Charles William James Jerome

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Army Service Corps
Battalion: 2nd Div. Train (2nd Coy.)
Rank / Service No: Driver, T/32670
Died: 6th March 1915, aged 20 years
Buried: Bethune Town Cemetery, France (Plot IV, Row A, Grave 41)


It cannot be ascertained exactly whom is Charles’ mother. It is known that his father was Charles, and he married either Sarah Ann Broomfield or Jane Ellen Martin in Southampton in 1892.


Charles had previously been married to Caroline Jemima Gilbert, and they had one son. Caroline passed away in Southampton in 1891 and Charles in 1894.


It is entirely possible that Charles only knew the couple’s first-born and never saw his second son at all.


It seems that who ever the mother was, she could not (or would not) keep the children. Charles lived with (either an uncle or aunt) William and Elizabeth Young at the 1901 Census, at 73 Northumberland Road, St. Mary’s….it is not known where his sister was.


Louisa Caroline   b. 17 June 1893 Southampton   d. 1976 Southampton   Married Arthur Mitchell in Lymington in 1915.

Half-bother Charles Alfred   b. 1865 Southampton   d. 1910 Southampton Married Bessie Strickland in Southampton in 1901.


Louisa is found in the Linsell household at 42 Belmont Road, Portswood, as a servant, at the 1911 Census.


Her and her family were living in Christchurch in 1939, but evidently moved back before 1976.



The “T” before Charles’ service number denotes that his company looked after horse transport.


It is known that he died in Bethune, which was a major Allied hospital centre for much of the war.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 4th October 2016


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