Life Before the War
Charles was born in 1898 in Shirley Southampton his parents were Thomas and Harriet, he had 4 sisters Eva L b1896, Mabel b1900, Florence b1905 and Rosa 1909 he also had 1 brother Frederick b1902.
Thomas was born in 1873 in Grazeley Berkshire and Harriet in 1864 from London, they were married in 1894.
In the census of 1901 Charles was living with his parents, brothers and sisters at 11 May Road. Freemantle,his father Thomas was registered as a corn porter. Also living at the address as a boarder who had “her own account” as a dressmaker.
In 1911 the census records his father as still being a corn porter, Eva was an apprentice tailoress and Charles was a grocers errand boy, they were still living at 11 May Road Freemantle.
Charles joined the Merchant Navy on the Prince Line. He served on the French Prince a British transport cargo ship. In 1912 she was renamed Bulgarian Prince SS and in 1915 the French Prince SS for the Prince Line. On 15th February 1917 while in South America – on the South East coast she was captured by the German raider S.S Moewe and scuttled with charges, at the time she was carrying a cargo of oats,corn and tinned corned beef, she was about 490 miles off Cape Frio – the coast of Brazil.
The survivors were fortunate to be taken prisoner, but Charles died later that year, aged 19 in a prisoner of war camp in Germany.
His sister joined the Royal Flying Corp in response to the sinking and was stationed near Salisbury – she kept the photo sent to the family of his grave her whole life.
Researched by Brenda White August 2014 – following information given by Liz Lucas, Charles was her great uncle. We thank her for contacting us and providing information, enabling us to write a story for him.