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Charles Alfred Dearing

Charles Alfred Dearing

Date of Birth

12 October 1886


Borough Road College


Stephen Street, Marylebone

Service number


WW1 rank


London Rifle Brigade, London Regiment, 5th Battalion

Theatre of war

Balkans, Europe

Date of death

16 April 1918


Etaples Military Cemetery, France (Grave/Memorial reference: XXIX.D.7)


Military Medal - for repairing signal lines under intense bombardment at Cambria in December 1917


Sergeant Charles Alfred Dearing attended Borough Road College for two years, competing in rugby for the college and leaving with an Intermediate Science. He got a second division degree from the University of London in 1905. He joined the war effort on 1 April 1915 when he signed up with the 1st Battalion London Rifle Brigade. Initially he was sent to the Balkans on 14 July 1915, but he returned to France. He earned his Military Medal repairing signal lines at the battle of Cambria, where he tirelessly repaired lines to keep communications between the front line and HQ throughout the day, all through intense bombardment. Dearing was wounded on 23 March 1918 and died of these wounds on 16 April the same year.


Entry on p.83, BFSS/2/9/14/3 [BRCRU003], Borough Road College 903(continued)/04 applications, Secondary source information provided by Douglas Craik (taken from Commonwealth War Graves Commission), 1908 Annual Report, The O.B.’s War Hum and Roll of Service (1918, 4th Edition)