Charles Arthur Walters (1883–1930)

Lance Corporal

Leicestershire Regiment 16753  


Charles was born in 1883, the son of Elizabeth Ann Walters, before she married William Woolley. Charles was known locally both as Walters and Woolley. He was a coal miner and half-brother to the Woolley brothers; on the 1920 Roll he was listed with the surname Woolley. Serving with the Leicestershire Regiment, he was captured in May 1918 and spent six months in captivity at Friedrichsfeld PoW camp, Germany. On demob he returned to Crich, and was living at Derby at the time of his early death.

Army Medal Index
Walters Charles A. Leicester Reg. Private
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star medals.
He entered France 29/7/15

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 14 December 1918
Several local soldiers who have been prisoners of war in Germany have returned home during the week. They include Lance Corporal Charles Walters, Leicesters, of Fold yard, Crich, who has had six months in captivity; Gunner Jesse Barrett, of Kirkham Lane, Fritchley, who arrived on Monday; Private James Kay was taken prisoner last May, who arrived on Wednesday; and a Private Brown of the Green Fritchley.

PoW record
Walters Charles Arthur 16753, Pte 6th Leicesters, Fleiry 29/5/18 at Friedrichsfield Camp; Hartsay 5/7/77, Mrs B Dickson, Chapel Row, Crich

Charles's brothers William (Bill) Woolley and John Isaac (Ike) Woolley are also on the Roll of Honour.


1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Woolley Head 67 Lead miner Crich
Elizabeth Ann Woolley wife 27   Crich Carr
Charles Woolley son 7   Hartsay
Joseph Woolley son 5   Crich
William Woolley son 6 mo   Crich
Emily Walters sister in law 16 Machinist Harstay
Hannah Walters sister in law 15 Machinist Harstay

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1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Martin Head 35 Carter Crich
Elizabeth Ann Woolley housekeeper 35   Crich Carr
Charles Arthur Walters son of housekeeper 17 Coal miner Crich
William Woolley son of housekeeper 10   Crich
Ellen Woolley daughter of housekeeper 9   Crich
Sarah Woolley daughter of housekeeper 8   Crich
John Isaac Woolley son of housekeeper 3   Crich
Infant son   son 3 weeks   Crich

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1918 Voters List
Charles Arthur Walters, Folds Yard; absent on military service