POST CODE: B63 2UL

ADDRESS: Churchyard, St Peter’s Church, Church Road, Cradley

GPS Location:  N. 52.46414555  W. -2.08888465

Memorial Location:  Section B, Row 15, Grave No 251

Charles W Fowkes

Stoker 1st Class. Royal Navy. Number K/12738  Died 29 November 1918 aged 27yrs

Following the Armistice signing Charles Fowkes became the second Cradley victim to succumb to the flu pandemic in November 1918.

Charles was 5 feet 2 ½ inch tall, lived at 76, Lodge Forge, Cradley, had been a pupil at Colley Lane School and worked as a stoker in a brickyard. On September 11th 1911 he enlisted into the Royal Navy for a period of 12 years.

During his career he was posted to HMS Europa, HMS Renown, HMS Zealandia, HMS Fisgard and HMS Victory II.  Finally, on July 20th 1918 when he joined the destroyer HMS Conflict.

Charles died of pneumonia on Friday, November 29th 1918 at Haslar Royal Hospital, Gosport, Hampshire, and was buried on December 5th 1918 in St. Peter’s Churchyard, Cradley.

The family inscription on his headstone reads:

HE GAVE HIS LIFE

FOR KING AND COUNTRY

Charles Fowkes - Audio Commentary
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