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Charles Kenneth Valentine


Charles Kenneth Valentine was born in the spring of 1883, the youngest of ten children born to George and Letitia Jane Valentine (née Wardlow). The Valentine family came from Belfast at some point in the 1870s with six children.

Early Life

By the time of the 1881 Census, the family were living in the Manchester area. George was an Accountant and would have been aged about 40 when Charles was born. In 1891 they were recorded as living at 69 Ellesmere Street, in Moss Side. Their eldest daughter, Annie (aged 23) was employed as a Cashier in a restaurant; William (aged 21) was working as a Teacher, as was Mary Alice (aged 20); Elizabeth (aged 18) was also employed, but her occupation was illegible; Thomas (aged 18) was a Clerk; Gertrude (aged 16) was a Shorthand Writer; Margaret (aged 12), George (aged nine), Percy (aged nine) and Charles, were all still at school.

George died in 1900 (aged 57). Letitia Valentine was recorded as the head of the family in the 1901 Census. The family had by then moved to 5 The Polygon, in Broughton, which was to be their family home for the next 14 years at least. Charles (aged 17) was a Pupil Teacher, following in the footsteps of his oldest brother, William, who was then an Assistant Teacher. Letitia died in 1906 in Broughton and William became the head of the family.

In 1911, most of the family were still at the same address. Mary, Margaret and Percy had left home, but the other siblings, all still unmarried, continued to live together. It is possible that by this date both Charles, by then employed as an Elementary School Teacher, and his older brother George, an Insurance Agent, had already enlisted in the Territorial Army.

Chester College

Charles attended Chester Teacher Training College and left in 1904.

Military Service

Charles (Number 253) and his brother George (Number 141) both served as Sergeants in the 1st/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. The 1st/6th had been raised in Salford in August 1914 and landed at Gallipoli in May 1915. The action, which cost Charles his life and saw his brother George wounded, took place in early June 1915, just two months after they had landed on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Lest We Forget

Charles was killed on the June 5. He was killed in the same attack as another Chester College graduate, George Whittaker, Private 1608 in the 1st/6th Manchester Regiment.

Post Mortem

Charles was awarded the 1914-1915 Star and the British War and Victory Medals. The balance of his Army pay was paid on December 10, 1915 to his unmarried sister Annie. Charles is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, in Turkey.