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63717   Private Samuel Charters
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Dated added: 01/01/2016   Last updated: 14/08/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Canterbury Regiment (New Zealand Army)
Date Of Birth: 25/01/1897
Died: 23/12/1920 (Home)
Age: 23
Samuel Charters was the son of William and Mary Jane Charters. Samuel Charters was born in Bellaghy on 25th January 1897. He was the youngest of seven sons. He had two sisters. The family lived in Mullaghboy, Bellaghy, County Londonderry. Samuel Charters emigrated to New Zealand in January 1914. Samuel Charters was working as a labourer before he enlisted on 12th July 1917. In March 1918, whilst still in England, he took ill with tonsillitis. By August, his condition had deteriorated with what seems to have been a severe lung infection and he was transferred to a London hospital. He was discharged due to illness in January 1919 and returned to New Zealand. Samuel died of that illness at Napier Hospital, New Zealand on the eve of Christmas on 23rd December 1920. He was 23 years old.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Hastings Cemetery
  Hastings, North Island, 31
Grave Ref: Block A
CWGC Casualty 643599
The cemetery is in Orchard Road, Hastings. There are 13 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 12 of the 1939-1945 war here.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Castledawson WW1 Memorial - Panel 2 Castledawson
Local Insitute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 They Didn't Come Home - Castledawson - WWI 21
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Charters family 1901 census lists Samuel as age 4 living with the family at house 12 in Mullaghboy, Bellaghy, Londonderry
2 1911 Census lists Charters family 1911 census lists Samuel as age 14 living with the family at house 36 in Mullaghboy, Bellaghy, Londonderry
3 Archives New Zealand Military documents of Private Samuel Charters
4 Castledawson War Dead Details of Private Samuel Charters
5 New Zealand Cenotaph Details of Private Samuel Charters including grave photo
6 New Zealand Passenger Lists Details of Samuel Charters arrival in New Zealand
7 NOK Address in Ireland Son of Mr and Mrs William Charters of Bellaghy, County Derry, Ireland.
8 NZ War Graves Project Details of Private Samuel Charters including grave photo
9 Private John Charters Brother of Private Samuel Charters
Magherafelt District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2014-2023