(30) Charles Walter Thurtell
Third man to die in a week
Lance Sergeant Charles Walter Thurtell (30) lived at Hope Green, South Benfleet. He was born in December 1894 to Charles William and Emily Thurtell of 4 Endway (Essex Way). In the 1911 census he is shown as being a cowman.
He married Catharine Thomas on 8th April 1915 and they had a daughter Gwendoline Dillys on 4th November 1915 and a son Ypres Charles George Thurtell on 8th September 1918. On 24th January 1918 she was living at “Ivy Cottage” (No. 45), High Street.
He enlisted at Southend on 11th January 1916 and joined the 2nd Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment. He was promoted to Lance Corporal on 5th June 1916 and to Lance Sergeant on 7th December 1917. He was on leave from 27th December 1917 to 10th January 1918.
He was killed in action in France on 23rd March 1918, highly likely at the Battle of St. Quentin Canal, aged 24. The third Benfleet man to die in the first week of the German Spring Offensive.