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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 14/08/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 02/02/1894
Died: 15/07/1916 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 22
John Charters was the son of William and Mary Jane Charters. John Charters was born in Bellaghy on 2nd February 1894. He was the sixth of seven sons. He had two sisters. The family lived in Mullaghboy, Bellaghy, County Londonderry. His father and brother were both bricklayers. John was a bricklayer’s labourer. David and John Charters emigrated to New Zealand in 1912. John Charters worked as a driver before he enlisted. He was working and living at Dufferin Street, Hastings, John Charters enlisted at Trentham Military Camp on 24th August 1915. He named his next of kin as his mother Mrs M Charters, who was also living at Dufferin Street, Hastings. Private John Charters was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force when he died of gunshot wounds to his back on 15th July 1916. He was 22 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension
  Bailleul, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave II-E-21
CWGC Casualty 198749
Bailleul is a large town in France, near the Belgian border, 14.5 Kms south-west of Ieper and on the main road from St. Omer to Lille. From the Grand Place, take the Ieper road and 400 metres along this road is a sign indicating the direction of the cemetery. Turn right into a small road and follow for approximately 400 metres. The cemetery is on the right and the Communal Cemetery Extension is at the bottom end.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 2 Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

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1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 21
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1 1901 Census lists Charters family 1901 census lists John as age 7 living with the family at house 12 in Mullaghboy, Bellaghy, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Charters family 1911 census lists John as age 17 living with the family at house 36 in Mullaghboy, Bellaghy, Londonderry
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Private John Charters
4 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private John Charters
5 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Private John Charters including photo
6 New Zealand Passenger Lists Details of John Charters arrival in New Zealand
7 NOK Address in Ireland Son of William Charters of Bellaghy, County Londonderry, Ireland and the late M. Charters of Hastings New Zealand.
8 NZ War Graves Project Details of Private John Charters including grave photo
9 Private Samuel Charters Brother of Private John Charters
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023