On 1st July 1916, Stonehouse led a platoon of "W" Company into the battalion's attack on Serre. According to an eyewitness statement by 20939 Fred Whitesmith, Stonehouse was near the enemy's trench when he was hit in the wrist. His orderly, 15216 Roland Banks, was killed while binding up his wound and Stonehouse himself was afterwards hit in the head and killed.
Charles Stonehouse is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial for the reason that he had no known grave. In fact, he was the only full Lieutenant of the Accrington Pals killed at Serre whose corpse remained unidentified after the war. There was, however, only one grave in the Serre cemeteries that was recorded as being that of an unknown Lieutenant of the East Lancashire Regiment: grave B.24 in plot 1 of Serre Road Cemetery No.3. In 2017, the Ministry of Defence accepted the author's evidence that Charles Stonehouse is buried in this grave, and a rededication service took place on 3rd July 2018.
Rededication service at Serre Road Cemetery No.3, 3rd July 2018. Twelve family members travelled from Britain to take part.
© Andrew C Jackson 2000, 2008, 2018
Compiled from TNA document WO339/22597, CWGC records, and the Quarterly Army List for September 1915.