TM5492 : Memorial plaque to honour Sergeant Claud (no E) Castleton

taken 2 months ago, near to Lowestoft, Suffolk, Great Britain

Memorial plaque to  honour Sergeant Claud (no E) Castleton
Memorial plaque to honour Sergeant Claud (no E) Castleton
Claud Charles Castleton, V.C. (12 April 1893 – 29 July 1916) was born in South Lowestoft. At the age of 19, in 1912 he set out to see the world stopping off at Melbourne. He worked all over Australia before starting to make his way home via New Guinea. He was there when war was declared and he joined the Australian Imperial Force. He served in Gallipoli where he earned promotion before transferring to become a Sergeant in the 5th Machine Gun Company. During the night of 28/29th July 1916 in an attack near Pozières, France, his section was driven back by the intense machine-gun fire from the enemy trenches. Many wounded were left in "No Man's Land" lying in shell holes. Sergeant Castleton went out twice in the face of this intense fire, and each time brought in a wounded man on his back. He went out a third time and was bringing in another wounded man when he was himself hit in the back and killed instantly.
This memorial was unveiled in July 1916 on the centenary of his death.
An extract from "The London Gazette", No. 29765, dated, 26th Sept., 1916, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack on the enemy's trenches the infantry was temporarily driven back by the intense machine gun fire opened by the enemy. Many wounded were left in "No Man's Land" lying in shell holes. Serjt. Castleton went out twice in face of this intense fire and each time brought in a wounded man on his back. He went out a third time and was bringing in another wounded man when he was himself hit in the back and killed instantly. He set a splendid example of courage and self-sacrifice"

Unfortunately the powers that be, decided to avoid any great expense by simply replacing a slab near the water fountain in Royal Plain with this memorial which took me 15 minutes to find and it's trodden on, generally unnoticed by the passer by and is susceptible to fouling by dogs. Plus they didn't even spell his name correctly.
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