Charles Alexander was born in Bushey in the spring of 1891, the eldest of six children of Charles and Emma Alexander. Charles (senior) was a Brickmaker/Labourer. The family of four sons and three daughters lived at 32 Upper Paddock Road, Oxhey at the time of the 1901 Census. By 1911 Charles (junior) was still living at the family house and was working as a House Painter.
The Abbots Langley Parish Magazine Roll of Honour first listed Charles serving with the 3rd Battalion Northampton Regiment in March 1917. However he had been with this battalion for some time as at the time of his marriage to Florence Matilda Thatcher on 26th September 1916, at Abbots Langley, he was registered as a Private with the 3rd Northampton’s. The Thatcher family lived at 8 Adrian Road, and three of Florence’s brothers served during the Great War.
In the January 1918 Parish Magazine Charles was listed serving with 11th Essex, and it is not known when he transferred to this battalion. Charles’ Service record does not survive so it has not been possible to identify the circumstances of his death. He was recorded dying from his wounds on 1st June 1918.
The Abbots Langley Parish Magazine of July 1918 recorded his death.
“We regret to have to add another name to our Roll of Honour of those who have laid down their lives in the cause of Liberty, Freedom and Honour. Charles John Alexander of the Essex Regiment, died of wounds received in action on June 1st. He was married in Abbots Langley Church in September 1916 to Miss Florence Thatcher, and to her, together with his other relatives and friends, we offer our deepest sympathy”.
Charles Alexander was buried at Esquelbecq Military Cemetery, France and was commemorated on the Abbots Langley War Memorial.