As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page about 2nd Lieutenant Alick Thomas Bentall Charlesworth, who died 30 May 1917 while serving with the Royal Flying Corps. He is buried in St. Mary and St. Peter’s Churchyard, Harlaxton, Lincolnshire, U.K.
Here is the local Cowichan Leader newspaper report of the death of 2nd Lieutenant Alick Thomas Bentall Charlesworth:
“Second Lieut. A.T.B. Charlesworth
Many in Cowichan will be grieved to hear of the death of Second Lieut. Alick Thomas Bentall Charlesworth, Royal Fying Corps. He met with an accident in England. Born in Zanzibar 24 years ago, and educated in England, he came to the Island in 1909 and lived with his parents in Westholme. He entered the surveying profession, subsequently enlisted and was quartered in Duncan with No.2 Co. 88th Bn. On arrival in England he was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. He leaves a wife (formerly MIss Price of Ganges), now in England; his mother is a matron at a hospital in Blandford; his father Mr. A.R.D. Charlesworth, returned last week to Victoria after serving with the A,S.C. in Egypt and Salonica.”
(Source: Cowichan Leader, 14 June 1917, in Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives collections)
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission shows Alick Thomas Bentall Charlesworth as “Son of A. L. I. and Gertrude S. Charlesworth; husband of Elizabeth Rosina May Charlesworth, of Bell Apartments, Cook St., Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.”
Here are links to additional information about Alick Thomas Bentall Charlesworth:
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- St. Mary and St. Peter’s Church, Harlaxton
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission information on Harlaxton (SS Mary and Peter) Churchyard
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