KINLOCH, Charles Pte. 15534

Charles Kinloch is listed on the Chorley Pals scroll in Astley Hall as G. Kinloch. He enlisted in the Pals on the 19th September 1914 – his name being spelt as Kinlock on a Duplicate Attestation Form held in the National Archives.

Born in Chorley in 1880, he was living with his parents at 65 Cunliffe Street in the town at the outbreak of the war. He married Lily Howarth at St. Peter’s Church in Chorley on the 17th June 1915 (the Pals being at Penkridge Camp in Staffordshire).

Charles survived the Somme in 1916, only to be wounded or gassed in early 1917 (probably another casualty of the mustard gas attack at Vimy Station on the 4th September). He was treated at a hospital in Warrington before being give one month’s leave back to his home at 209 Eaves Lane in Chorley (his leave authorisation said he was in ‘X’ Company of the 11th East Lancs.).

He did not return to the 11th Battalion or the Chorley Pals, instead being transferred to the 3rd (Depot) Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment just after Christmas 1917. He was then posted to the 339th Company of the Royal Defence Corps as Private 72571 on the 7th April 1918 (the R.D.C guarded installations around the British Isles). He was subsequently transferred to the 467th Company of the R.D.C., being in Cork in Southern Ireland during August 1918.

He left the Army on the 23rd March 1919, returning to Chorley. Charles Kinloch was known to worship at Trinity Methodist Church; he died at Chorley in 1940.