Lieut.-Colonel Charles Strangway Linton, D.S.O.,M.C.

Commanded the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from June 1917 to November 1917.

Charles Strangway Linton was born at Llandaff, Glamorgan in 1881, the 3rd Son of Henry Piper Linton (solicitor) and Julia Linton (née Fryer), of Llandaff Place, Llandlaff, Glamorgan.

He was commissioned in to the 3rd Battalion Welsh Regiment (Militia) as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 10th April 1900.

On the 14th September 1901 he transferred to the regular army joining the Worcestershire Regiment. He was promoted to Lieutenant on the 16th January 1904.

He served with the 4th Battalion in Bermuda, Barbados, Malta, India. He was promoted to Captain on the 28th June 1911. From 23rd November 1910 to 24th November 1913 he was the Adjutant of the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.

In 1914 he moved to the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and on the 5th November 1914 sailed with the Battalion on the troopship “Maidan” to Havre, arriving the following day.

A week after landing in France he was involved in the fierce fighting around Neuve Chapelle and on the 10th March 1915 during the Battle for Neuve Chapelle he was wounded.

After recovering from his wounds he was posted to Army H.Q. and was appointed Staff Captain at the Canadian Corps on the 19th April 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross for his good work on staff during the battles of 1915. On the 22nd May 1916 he was promoted to Major for distinguished service in the field and in June 1916 was awarded the D.S.O. for service in the field at Army H.Q. On the 1st February 1917 he was appointed G.S.O. 2 (General Staff).

On the 21st July 1917 he took over command of the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment as Acting Lieut.-Colonel. During the Battle of Poelcappells near the Namur Crossing (9th October 1917) he was awarded a bar to his D.S.O. for his able and fearless leadership in that battle.

Lieut.-Colonel C. S. Linton

Captain C. S. Linton at First-Mortar Trench near Neuve Chapelle (March 1915)

During the Battle of Cambrai on the 20th November 1917 the leading companies of the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment pushed forward rapidly and soon reached their objective, the Lock over the canal half a mile south-east of Masnieres. The two companies crossed the Lock, seized the trenches beyond it near the Sugar Factory and organised them for defence. At 2.0 p.m. Colonel Linton, commanding the 4th Worcestershire, went forward across the canal to see the situation for himself. On his way back, while crossing the Lock, he was shot dead by a German sniper. Colonel Linton was just 36 years old.

During the war Colonel Linton was Mentioned-in Dispatches 4 times (22/06/1915, 15/06/1916, 15/05/1917 and
18/12/1917). He was awarded the Military Cross (London Gazette 23/06/1915), the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette 26/06/1916) and bar to the D.S.O. (London Gazette 26/11/1917).

Colonel Charles Strangway Linton is buried at the FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND (Fins is a village on the road between Cambrai and Peronne). Grave II. C. 1

Medal Index card has his name as Linton, Charles Strangreys.











Lock at Masnieres were Lieut.-Col. Linton was killed