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Name: Castell Percy INNES-HOPKINS
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: C P I Service No.: 6815
Date of Birth : 31/07/1889 Place of Birth : Naini Tal, North West Provinces, India. Age at Death: 27
Unit: 9th Bn Gordon Highlanders.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: The Towers, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address:
Civilian Employment: Worked in the office of his father's shipping firm, Messrs Weidner, Hopkins, and Company, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Saturday 25th September 1915
Place of Death:
Battle/Campaign: The Battles of Loos, France, 25th September to 8th October 1915.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton Holy Cross Church Shrine, and Stained Glass Window, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Innes Hopkins Memorial Home (The Towers) Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: Guildhall War Memorial, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
Overseas Commemorated: Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France Panel 115 to 119.
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Blaydon Courier, page 5, 30th October 1915. Blaydon Courier, page 8, 27th November 1915. Blaydon Courier, page 3, 26th August 1916.
Family Details:
Second son of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Harrie Innes Hopkins, (late Major of the 2nd Scottish Rifles), Commanding Officer of the 1st Tyneside Scottish, 20th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers, and Helen Elizabeth Hopkins of The Towers, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham, and later of 6 Kensington Park Gardens, London. Helen was the daughter of the late Sir Thomas Edward Gordon, KCB. KCIE. CIS. Three brothers: John Gordon, Lieutenant Charles Randolph and Thomas Edward. Uncle: Captain James Randolph.
Notes : Castell was educated at Dunchurch Hall and Fribourg, Germany. He was employed in his father's shipping company offices at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. At the outbreak of war he enlisted in the 9th Bn Gordon Highlanders, and left for the front with his regiment, May 1915. He was killed in action on Hill 70 at Loos, France. His brother Charles Randolph was killed in action whilst serving with the Scottish Rifles, 18th December 1914. His youngest brother, Thomas Edward, died aged 21, in June 1921, as reported in the Blaydon Courier, 4th June 1921. His elder brother John Gordon served with the Naval Brigade having travelled from Japan where he was with the RMSP Company. His uncle, Captain James Randolph Innes Hopkins, was killed in action whilst serving with the 5th Bn, 2nd Infantry Brigade, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 24th May 1915. Castell's name is engraved on the officers bronze tablet on the Ryton War Memorial. He was briefly commissioned into the 9th Bn Durham Light Infantry (Territorial Force) in 1913. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he joined up as a Private.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. De Ruvigny Roll of Honour.
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