Charles Sumner was a 33 year old horse driver when he enlisted in October 1915. The family came from Campbell Town and his father John worked on Mona Vale.
Charles arrived in France in June 1916, assigned to the 52nd Battalion. In March 1917 he was killed when the Battalion came under artillery fire south of Lagnicourt. He was buried in Queant Cemetery at Buissy, but the site of his actual grave is unknown.
His effects, including a wallet, prayer book, spectacles, pencils and notebook, were forwarded to his father.
Charles’ story is part of our exhibition: Our Grateful Thanks and Loving Remembrance, a moving and deeply personal exhibition remembering the soldiers whose names are immortalised on the Ross War Memorial.