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Major Charles Reginald Chenevix Trench (1906)

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Major Charles Reginald Chenevix Trench (1906)

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2/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment).

Charles Chenevix Trench was the son of Revd Francis & Isabella Clare Chenevix Trench, of Durwood, Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey, born 5th March 1888 in Liverpool. He married Clare Cecily, née Howard, on 28th January 1915; they had a daughter, Isabel Clare, born 4th November that year.

He was educated at Gore Court School, Tunstall, Kent, and Charterhouse, and graduated from Merton in 1909. After University he worked as a lawyer. Soon after leaving college he joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps, rising to the rank of Captain.

At the outbreak of war the OTC relocated to Berkhamsted, and trained recruits. Wanting to see frontline action, Chenevix Trench joined the Sherwood Foresters; however the regiment was then sent to Ireland to quell the 1916 Easter Rising. (His sister, Cesca (Frances Georgiana), was a fervent supporter of the Nationalist cause and was in Ireland at the time; they breakfasted together while Chenevix Trench was on two days' leave.) He was sent to France on 26th February 1917, and promoted to Major in August.

He was killed in action during the German Spring Offensive, on 21st March 1918, aged 30. He was wounded twice early on in the fighting but carried on leading his men until he received his final fatal wound. He was carried on a stretcher back to the Battalion headquarters dug-out where he died. He was Mentioned in Dispatches on 7th April.

He is also commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas-de-Calais, France and the war memorial at St Nicholas Church, Hurst, Berkshire.

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