Charles Edward James Ensor

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 38205
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment / Division: Hampshire
Battalion: Royal Garrison Artillery
Died: 18th October 1919 aged 21 years
Death location: Shorncliffe Military Hospital, Ken


Life before the War
Charles was born in Southampton in 1898 to Edward Robert (b.10/06/1863 – d.18/08/1927) and Margaret Lennox Ower Ensor, nee Maclauchlan (b.20/05/1870 – d.10/07/1934).  His parents were married in Southampton in 1898.   There was a probate for his father dated 27th March 1928:

‘ENSOR Edward Robert of 3 Westwood Road Southampton died 18 August 1927. Probate London 27 March to Margaret Lennox Ower Ensor widow and Charles William Ensor medical practitioner. Effects £10177 1s. 9d.’

Charles William was Edward’s brother.

The probate for Charles’ mother was dated 29th August 1934:

‘ENSOR Margaret Lennox Ower of Sunnyside Stockbridge Hampshire widow died 10 July 1934. Administration Winchester 29 August to Betty Margaret Ower Ensor spinster.  Effects £8194 10s. 5d.’

Charles had one sister, Betty Margaret Ower (b.1905 – d.27/12/1944).

There were three probates for Betty.  One of which, dated 21st April 1945, left effects to her uncle Charles William Ensor, and another probate dated 2nd December 1948 read:

‘ENSOR Betty Margaret Ower of the Old Manor Salisbury spinster died 27th December 1944.  Administration London 2 December to Malcolm Stewart Maclauchlan retired captain H.M. army.
Effects £934 9s. 10d.
Former Grants P.R. 21 April 1945 and 5 December 1947.’

Malcolm was Betty and Charles’ uncle (her mother’s brother)

Charles had another uncle, Alan Stewart Maclauchlan, who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in WW1 and was killed in action in France on 28th March 1918.  Alan’s name is also on the Cenotaph and you can read his story by selecting his name.

On the 1901 census Charles is living with his parents at 175 West Street, Wimborne, Dorset.  This is the address of his grandfather, John Thomas Ensor, who is employed as an Auctioneer and Farmer.  Charles’ father is a Solicitor with his own account.

The 1911 Census shows that the family is now living at 40 Archers Road, Southampton.  Charles’ aunt Lilian Maclauchlan is visiting.  Also at the address are Elfreda Beatrice Louise Bartlett (Governess), Helen Lever (Cook) and Rosa Jessie Runk (Housemaid).  Charles’ father is still a solicitor working at 4 Portland Street, Southampton.

Military History
Charles was living at 49 Westwood Road, Southampton when he enlisted as Private 38205 in the Hampshire Regiment on 23rd September 1916, aged 17. 

In May 1917 Charles was transferred from the Malvern Court Cadet Corps to the Royal Garrison Artillery Cadet Corps at Trowbridge.  On 2nd December 1917 he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the R. G. A. Hampshire T/F, and Lieutenant on 2nd June 1919.

Charles died on 18th October 1919 at the Military Hospital, Shorncliffe Camp, Sandgate Kent, after serving in France.

There was a probate dated 8th April 1920:

‘Charles Edward James of 4 Portland-street Southampton lieutenant R.G.A. died 18 October 1919 at Military Hospital Shorncliffe Kent.  Administration London 8 April to Edward Robert Ensor solicitor.  Effects £114 14s 8d’

The address given in this probate was actually the business address of Charles’ father.

Charles was awarded the 1914 – 1915 Star, the Victory and the British War Medals.

He is buried at the Southampton Old Cemetery.  Grave reference 40 F 108.  Also buried here are his parents Edward and Margaret and his sister Betty.  The inscription reads:

Ensor family grave and memorial stone

Ensor family grave and memorial stone

‘In Loving memory of Charles E J Ensor Lieut. R.A. (Teddy)
Only son of Edward and Margaret Ensor
Who after service in France
Died at Shorncliffe Military Hospital

Also to the Sacred and ever Loving Memory of
Edward (Ed) Robert Ensor, husband of Margaret
Born June 10th 1863 – Died August 18th 1927

Also to the Sacred and Loving Memory of
Margaret , the beloved wife of Edward Robert Ensor
Born May 20th 1870 – Died July 10th 1934

Also in Loving Memory of
Betty Margaret Ower Ensor
Beloved daughter of Edward Robert and Margaret Ensor
Died December 27th 1944, aged 39 years’

This cemetery is on Southampton Common and was made in 1846 under Act of Parliament.  It contains 99 Commonwealth war graves of the 1914-18 War, a plot of 21 1914-18 War Belgians and 15 Commonwealth war graves of the 1939-45 War.

Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published.: 30th June 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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