Service Number: G/15672
Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment
Battalion: 13th Battalion
Date/year of Birth: About 1884
Place of Birth: Dunkeswell Abbey, Devon
Place of Residence: Somerset and Bath Lunatic
Asylum, Cotford, Norton Fitzwarren
Date of Death: 13th December 1916
Place of Death: Stourbridge Hospital (Died Of Wounds)
Burial/Memorial: Taunton St James
lived and worked at the asylum in Cotford, a few miles outside Taunton, where he
was a nurse. His mother and father lived at 56 Wood Street and had four
sons serving in the Army. Following Charles' death from wounds received in action he was
buried in the St James Cemetery in Taunton. A few months after his death
the following letter appeared in the Somerset County
Gazette, dated 10th March 1917
"TRIBUTE TO THE LATE PTE. C. DOBLE,
ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT
Sir,- It was with great sorrow that I read of the death of Private C. Doble in
your paper. He will be sadly missed
at Taunton and around the district by the staff at the Asylum, Cotford.
Charlie was a thoroughly good chum, had always a smile that was very
infectious, and a cheery word for everyone.
Well was he termed "one of the best!"
He took a keen interest in the dances, whist drives, etc., that were
often held at the institution. In
his profession as nurse he had sterling qualities, being gentle and patient,
tactful and sympathetic, and was loved by all with whom he came in contact.
As a soldier I did not know Charlie so well, but I feel sure that all the
men in his Company would love him. This
is a very small tribute, indeed, to such a splendid fellow, but he has won the
greatest tribute of all, for "Blessed is he that giveth his life for his
friends." May I take this
opportunity of expressing my sincere sympathy with his wife and parents in their
sad loss, and may their sorrow be mitigated by the knowledge that he died a
soldiers death in the service of his country.
Bert Smith, Late PASLI, Rawalpindi, India."