Charles Henry Raper (c.1896-1917)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

RAPER, CHARLES HENRY. Corporal. No 15054. 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Born Scammonden near Huddersfield. Son of Mr and Mrs J. H. Raper of Hullet Hall, Scammonden. Attended Pole Moor Baptist Sunday School. Employed in the dyehouse at Gosport Mills, Outlane. Enlisted December 1914. Died of wounds at No 2 Stationary Hospital on 15.11.1917, aged 21 years. Buried ABBEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION. Grave location:- Plot 3, Row E, Grave 6.
His parents received the following letter from a comrade of their son, who wrote 'I am writing the following on behalf of the 10th Platoon and myself. The death of your son Charles is a very big loss to us as he was loved by everyone in the Battalion, Officers, N.C.O's and men. Many are the times we have been together under severe shellfire but he was ever cool with the same pleasant smile on his face which put spirit into all around him. We were returning from the trenches when a shell burst not far from the platoon and poor Charles was the unfortunate one to be hit. He was wounded in the legs and he was well looked after by the boys who saw him down to the dressing station where they left him in the very best of spirits. It was a dreadful shock to us when we received the news of his death but there is still the consolation that we shall meet in a better land where wars are no more.'
ROH:- Clough Head Baptist Church; Pole Moor Baptist Church; St. James Church, Slaithwaite;

Commonwealth War Graves Commission