|The following item concerning
Charles Boon is reproduced by kind permission of Peter Doyle
from his 'Doomed
Youth' pages on the University of Greenwich web site.
student of the Art School from 1911-1916, Charles Boon was
enrolled as a full-time Day student.
He was clearly a gifted student and artist, as he regularly
gained prizes and scholarships for his work.
For example, for the Session 1911-1912 he achieved a
Polytechnic Prize, worth 7s 6d; for 1913-1914 he gained a L.C.C.
Evening Exhibition in Art to the value of £3 per session with
free tuition at Woolwich (reported in the Woolwich
Polytechnic Magazine for January 1916), and in 1914-1915 he
won a National Competition in Art Book Prize to the value of £1
awarded by the Board of Education (WPR) and a Sessional Course
Certificate (WPM May 1916). Charles
Boon was born in Plumstead on August 24th 1897 (SD vol. 2; WPR),
and was the son of Charles John and Marion Annie Boon, of 39, Plum
Lane, Plumstead, London (CWGC).
Bombardier, 403rd Battery, 220th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. He enlisted at Woolwich, and died of wounds in
Mesopotamia on 26th October 1918, aged 21 (SD vol. 2; CWGC).
Boon has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial
to the Mesopotamian Campaign, Shatt-al-Arab, Iraq, Panel 3 and 60.
This memorial records over 40,000 Commonwealth dead from
the campaign. He is
also commemorated on the Woolwich Hospital War Memorial Roll of
Honour, as well as the memorial panel associated with the reredos
of St Margaretís Church, Plumstead, now located in St Mark with
St Margaretís Church, Old Mill Road, Plumstead.
CWGC = Commonwealth
War Graves Commission