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Name: Charles Randolph INNES-HOPKINS
Casualty No.: Ranks: Lieutenant Initials: C R Service No.:
Date of Birth : 09/08/1893 Place of Birth : Ranikhet, North West Provinces, India. Age at Death: 21
Unit: 2nd Bn Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
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:
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Friday 18th December 1914
Place of Death:
Battle/Campaign: Neuve Chapelle Sector, France.
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: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, Pas de Calais, France.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 4
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: The Times, 23rd December 1914. Blaydon Courier, 26th December 1914. Blaydon Courier, page 3, 26th August 1916.
Family Details:
Third 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 Innes Hopkins, of The Towers, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham (later of 6 Kensington Park Gardens, London). Helen was the daughter of the late Sir Thomas Edward Gordon, KCB. KCIE. CIS. Two brothers: Castell Percy and John Gordon. Uncle: Captain James Randolph Innes Hopkins.
Notes : Charles was educated at Dunchurch Hall, Uppingham (scholar), and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, where he gained the prize for military law and passed out the second term third with honours. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Bn Scottish Rifles on 4th September 1912, and was promoted to Lieutenant on 24th October 1913. He was stationed in Malta when war was declared. He returned to the UK, and went to the front on 4th November 1914. He was killed in action in the trenches at Neuve Chapelle, France, and was buried in the orchard of a farm. Charles was an excellent cricketer and hockey player, an expert skier, a crack marksman with the rifle, and a fine billiards player. Whilst at home he played tennis for Ryton Lawn Tennis Club. His brother, Castell, was killed in action at Loos, France, in September 1915, whilst serving as a Private with the 9th Bn Gordon Highlanders. His youngest brother, Thomas Edward, died aged 21, in June 1921, as reported in the Blaydon Courier, 4th June 1921. His uncle James Randolph Innes Hopkins, serving with the 5th Bn, 2nd Infantry Brigade, Canadian Expeditionary Force, was killed in action on 24th May 1915.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Officers Died in the Great War. De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour. The Bond of Sacrifice, Volume 1 Colonel L A Clutterbuck (Naval and Military Press,).
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