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Charles Henry Mitchell 1890 - 1917 Adrian Birch 2017-07-31 06:07:00
Prince Albert's (Somerset Light Infantry)
1890 —1917


I died in Hell they called it


Seigfried Sassoon

A hundred years ago in the morning mist of Tuesday the 31st of July 1917 the 8th Battalion of the Somerset Light Infantry (SLI) were in the trenches awaiting their signal to “Go over the top” near a town known by the British Tommies as “Wipers”. Among them was Charles Henry Mitchell.

This was to be the third time that battles had been fought over the terrain around the Belgian town of Ypres. During that days intense fighting Charlie was missed and never seen again. The War Diaries of the 8th Battalion SLI say that one platoon suffered many casualties and by late afternoon it was impossible to bring in the wounded. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) records suggest that the Somerset Light Infantry lost about 60 men on the first day. The battles continued along the 15 mile front until November 1917 with losses on both sides of over 500,000. This battle will be forever known as Passchendaele.

Mitchell C.H. is remembered on the Parish War Memorial in the Creech St Michael Churchyard. He was the twelfth man from the parish to be killed, six more names were added before the official end to the Great War.

Charles Mitchell’s name is also on panel 21 the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, dedicated to the more than 54,000 officers and men whose bodies have been lost forever.

Before enlisting Charles was living with his wife Beatrice in Taunton. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Mitchell of Creech St Michael.

The information above is given in good faith from documents in the public domain. All material is subject to the data sources copyright.
E R J Chown BSc Hons © 2017



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