Charles Henry LANGTREE


LANGTREE, Charles Henry

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Royal Field Artillery
Born: Essendon, Vic., 23 April 1883
Home Town: Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria
Schooling: Dookie College, Haileybury College
Occupation: Wool Classer
Died: Died of wounds, Somme, France, 3 August 1916, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot II, Row A, Grave 41
Memorials: Haileybury College HB, MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club
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World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Involvement Lieutenant, SN Officer, Royal Field Artillery

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles LANGTREE, of Melbourne, Australia.

Joined the British Royal Artillery in England and became a Lieutenant.  He was fighting for some time on the Western Front, where he was killed.  He was known at school as the 'Quator"  He was in both eleven and eighteen. He was a first-class ruckman, and was well able to hold his own with the rucks of other schools.  He was a first-class batsman.  He left school and took to station life.

Charles was an Australian rules footballer who played with Collingwood in the Victorian Football League. He played his only league game in round 12 of the 1900 VFL season against St Kilda.

Langtree was only 17 when he played his one game, against St Kilda, at the Junction Oval in Round 12, 1900. The Magpies won that day by 25 points. He had originally been from Warrenbayne in country Victoria, but he also attended Dookie College before being recruited to Collingwood as “an old boy” from Haileybury College. But in June 1915, as the war was ravaging the world, Langtree left Melbourne for England “where he obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery” in the British Army. Described as “a well-known footballer” who “at times” played for Collingwood, Lieutenant Charles Henry Langtree fought with distinction before dying of wounds at Corbie, France, on August 3, 1916.

He was 33. That was just a few days after his old side had beaten Fitzroy in the final round of the abbreviated 1916 season.