Regiment : 5th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry
Service number : 10044
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 16th September 1916
Buried : Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, France, Grave X. B. 7.
Birthplace : Martley, Worcestershire, resident Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, enlisted Hereford
Memorial : Malvern WW1 War Memorial
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Malvern News, 7th October 1916:
Corporal C. Attwood, King’s Shropshire Light Infantry (the brother of Mrs Lockyer of Upper Howsell Post Office) was killed on the 15th September. He was a member of the Old Army and went to France at the outbreak of war and was wounded at Ypres in June 1915. Mrs Lockyer, received a letter from Sgt H Beeston: “It is with great regret that I have to announce to you that your dear brother has been killed in action. It may be a consolation to know that his death was instantaneous. He was killed by a bullet whilst gallantly leading his platoon in a charge. Your loss is very much our loss, as I am very proud to say that Chris was a very big chum of mine and as I come from Worcester and know Malvern very well, many’s the time that your brother and I have passed more than one solitary hour away talking of old haunts. It is needless to say how personally I feel his death as I had always found him a very staunch comrade, at all times one of the bravest soldiers. I apologise for having to open your letter to get your address: I hope you forgive me. I have distributed the cigarettes among his pals – they were many. I have written to his parents at Hereford, telling them the sad news, hoping they will take it well, also yourself.” On the day that Corporal C. Attwood was killed in action, Mrs Lockyer’s other brother, Pat A. Attwood of the Worcesters was gassed for the second time.
A photograph of Corporal C. Attwood of Malvern Link can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 21st October 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.