Charles Edward Sayer (1888‒1918), Sapper (20577), 7th Field Company, the Royal Engineers, was killed in action on 29 August 1918, aged 30. He has a headstone in the Glageon Communal Cemetery Extension in France (II. N. 2). He was commemorated on this family grave and on the Cambridge Guildhall War Memorial.

Charles was born in 1888 in North Walsham, Norfolk. He was the eldest of three children born to Daniel George Sayer and Edith Louise Sayer (née Covell). His father was a builder’s foreman and brought his family up at 32 Hemingford Road (Romsey Town), Cambridge. By 1911 Charles was working as a carpenter in the Royal Engineer Barracks in Chatham. He enlisted in London as Sapper (20577), 7th Field Company, the Royal Engineers. Charles married Grace Mary Pearce in 1917 in Cambridge and in 1918 they were living at 130 Gwydir Street (Petersfield), Cambridge. She worked as a book sewer. Charles was killed on 29 August 1918 in France.

Sayer grave
Sayer monument




Lat Lon : 52.201780, 0.13776094 – click here for location

Parish : Holy Trinity

See family grave page for more information





Sources :
War Graves Photographic Project
Census reports 1901, 1911
Birth and marriage registers

By Ian Bent

Charles Edward Sayer