Charles Dawson Gaffney

Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1913
Service No.: 325030
Rank: Private
Regiment: Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding)
Battalion: 1st / 7th
Died: 28th March 1918 aged 29
Death location: France & Flanders


Life before the War
Charles was the youngest of 5 children born to parents William Thomas (1852-9/2/1931) and Elizabeth Marian, nee Callen (1852-8/7/1940). William was born in Sheppey and Elizabeth in Southampton.  They married in 1880 in Southampton.

Charles’ older siblings – 2 sisters and 2 brothers – were:

Marian Eliza born 1880 in Southampton and died 7th May 1944.  Marian married Thomas Herbert Cock in 1904 in Redruth.

Agnes was born 1881 in Southampton and died in 1910. Agnes married William George Coward in 1907.

William was born 1883 in Southampton and died in 1900.

Alfred was born 10th October 1885 and died in 1972.

Census records
In 1891 Charles was living with his family in Newtown, Southampton.  His father was a Carpenter and Joiner.

By the time of the 1901 census the family had moved to 6 Cecil Avenue, Shirley, Southampton and William was working as a Ships Joiner.

Ten years later, in 1911, the family were living at 9 Waterhouse Lane, Shirley, Southampton and Charles was working as a Ships Steward whilst his father was still working as a Ships Joiner.

In 1913 Charles married Lucy Emma Ruddock.  Lucy was born in Southampton in 1886, the daughter of Frederick George Ruddock and Lucy Whitlock.

Charles and Lucy had one son Charles F W Gaffney born 1914.

At the time of Charles’ death Lucy was living at 153 Priory Road, St Denys.  Lucy died in Southampton in 1965 aged 79.


“William Thomas Gaffney of 9 Waterhouse Lane Southampton died 9 February 1931 at 1a Chilworth Road Southampton. Administration Winchester 17 February to Marian Elizabeth Gaffney widow. Effects £205 10s. 2d.”   

“Marian Elizabeth Gaffney of 9 Waterhouse Lane, Shirley Southampton widow, died 8 july 1940. Probate Winchester 6 August to Marian Eliza Cock (wife of Thomas Herbert Cock) Effects £275 4s. 1d.”

“Eliza Marian Cock of 98 Egloshayle Road, Wadebridge Cornwall, widow died 7th may 1944 . Probate Bodmin 17 October to Thomas Herbert Cock smallholder. Effects £1539 12s. 7d.”


War Service
Charles served as a Private with the Duke of Wellington West Riding regiment 1/7 battalion.  Charles was reported as presumed dead on 23rd October 1916 and his effects left to his father.  Charles is buried in the Belgian battery corner cemetery in the locality of West-Vlaanderen.


Researcher: Amy Wiles
Published: 29th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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