Charles William Stodgell was born in 1878, the eldest son of Samuel and Mary Stodgell. His father was an agricultural labourer, while his mother was a glover. Charles followed into farm work, becoming a carter by time of the 1901 census.
Charles married Mabel Duke in 1898 and the young couple had two daughters – Ida and Florence – in the following few years.
When war came, Charles was called up. He enlisted in June 1916, joining the Devonshire Regiment before being transferred to the Agricultural Company. His record shows that he stood at 5ft 6ins (1.67m) and weighed 10st 2lbs (64kg) and his build, health and experience is probably why he ended up in service where he did.
Private Stodgell was demobbed at the end of the war, and returned home on furlough (a word not just linked to everything 2020 has thrown at us!). Sadly, before he was fully demobbed, he contracted influenza, and died on 2nd February 1919.
Charles William Stodgell lies at rest in his home village of North Curry, in the churchyard of St Peter & St Paul.
For the stories of more of the fallen from the Great War, take a look at my Commonwealth War Graves page.