds in hospital at Rouen, France, 16 November 1918, five days after the Armistice had ended the fighting. He is buried at the St Severin Cemetery Extension in Rouen. He was awarded the War and Victory medals.
Billy is remembered on the Hengate Memorial and the East Riding Memorial in the Minster; also on St Mary’s Church and St Mary’s Boys’ school rolls of Honour.
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