Gunner
Charles Campbell Shippin

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About Charles Campbell

  • Name
    Charles Campbell
  • Initials
    CC
  • Surname
    Shippin
  • Date of Birth
    2 December 1895
  • Birth town
    Bubwith, Yorkshire
  • Resided town
    Durham
  • Commemorated
  • Nationality
    English
  • Place of death
    Durham
  • Date of death
    1973
  • Married
    yes
  • Occupation
    Civil Engineers Clerk

Service Information

  • Army

  • Service Number
    127934
  • Rank
    Gunner
  • Regiment
    Royal Field Artillery

Biography

The son of a Yorkshire station master, Charles Campbell Shippin was born in Bubwith, near Selby in 1895 to parents John James and Frances (nee Metcalfe).  Following his father’s death in 1909, the family moved to Hartlepool and in 1911 the family were living with their mother, Frances at 4 Wilson Street, West Hartlepool.  His two older brothers, Herbert (25) and William (22) were railway clerks and Charles (15) was a civil engineers clerk. His older sister Helen had married and left home by this time.

Charles passed through Peterborough East Station on 29 August 1916 and stated he was serving with the Royal Field Artillery.  He wrote in the visitors’ book ‘at present Norwich, next week France (Perhaps)’.  It has not been possible to locate Charles’ service record, so whether or not he made it to France, we do not know.  He was awarded the British War and Allied Victory Medals, which indicates that he served overseas.

In December 1920, he married Kate Faul in Hartlepool and they had a daughter Kathleen born the following year.  In 1939, Charles, Kate and their family were living at 17 Elwick Road, West Hartlepool and Charles was a railway signalman.  At this time his widowed mother, Frances is also living with them.  Charles passed away in Durham in 1973, aged 78.

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