Charles Henry Fitzjohn

Date of birth: 1884
Place of birth: Southampton
Date of marriage: 1906
Place of marriage: Glasgow
Service No.: 40070
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Tank Corps
Battalion: 2nd
Died: 8th August 1918 aged 34 years
Death location: France

 

Life before the War
Charles’ father Francis, also known as Frank, was born 1857, Marel, Cambridgeshire.  He died in 1934 leaving a Probate naming his son Francis:

“Fitzjohn Frank of 6 Stanford Avenue Preston Brighton died 30 October 1934 at 31 Brnswick Road Hove Sussex. Probate Lewes 24 January 1935 to Francis Albert Fitzjohn dentist. Effects £9193 9s 1d”

Charles’ mother Emily Ann, nee Upstill, was born in Bristol in 1885 and baptised in 14th October 1855.  She passed away in 1924 leaving a Probate which was in her husband’s name:

“Fitzjohn Emily Ann of 6 Stanford Avenue Brighton (wife of Frank Fitzjohn) died 22 April 1924. Administration Lewes 24 March 1925 to the said Frank Fitzjohn marine engineer. Effects £156 5s 3d”

Frank and Emily married on 7th August 1881 in Southampton.

Francis Albert was Charles’ only sibling, was born in 1882 Southampton.  Francis enlisted on 10th December 1915 serving with the Army Service Corps with the rank of Private.  The documents confirmed his marriage to Eliza Caldwell on 6th December 1906 in Ayr, Scotland, who was also his next of kin.  He gave his address as 76 Victoria Road, North Southsea, Hampshire.  He spent 20 days in hospital for anemia from 19th March 1919 and discharged back to duty. No actual date of discharge from the service could be found.

Francis Albert left a Probate when he died in 1953:
“Fitzjohn Francis Albert of 76 Victoria Road North Southsea Hampshire died 6th September 1953. Probate London 9th November 1953 to Lloyds Bank Limited. Effects £15889 12s 6d”

Francis Albert’s wife left a Probate naming her husband:
“Fitzjohn Eliza of 76 Victoria Road North Southsea Hampshire (wife of Albert Francis Fitzjohn) died 11 October 1948. Probate Winchester 22 January 1949 to the said Francis Albert Fitzjohn dentist. Effects £1315 13s 10d”

Charles married Margaret Ellen Nicholls in 1906 having a son, Frank Upstill, in 1908.  Margaret was born in 1889, Liverpool, Lancashire. No further trace can be found for her.

The 1901 census return shows the family at 87 Shirley Road, Shirley, Southampton.  Frank was employed as a Marine Engineer on the Seas, whilst Francis and Charles were Dentist Apprentices.

By 1911 the brothers were living together with their respective wives at 76 Victoria Road, North Southsea, Hampshire.  Francis had his own business which he worked at from home as a Dentistry and Dental Anesthetist.  Charles was an Assistant to his brother.  Charles and Margaret’s son was living with them.

Their mother Emily was living at “The Linders”, 72 Hill Lane, Southampton in 1911.  Living with her was grandson Morris Charles, born 1907 in Glasgow.  There was also a Domestic Servant. Her husband was probably at sea.

Morris may have been Charles’ second son.  As per the 1911 census, Francis and his wife Eliza state they don’t have any children, whereas Charles confirmed he and Margaret had two children.

 

War Service

This extract is © Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group have received permission to reproduce this extract from the narrative on the Old Tauntonians’ online War Memorial:http://www.ota-southampton.org.uk/memorial/index.html

Please do not reproduce any wording from this page.  If you want permission to use this narrative please contact the College on email@richardtaunton.ac.uk.

 

Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Wall

 Time at Taunton’s School: 1892 – 1898

Education and Employment: Charles and his brother Francis joined Taunton’s on the same day. They lived on Shirley Road and had previously attended Cato’s Private School, Charles worked as an assistant to his brother, who was a Dental Anesthetist.

Life during the war: Charles married Margaret Nicholls in Glasgow in 1906 and their son Frank was born in Perthshire in May 1908. By 1911 there were living with Francis Fitzjohn on Victoria Road in Southsea, Hampshire. Charles joined up in 1915 and was a Private with the Royal Tank Corps 2nd Battalion. He died in France with all the other occupants of his tank when it was blown up in 1918.

Charles died on 8th August 1918 ages 24 years.

Heath-Cemetery,-Harbonniere

Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres

Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres

George is Remembered with Honour on the Memorial in Vis-en-Artois, France. The memorial register reads:
“Fitzjohn, Pte. Charles Henry, 40070. 2nd Bn. Rank Corps. 8th Aug., 1918”

His name is also on the Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France’s memorial register (which varies slightly):
“Fitzjohn, Pte. C. H. , 40070. 2nd Bn. Rank Corps. 8th Aug., 1918. Plot reference II. D. 2.”

 

 

Personal Effects – his widow, as beneficiary, received payments of £8 8s 7d on the 21st January 1919, with a further payment for their children on 5th March 1919 for £16 16s 10d.  A War Gratuity was paid to her on 19th December 1919 of £10.

For his service to his country, Charles was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals.

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 20th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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