Toon, Charles William (1891-1918)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918


Gunner Charles William Toon, aged twenty-six, paid the extreme price in war on May 28th, 1918, killed by a German shell. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Toon, and son-in-law of Mr. Francis Ralph, long associated, in each case, with our Fowell Street Church, on the Marylebone Circuit. His widow is left with three young children. The deceased, as a child, was a scholar in Fowell Street Sunday school, and at the time of his joining the Army, was a teacher and treasurer. He also held the office of assistant society steward. He was regular in worship, and devoted to his Church and Sunday school duties. His Lieutenant writes: “he was one of the most cheerful and reliable men in the Battery.” A fine testimony! His constant prayer was that God would grant him a safe return home, for the sake of his wife and bairns. In that form his prayer was not answered: but God has many ways of answering prayer, all of them in love, and all of them better than ours. His loved ones wait in hope.

Thos. H Bickerton


Charles was Gunner 319318 in the Royal Garrison Artillery, London Heavy Brigade. He was formerly 556497 in the Royal Engineers.

Before the war, Charles worked in the family laundry business. He married Ivy Ralph (1890-1984) in the summer of 1911. They had three children; Ralph William C (1913-1983), Lillian May (1915-2005), and Francis Samuel (1917-1998).


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/662

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  • Thank you so much for providing this information . It was wonderful to find some detail . He was my grandad and his loss his still being felt by his family

    By Roger Toon (05/08/2014)
  • Thomas S Bickerton is my great grandfather. He would have really understood the pain of this man’s family, as his eldest son was killed on the first day of the battle of the Somme in 1916. He later had the sadness of his other son being killed by a bomb, along with his daughter in law and grand daughter in WW2.

    By Karen Weston (02/02/2014)

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