Private Charles Beresford

Unit/Regiment South Wales Borderers
Battalion 2nd Service Number 15174
Theatre of War first served in Balkans Date of entry therein 10/05/1915
Age at Death 38 Date of Death 21/08/1915
Burial/Memorial Reference Helles Memorial Panel 80 to 84 or 219 and 220
CWGC Family Details Husband of Minnie Ellen Beresford, of 7, Park Grove, Park Rd., Hockley, Birmingham.
Family & Census Details Charles Beresford was born in Birmingham in 1875, the first child of Christopher and Elizabeth Beresford. In 1881 the family was living at 25 Barr St. West in Birmingham and the six year old Charles had a baby sister Clara.

By 1891 the family had moved to 390 Lodge Road, Birmingham. Charles and his father were both working in a brass foundry whilst his mother was a draper, Clara was still at school. Charles was married to Minnie Ellen Pugh in 1897 and Harry Arthur, their first child, was subsequently born in 1898. In 1901 the family were living at 163 Hunters Road in Handsworth, Birmingham and Charles was still employed as a brass founder.

Whilst in Birmingham, Charles and Minnie had a further two children, Ellen Elizabeth and Elsie May

By 1911 the Beresfords had left their native Birmingham and moved to 27 Celynen Terrace, Newbridge, Mon. where Charles took a job in the local colliery working as an underground labourer. Whilst in Newbridge they had another daughter Minnie Irene who was born in 1912.
SDGW – Where Born Birmingham
Enlisted Newport, Mon Resided  
How Died Killed in action Theatre of War Balkan Theatre
Medal Entitlement 1914-15 Star

British War Medal

Victory Medal
Notes Commemorated on the Celynen Collieries Roll of Honour
Malcolm Stevens' article about Charles Beresford - The Ghosts of Gallipoli
Novel dedicated to Charles Beresford - Wales Online
Images Newbridge War Memorial - Civic commemoration
Celynen Collieries - Workplace commemoration
CWGC Memorial - Helles Memorial
Medal Card - WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
War Diary - 2nd South Wales Borderers 21/08/1915
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