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Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery

Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 10 March 1917

Roll of Honour - Two Jersey Riflemen Killed in Dugout. Yesterday afternoon two Jersey families who were eagerly awaiting the delivery of the delayed mail for news of their loved ones, who were members of D Company 7th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, were plunged into sorrow on receiving the tragic information that the Riflemen had been instantaneously killed. Rifleman Winter Garde, youngest son of Mr & Mrs Garde of 14 La Chasse, and Rifleman Charles Parker son of Mr Parker of 41 Broad Street, are the soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice. They left Jersey to join the Jersey Company in Ireland during 1915 and from the information received were resting in a dugout last Sunday afternoon when a direct hit from an enemy shell killed them instantly. The late Rifleman Garde was in his 24th year and was formerly employed by Mr S J Laurens as a driver, he was wounded in the shoulder during last year and whilst in hospital sustained an accident which kept him in bed for some time. Shortly before Christmas he was in the Island on leave and immediately afterwards rejoined his old unit at the Front. The sad news was conveyed to the parents in the following letter from Captain D Scollard, Officer Commanding D Company, the former Jersey Company

"4 March 1917. Dear Sir, I very much regret to inform you of the death of your son, 8072 Rifleman W Garde, who was killed instantaneously this afternoon by a shell which hit a dug out in which he and a companion, named C W Parker, were lying, his companion was also killed. It may be some slight consolation to you to know that your son suffered no pain. We all feel his loss very keenly for he was a fine soldier, a gallant man and a good comrade. All the officers and men of the Company join me in sympathising with you and your family in your great loss. I am dear Sir, Yours very sincerely, D SCOLLARD, Captain Commanding D Company".

To the aged parents and the other members of the family we tender our sincere sympathy. Peculiar sadness surrounds the death of Rifleman C W Parker, for letters received here recently stated that he was the next in turn for leave and his father, who was on the quay yesterday, quite expected that his son might be on the morning mail steamer, but on returning home he was confronted with the following letter from Regimental Sergeant Major J Le Breton "4/3/17 Dear Mr & Mrs Parker, It is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, Rifleman C W Parker, who was killed in action today, death being instantaneous. He was buried in the English cemetery and our Chaplain read the service. He was killed with another of our Company, Rifleman Garde. Charlie was a good lad and a fine Lewis gunner. He was coming on leave as soon as leave started. He was everybody's favourite and all are greatly grieved at the loss. You can rest assured that everything was done for him. Please accept our deepest sympathy to you and the family in your great trouble as yours is a great loss. If you wish for anything I can do for you I will be pleased. On behalf of the Jersey Company I am, Yours faithfully J LE BRETON, RSM 7th Battalion RIR". Captain Scollard writing to the bereaved parents a similar letter to that sent to Mr & Mrs Garde states "It has been a great shock to us all and all the officers and men of the Company feel very distressed at the loss of your poor boy and join me in offering you and your family our sympathy. He was a good little man and was well liked by everybody". The late Rifleman was only 21 and was of a fearless disposition. He, with Rifleman Garde, was well liked by all the officers and men of the Company and both had scores of friends in Jersey who will hear of their decease with regret. Another sad feature of the death is that the late Rifleman was a brother-in-law of Mrs Parker of Seaton Place whose husband died recently and whose brother was drowned at sea during the last month. To the bereaved families we tender our heartfelt sympathy.

Winter Garde

Rifleman Winter Garde
7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

1914-15 Star

The son of Charles of Les Landes, St Ouen. Prior to the war he lived in Dumaresq Street, St Helier and worked as a driver for F J Laurens.

In April 1916, he was wounded in the shoulder and evacuted for treatment in Britain. By early 1917, he had returned to active service with the Jersey Company. Killed in March that year when a shell hit his dugout.


Killed in action, aged 25 years

Commemorated on St Ouens Parish Memorial, Jersey




Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record