Those who served – and some of their families

poppyOver 270 men from Charing served. Some were regulars, some enlisted in the early days of the war, some later. These panels look at volunteering and conscription and at a few of the families of those who served, some of whom never returned. Many families lost one member. The Hardwicks, Sages and Woodcocks lost two. All three of the Towner brothers who enlisted died. There were some happier stories, however, and our final panel looks at two men with Charing connections who won the VC.


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40 Serving men
Serving in the First World War
7 Woodcocks
The Woodcock family: uncle and nephew died but two sons survived
8 Hardwicks
The Hardwick family: soldiers and VAD nurses
31 Methodist 1 Ellen A2
The Ellen family, who lost one of their five sons
6 Towners
The Towner family where three brothers died
48 Charing Heath church 1
Cousins in arms: the Sage family
32 Methodist 2 A2
Farmers’ sons: Fuller and Jenkins
33 Methodist 3 Nelson & Spillett A2
Farm boys: Nelson and Spillett
For Valour: Victoria Cross winners