Date of birth: 18 July 1893
Date of death: 8 January 1916
Died in action aged 23
No known grave
Charles Sanford was born in Uxbridge, the eldest son of Herbert Ward sculptor “an important international artist and turn-of-the-century society figure” of Harefield, Buckinghamshire, and his wife Sarita, born in the USA.
After a distinguished school life at Eton, he had been for two years at Christ Church where he followed up his success in winning the Public School Boxing competition by representing his University, whilst still an undergraduate, against Cambridge, again successfully.
He was on vacation at his father’s home near Paris on 4 August 1914, and hurried back to England, joining 10th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was killed in front of Neuve Chapelle on reconnoitring duty, within thirty yards of the German trenches. He was buried on the enemy side of the lines and left the memory of a character and personality as gentle and kindly as it was strong and gallant ‘sans peur et sans reproche’.
from “Mr Poilu, "Notes and Sketches with the Fighting French" by Herbert Ward 1916
Charles name is recorded on the Loos Memorial, Panel 22 to 25.
Administration of his estate granted in London on 17 June to Herbert Ward, sculptor, effects £2334. 13s. 5d.
Registered Charity Number: 1143423