#YateleyWW1: Arthur Craven Charrington

#Remember Captain Arthur Craven Charrington, the first officer of the Ist Royal Dragoons to be killed in WW1. He has no memorial in Yateley but nevertheless has a strong Yateley connection

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  1. Captain Charrington is neither commemorated on Yateley War Memorial, nor on the Roll of Honour of Yateley's men who served in WW1. Neither he nor his parents appear in the 1911 census for Yateley. A casual observor will not therefore include Captain Charrington in Yateley's war dead. His name is not read out at the outdoor service before Yateley's War Memorial each Remembrance Day.
  2. Nevertheless he does have a strong Yateley connection. How do we know that? If you put "Yateley" into the "additional information" search field in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's search engine, and then sort by date of death Captain Charrington is the name at the top of the list. If you then load his 'memorial in perpetuity' you can read:
  3. In Memory of Captain Arthur Craven Charrington, 1st (Royal) Dragoons who died on 20 October 1914 Age 32. Son of Edward Nicholas and Isabella Charrington, of "The Poplars," Yateley, Hants. Remembered with Honour Ypres Town Cemetery.
  4. Captain Charrington’s widowed mother Isabella lived in Yateley in the large house called The Poplars, just at the junction of what are now called Chandlers Lane and Vicarage Road. The small estate built on the site of the demolished house is called Crondall End. Although his mother had been living at Offham House, Lewes when her son was killed on 20 Oct 1914, she had moved to Yateley before 1919. We know this because Isabella Charrington is listed in the 1919 Electoral Registers for Yateley, eligible for both the Parliamentary and the local government election.
  5. Mrs Charrington therefore lived in Yateley when names were being put forward forward for the War Memorial and the Roll of Honour. Why Isabella Charrington chose not to have her son commemorated on Yateley’s war memorial is a bit of a mystery. She continued to be listed in Kelly’s Directories, living at The Poplars, until after publication of the 1936 edition. She died in 1938.
  6. Captain Charrington is listed on at least two other memorials: in Offham, Sussex, and (also a total mystery) in Dunedin, New Zealand. Perhaps Isabella Charrington did not put the name of her son forward for the Yateley Memorial because he did not live here when he was killed. Others had a completely different view. The spinster lady who donated part of her garden for the War Memorial made sure one of her nephews was inscribed on it. He lived in Essex, and his only Yateley connection might have been an occasional visit to his Aunt.
  7. Captain Charrington was a member of the famous Charrington brewing family whose London brewery later merged to become Bass Charrington, now part of an international megalith. When the breweries were sold their hotels and pubs became Six Continents hotels. After more mergers and splits a small part became known as Vintage Inns, which still owns The White Lion, Yateley. So there is still a very tenuous link with the Charringtons
  8. Isabella Charrington's husband is shown in the 1851 census as a brewer. In 1622 an ancestor had bought Bures Manor in Horley parish near Reigate. The brewing family used the Manor as a country retreat, much like many of the large mansions were used in Yateley
  9. Captain Charrington’s brother Edward Somerset Charrington served as a remount officer at the large depot at Swaythling, so creating another Hampshire connection. However he lived at Bures Manor at the time the Victoria County History was published in 1911, and his family continued to live there during WW1. It is therefore possible that his mother intended her son's main memorial to be at Horley in Surrey, his ancestral family seat.
  10. Captain Arthur Craven Charrington is recorded in Graham Fleuty’s book “Yateley Men at War” but he has yet to be commemorated in any other way in Yateley. His lifestory is also remembered in the Yateley Communty on Lives of the Great War as
  11. P J Tipton, 20 October 2014
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