Old Coathamians of World War One

Charles Gordon MAUDE

No. 3241 Trooper, ‘B’ Squadron, Second Life Guards.

Born 1 November 1893,
Died 13 January 1916, aged 22 years.

Buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais,
France, Grave I.E.8.

Trooper Maude is one of 1,324 Commonwealth servicemen buried in this cemetery in the First World War. He died of pneumonia at the Front.

Although the parents of Charles Gordon Maude, Charles and Sarah Maude, came from the North of England, he and his older sister, Edith Marjory, were born in Melbourne, Australia. The family returned to England in 1895 to settle in West House, Northallerton, where two further daughters were born, Ethel Doris and Neta Manon. His father was an auctioneer and valuer running his own business. Charles attended a private preparatory school in Northallerton before coming as a fee-paying day boy to Coatham Grammar School in January 1907, when he was 13. He left after six terms in December 1908, aged 15, having been a boarder during his last term. At school he passed his Cambridge Junior Examinations and he became a boy clerk in the Civil Service when he left. His precise whereabouts at the time of the 1911 Census is not known, although the family remained in Northallerton, where they were at the time of his death five years later. His younger sister Ethel was married before the War, but her young husband was killed on the Somme in October 1916, ten months after Charles had lost his life.