FIRST WORLD WAR.
St John the Baptist Church, Little Yeldham is marking the centenary of the death
of each of the nine men from the village who gave their lives during the First
World War by placing a copy of their Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Certificate and a candle in the North window.
Our second loss was on the 6th October 1915 and was:
Private Charles William Collar, 5th Battalion, The Essex Regiment
Charles was born on the 11th June 1896 in Little Yeldham to Walter Collar and
Ellen (nee Laver) and baptised on the 6th September, 1896 in St John the Baptist
Church, Little Yeldham. In the Register he is recorded as “Trowells also know as
In the 1901 census Charles was aged 4 and living with his parents, in North End.
Little Yeldham. His father was an agricultural labourer,
ln the 1911 census Charles, aged 14 was a scholar living with his uncle and aunt
William and Eliza Laver (nee Collar), at Mousetraps Hall, Castle Hedingham.
Charles enlisted in Chelmsford. He entered the war on the 9th August 1915 and
landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on the 12th August. He died of wounds in Malta
on the 5th October. Charles’ older brother Stanley also enlisted in the 5th
Battalion, The Essex Regiment.
The 5th Battalion of the Essex Regiment, Territorial Force was stationed at
Chelmsford on the outbreak of the War on the 4th August 1914 both as part of
the Essex Brigade of the East Anglian Division and then moved to Norwich. ln
April 1915 the Regiment moved to Colchester and joined the formation which
became the 161st Brigade ofthe 54th Division and then moved to St Albans. On
the 21st July, 1915 the Regiment embarked for the Mediterranean from Devon-
port via Lemnos, Greece and on the 12th. August, 1915 landed at Suvla Bay.
Gallipoli and engaged in various actions against the Turkish Army.
From the spring of 1915, the hospitals and convalescent depots established on
the islands of Malta and Gozo dealt with over 135,000 sick and wounded, chiefly
from the campaigns in Gallipoli and Salonika.
It is reasonable to assume the William was injured at Gallipoli and evacuated to
Malta where he died of his wounds.
Don Jenkins, ChurchwardenRead More