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liverpool annie

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Charles Russell Chaffey - 23rd Manchester Regiment
« on: August 16, 2009, 08:54:29 PM »


Can I add something Mack ? ... I came across this looking for something else !!  :)

Charles Francis Chaffey: (1858-1934)  Born in Brockville, Ontario.  His life was closely tied to his brother George Chaffey.  He took charge of the Renmark Australia colony in 1888, remaining some years after the Chaffey Brothers company folded. Olivewood  was his home in Renmark and was built of pine logs in 1889.  It was set in spacious grounds and surrounded by palm, olive and citrus trees.  Later, back in California, in July 1905, George Chaffey sent Charles Francis to Shepherd Creek to purchase the Shepherd Ranch, which by that time totalled more than 1,300 acres, to secure both the land and the water rights to the nearby streams for his envisioned colony.  Charles Francis moved his wife and six children into ranch home and transferred the property to his brother.  He became the first on-site manager of George's extensive landholdings in the vicinity.  They lived there until 1907, when Charles moved to a fruit ranch he had purchased near Vancouver, British Columbia. He became a prominent agriculturalist there with a street and elementary school named in his honor which are still in existence.  After 1930, Charles moved back to the Southern California area, near other members of the family.  Two of his sons, Charles Russell (1888-1917) and Walter Francis (1821-1915) died in WWI.  Charles Russell was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 23rd Manchester Regiment and was severely wounded while on patrol.  His grave was discovered later in a German cemetery with the English inscription with the words: “he died for his country on March 10th 1917 near Haller.”

In Memory of
Second Lieutenant CHARLES RUSSELL CHAFFEY

23rd Bn., Manchester Regiment
who died age 28
on 10 March 1917
Son of Mrs. M. E. Chaffey, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Previously served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Remembered with honour
FOUQUESCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY

In Memory of
Private WALTER FRANCIS CHAFFEY

28822, 16th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)
who died age 24
on 22 April 1915
Son of Charles F. and M. Ella Chaffey, of Central Park, Vancouver.
Remembered with honour
YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL


liverpool annie

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Re: Charles Russell Chaffey - 23rd Manchester Regiment
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2009, 04:07:15 PM »


Just in case anybody has an interest in this soldier ... here's his family tree !

http://home.earthlink.net/~mcpowell5757/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/AChaffeyFamily.pdf


CHARLES RUSSELL CHAFFEY  
Born on 31 Oct 1888 in ADELAIDE SOUTH AUSTRALIA. CHARLES RUSSELL died in  FRANCE - KILLED WWI on 10 Mar 1917 - he was 28.

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SECOND LEUTENNANT 23RD MANCHESTER REGIMENT WAS WOUNDED AT TESTUBERT ON MAY 20TH 1915- WAS IN THE CANADIAN PAY & REC. OFFICE IN LONDON WHERE HE WAS MADE SERGEANT.  OBTAINED A COMMISSION IN THE 23RD MANCHESTER  AND WENT BACK TO FRANCE AT THE END OF FEBRUARY 1917.  HE WAS SEVERLY WOUNDED ON PATROL MARCH 9TH 1917 AND DIED IN THE HANDS OF THE GERMANS THE NEXT DAY.  HIS GRAVE WAS DISCOVERED LATER IN A GERMAN CEMETERY-THE INSCRIPTION ON THE CROSS WAS IN ENGLISH, HAD HIS NAME, RANK AND THE WORDS: “HE DIED FOR HIS COUNTRY ON MARCH 10TH 1917 NEAR HALLER.”

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