Cherry, Charles James (No. 5881)

Cherry, Charles James

Regimental Sergeant Major

No. 5881, 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment

Died in service on Wednesday 20 October 1915


Bangalore (Hosur Road) Cemetery, India (Plot 7 Row B1 Grave 59)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Madras 1914-1918 War Memorial, Chennai, India (Face 21)


In the Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 – 1919 database it is recorded Charles James Cherry was born in Newtownards and he was the youngest son of Sergeant Robert Cherry who for many years was on the Permanent Staff of the Royal North Downs at Newtownards.

Charles James Cherry was born on 3 February 1878 in South Street, Newtownards and he was a son of Robert and Sarah Cherry (nee Robinson) who were married on 5 September 1859.  Robert Cherry was a Sergeant of Militia and he and Sarah Cherry (nee Robinson) had at least nine children:

David (born 18 May 1864 in Movilla Street, Newtownards)

William Thomas (born 23 September 1866 in Mary Street, Newtownards)

Sarah (born 18 September 1868 in Mary Street, Newtownards)

Sarah (born 24 October 1870 in Frederick Street, Newtownards)

Mary (born 9 November 1871 in Frederick Street, Newtownards)

Eliza (born 17 March 1874 in Frederick Street, Newtownards)

Robert (born 11 May 1875 in Frederick Street, Newtownards)

Charles James (born 3 February 1878 in South Street, Newtownards)

Samuel (born 6 August 1880 in South Street, Newtownards)

Their father Robert died on 10 April 1893 (aged 54).

Charles James Cherry enlisted in Belfast and he served in India with the 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment.  It was in India that Regimental Sergeant Major Charles James Cherry died on 20 October 1915.  His death was reported in the 20 November 1915 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle under the headline Local Soldier’s Death in India.

In the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects, it is recorded that his widow’s name was Wilhelmina.