Victory Medal awarded to Private E.W. Charter, Nottinghamshire Yeomanry - the Sherwood Rangers, who was most likely a member of ‘C’ Squadron, and before the war was an employee of the Welbeck Estate at Elmton, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Charter sailed for Egypt in April 1915, and was present at Gallipoli from the night of 7th/18th August 1915. As such he would have taken part in the fighting for Scimitar Hill on 21st August 1915 when attacking from Chocolate Hill, and was illed in action after being hit by shrapnel whilst in the third line of trenches at Azmac Dere on 10th September 1915.
Victory Medal; (1809 PTE. E. CHARTER. SHER. RANG.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Ernest Walter Charter was born in 1891 in Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, the son of a farm labourer, but by 1901 he was living together with his brother in the Basingstoke Union Workhouse, and by 1911 was living with his stepfather, his own father having presumably died prior to 1901 and his mother having remarried, at Hook near Winchfield, Hampshire. He was then himself working as a farm labourer, but then appears to have joined his brother, Henry, who was working as a Second Horseman at Frithwood Farm on the Welbeck Estate at Elmton, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
The reason for this will become clear, as with the Great War he enlisted at Worksop, and then saw service in the Corps of Hussars as a Private (No.1809) with the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry - the Sherwood Rangers, most probably as a member of ‘C’ Squadron which was based in Worksop.
As such having sailed from Avonmouth in April 1915, he arrived in Egypt on 27th April, and then landed at Gallipoli on then night of 17th/18th August 1915, and would have been moved to Lala Baba on 20th August. His unit was moved to a forward position at Chocolate Hill on 21st August, and then on the same day took part in the fighting for Scimitar Hill. Charter was killed in action after being hit by shrapnel whilst in the third line of trenches at Azmac Dere on 10th September 1915, and was originally buried there, before his remains were moved to Green Hill Cemetery on 20th July 1920.
His brother, Henry Charter, was also a casualty of Gallipoli when serving with the 9th Battalion, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment - Sherwood Foresters, and died of wounds at Malta on 1st September 1915. Both brothers are commemorated by name on the Welbeck Estate Memorial. Another brother, Sidney, saw service with the 1st Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, out on the Western Front from 24th August 1914, and then switched to the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1916.