MUNRO, Charles Fraser (1823 – 1884)

Troubled Service

The military service of Charles Fraser Munro (1823-08-01 – 1884-01-07) was hardly without incident. Charles was born in Aberdeen, and joined the Army at Glasgow on 14 October 1841. It was later revealed that he had been underage when he had enlisted.

His military service was tarnished by periods of arrest and detention. At one time he had obtained the rank of Colour Sergeant; but he was stripped of Colour, and later demoted in rank to Private. In the end, though, by the time of his discharge from the Army when he was 39 years old, he had regained the rank of Sergeant.

His time in the Army took him to Canada, the Crimea and to India, but once he had been discharged he retired to the Denbigh Militia in Wrexham, where he lived in Rhosddu with his wife Jane, who had been a laundry worker while Charles had served.

One highlight of Charles’ life was the “Gresford Annual Fete and Sham Fight” of 1869, where a mock battle was staged to attempt to take on the might of Gresford’s defenders, who had been charged to protect the numerous treasures of the local parish church, as well as the honour of half of Gresford’s fair maidens.

Credit for source material from which this article derives: Annette Edwards