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Captain Charles John Beech Masefield

1/5 Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment


Acting Captain Masefield worked as a solicitor prior to the outbreak of war in 1914. He was also an author and poet, publishing two volumes of poetry, a volume of prose and a short guide to Staffordshire.


On 14 June 1917, Capt Masefield was awarded the Military Cross for his actions while leading his company during a raid on German trenches at Cité sur Laurent, near Lens. The citation noted that on entering the German trenches, Captain Masefield attacked the enemy and killed two at close quarters. After inflicting further heavy casualties, he successfully withdrew his company.


On 1 July 1917, Captain Masefield was wounded at Lens and died, aged 35, the following day. He is buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. Photograph presented by his mother, Mrs Masefield of Cheadle, Staffordshire.


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