Date of birth: 1888Place of birth: St. Martin, Guernsey
Date of marriage: 22nd October 1910
Place of marriage: Register Office, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Battalion: H.M.H.S. “Asturisa”
Died: 1st April 1917 aged 29 years
Death Location: At Sea
Life before the War
Charles was born in 1888 in St.Martin Guernsey, his father was Peter Le Petuil was born at St. Martins, Guernsey in 1862. His mother was Marie (Mary) who was born in St. Servano, France. When she died, she left a Probate as follows:-
“Mauger born Mollet Mary of Grande Rue St. Mattin Guernsey (wife of Pierre Mauger) died 11April 1904. Probate London 16 March 1907 to Peter Gore Mollet butcher. Effects £85 18s 9d”
Charles had two sisters, Eugenie F born in1884 and Eva M born1890, who married Victor Mollet. Eva died on 11th April 1971 in Alderney.
In the 1891 census, the family lived at La Moye, Guernsey. Peter was employed as a Domestic Farmer. In the 1901 census the family were still living in Guernsey, but Peter had his own business as a Grocer Shop keeper, which he ran from his home.
Charles married Fanny Margaret Feeny on 22nd October 1910 at the Register Office, Southampton. They had 3 children:
Leonard Sylvester b.19th May 1913 d.1995. Married to Elizabeth Babbidge in 1941.
Charles Reginald John b.20th May 1911 d.1993. Married Elsie Kate Knowlton
Robert Prioux b.1st July 1917 d.1990
After her Charles’ death, Fanny married George H Cox in 1920, Southampton.
Charles is Remembered with Honour on the Tower Hill Memorial in London.
Mercantile Marine Memorial, Tower Hill
“Manger, Tmr. Charles Robert Prioux. H.M.H.S. “Asturias” (Belfast). Killed, as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine, or killed by a mine, 1st April, 1917. Age 29. Son of Peter Le Petuil Manger and the late Maria Manger; husband of Fanny Margaret Manger (nee Feeney), of 8, Derby Rd., Southampton. Born at Guernsey”
N.B. Recent research has shown that Trimmer Manger is buried at Southampton Old Cemetery. The Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark his grave. The casualty has previously been commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial and will be removed as and when the panel is replaced.
Charles is also Remembered with Honour at the Bailiwick Memorial, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, along with St. Martin’s Parish Memorial, Guernsey.
The National Roll of the Great War
“Mauger, C. R. P., Steward, Merchant Services.
Volunteering in August 1914, he did duty in H.M.H.S. “Asturias”, conveying wounded to England for a considerable period. In March 1917, this ship was torpedoed, and he was drowned. He was entitled to the General Service and Mercantile Marine War Medals.
8, Derby Road, Southampton”
A Sylvester Manger was living at 8, Derby Road, as per his National Roll of the Great War. However, his relationship with Charles Robert cannot be defined at the present time. Sylvester died on 23rd April 1916.
Historical Information – H.M.H.S. “Asturias”
When war was declared, the Admiralty requisitioned “Asturias” and she was converted into a hospital ship. She was then handed over to the Army and was soon employed making regular crossings to France to carry the wounded from the Western Front. She also served in the Eastern Mediterranean during the Dardenelles Campaign, returning the wounded from Gallipoli, Egypt and Salonkia to the UK.
In March 1917 after landing her wounded at Avonmouth, she was returning round Cornwall to her base at Southampton, where most of her crew lived. She was 5 miles off Start Point in Devon, when she was attacked by a German submarine and struck by a torpedo which blew off her stern.
Total casualties were reported as Military 11 dead, 3 missing including one nurse and 17 injured, reports for the crew showed 20 dead, 9 missing including one stewardess and 22 injured.
Researched by Becky Lonergan. October 2013.