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Kirkaldy, Charles Henry

Second Lieutenant Charles Henry Kirkaldy, 1ST Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders. Younger son of Thomas Kirkaldy, Esq., and nephew of Professor Kirkaldy of King's College. Killed at Neuve Chapelle, aged 28.

Lieutenant Kirkaldy was in the Artists' Rifles for some years and, at the outbreak of war, was called up. He volunteered for foreign service and went to France in November having in the meantime been promoted Lance Corporal. After a course of training at the Gunnery School of Instruction he was selected for a commission and was gazetted Second Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders.

He came home on short leave on February 28th, returning to the front on Friday, March 6th, and was killed whilst leading a charge on the German trenches at Neuve Chapelle on March 10th.

Lieutenant Kirkaldy was a student in the Chemical Department form 1903-1908. Having passed the intermediate Examination of the Institute of Chemistry he left to enter his father's business into which he carried the same keen interest which he had always shewn in his college work.

He will always be held in most affectionate remembrance by all with whom he came into contact at King's College.

In the Artists he was most popular and a general favourite through his unselfishness and his willingness to give assistance at all times without regard to his own convenience.

At the front his Colonel reported that he was cool and collected in action and was absolutely fearless. "He died on the field of Honour." King's College Review, June 1916


First name(s)Charles Henry
Date of birth1887
Place of birthStepney District
Family detailsYounger son of Mr and Mrs. Thomas Kirkaldy and brother of Mr. T. J. W. Kirkaldy of Eskdale Side, Sleights,. Yorks. Nephew of Prof. Kirkaldy of King's College
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1903-1908
Dept / courseScience
QualificationsIntermediate Exam of Institute of Chemistry
Military unitSeaforth Highlanders 1st Bn.
Date enlisted1914
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medals14 Star, British War and Victory Medals
Date of death10 March 1915
Age at death28
Rank at deathSecond Lieutenant.
Place of deathNeuve Chapel
Cause of deathKilled in Action
Burial placeRoyal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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