Charles (known as Charlie) was born in Templeton in 1889, the son of Ellen Crocker. In 1891 he lived with his mother and her parents in Cruwys Morchard.
His mother married Thomas Beer in 1893 and they moved to West Worlington where they lived in a cottage next to the Stucley Arms. Thomas was a carpenter and next door lived the Boundy family.
Charles made a career as a soldier enlisting in 1911 in Richmond and joined the Yorkshire Regiment. He served in Alexandria Egypt but at the outbreak of WW1 his regiment was sent to Ypres in Belguim with the British Expeditionary Force.
Charles fought in the earliest battles of WW1. There are conflicting dates of when he was killed but it was either the 10th October 1914 or the 30th October 1914. He was 25 years old. He is remembered at the Menin Gate Memorial Belgium.
|In Memory of:||Private Charles Crocker 8080|
|Regiment:||2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment|
|Enlisted:||Richmond and joined 1st Battalion Princess of Wales Own Regiment (Yorkshire) 1911, Based at Ras El Tin Barracks, Alexandria, Egypt|
|Died:||Killed in action Friday 30th October 1914, aged 25|
|Remembered with honour:||Panel 33 on the Menin Gate Memorial and on the Battalion Roll of Honour held in the Green
Ypres is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the Eastern side of the town on the
road to Menin and Courtral. Millions of men from Britain and the Commonwealth Regiments marched through the Menin Gate on their way to Ypres Salient and beyond to other front lines, hundreds of thousands never returning. In 1927 it was unveiled as a memorial to over 54,000 men who have no known grave. Tyne Cott being the other Memorial to the Missing.