Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Private Charles Edmund Ferguson Dutton, 16th (County Of London) Battalion, the London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles), was killed in action at Houplines in France.
From 1907 until the outbreak of the Great War he worked at the Fore Street Warehouse Company, a wholesale drapery business in London. He enlisted at Westminster on the 18th of August in 1914, arrived in France in early November and saw action in France and Belgium.
Private Dutton was killed during the fighting at Houplines in France and lies buried in the Houplines Communal Cemetery – on his headstone are the words: ““How can a man die better?”
Charles, from Kensington, was 24 years old.