Private Charles Spencer Black 282439

Soldier Factfile

Name:  Private Charles Spencer Black 282439

Date of Birth:  October 1898

Address:   21, Highfield Street, Anstey

Parents Names:   Thomas Black (retired police Constable) and Margaret

Occupation before the war:  Shoe maker

Siblings Names: 

Marion b 1891  |  Maggie b 1896  | George William b 1893  |  Alice Mary b 1895  |

James Methuen b 1900  |  Lizzie Hannah b 1902

Date Died:   25.3.1918

Age:   19

Place of Death:   Maricourt, France

Place of Burial/Memorial:  Panel 17, Pozieres memorial, Somme, France


Cause of death:   Killed in Action

Regiment:  12th Battalion, Highland light Regiment


Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

  • Enlisted with Leicestershire Regiment 3.8.15
  • He was aged only 16 years old but said he was 19.
  • Discharged 2 weeks later following information received from his father about his real age.
  • He then ‘ran away’ to Scotland and joined the Highland Light Infantry, but date of signing up not known.