1299 Gnr. C. Christensen R.F.A.
|Victory Medal to 1299 Gunner Charles Christensen, Royal Field Artillery|
Charles Christensen was born in Clydebank, Dumbartonshire, Scotland in 1892. His father was blacksmith Jens J. Christensen, born in Denmark 1851. His mother was Magaret Christensen born in England.
Charlie was the youngest. His siblings were: William R. A. Christensen born 1877, Hannah C. Christensen born 1879, Ane M. Christensen born 1881, Magaret Christensen born 1883, Jens J. Christensen born 1888, Christian Christensen born 1890.
In 1891 the blacksmith family lived at 100 High Street, Renfrew, Refrewshire. In 1901 the family had moved to 13 Bouverie Street, Renfrew, Renfrewshire.
On June 4th 1913, Charles attested in Glasgow for 4 years in the Territorial Force, 1st/2nd City of Glasgow Battery, 3rd Lowland Brigade R.F.A. He stated that his employer was John Broos C. Ltd and his occupation as "Hammerman".
1/2nd City of Glasgow Battery was with 3rd Lowland Brigade on Scottish Coast Defences from August 4th 1914 to May/June 1915.
When Charles was discharged in on August 22nd 1919, his Battery commander mentioned him as being sober, reliable and intelligent. He was awarded bounty of 15 GBP.
Beside his Victory Medal in my collection, Charles Christensen were entitled to a British War Medal and a Territorial Force War Medal.
*Source: The Regimental Warpath 1914-1918 by P. B. Chappell