A Rifle Volunteer who enlisted in November 1903 and re-enlisted into the Territorials in 1908
Charles Rhymes was born in Nottingham in April 1885. He originally enlisted into the 4th Notts VB on the 10th November 1903 in Radcliffe-on-Trent and was posted to “E” Company.
He re-enlisted into the newly established 8th Battalion Notts & Derby Regiment on 5th April 1908 and remained with “E” Company. At this time he was living at 54 Deabill Street in Netherfield and worked for the Great Northern Railway as a servant.
He married Eliza in 1905 and in total they had four children; Charles (b. 19.12.05), Dorothy (b. 19.9.07), George (b. 6.5.10) and Dallas (b. 29.1.15).
He was promoted to Lance Corporal in 1909 and to Sergeant in 1910.
Chalres attended the Annual Camps at Scarborough (in 1908, 1909 and 1911), Hindlow (1910), Aberystwyth (1912), Thornsby Park (1913) and Hummanby (1914).
At the outbreak of the War Charles was working as a Colliery Shunter and was living at 81 Priory Road in Gelding. Charles arrived in France on the 25th June 1915 with the 1st Reinforcement to the 1/8th Battalion, but returned to England two months later suffering from rheumatism.
Following postings to the 8th Reserve Battalion in Ballyvonare Camp at Buttevant in County Cork, he was finally discharged on the 3rd September 1916 and received a pension for 12 months. Subsequent medical boards in 1917 and 1918 failed to grant him an extension to his army pension.