Ernest CHARLES Galsworthy

Date of birth: 1878
Place of birth: Bradford-upon-Avon, Wilts
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Battalion: 43rd Reserve Battery
Rank / Service No: Driver, 128625
Died: 8th March 1916, aged 38 years
Buried: Swanage (Northbrook) Cemetery


Charles was the youngest of 5 known siblings born to James and Grace Galsworthy (nee Cobley), who married in Devon in 1860.


James was born in Axminster in 1838 and died in Melksham in 1913.

Grace was born in Chudleigh, Devon in 1839 and passed away in Exeter in 1914.



Henry James   b. 1866 Yeovil   d. 1938 Cornwall   Married Martha Dudley in Bath in 1889.

Walter J.   b. 1868 Bath   d. ??   Married Joanna Hibbs in Bristol in 1887. Fought in the Boer War with 16th Queen’s Lancers and survived.

Arthur Francis b. 1870 Bath   d. ??   Married Edith Elizabeth George in Bristol in 1897. Was a Gunner in the R.F.A and was in a London hospital at 1901 Census.

Albert Edwin   b. 1872 Bradford-upon-Avon   d. 20 December 1901 South Africa. Fought with 16th Queen’s Lancers in Boer War…..

Ernest Charles


Charles married a Lydia E. in Fawley in 1900….unusually, the marriage record is unavailable online.

The couple had 6 children, 3 of them died in infancy and only 4 of them are known. The couple were living in Hartley Wintney at the 1901 Census.


Lydia was born in Fawley in 1874 and passed away in Bournemouth in 1944. She married Walter E. Barnes in Southampton in 1924.


Lydia Grace   b. 1902 Fawley   d. 1907 Melksham

Charles   b. 1904 Hartley Witney   d. 1979 Bournemouth   Married Nellie B. Ketchley in Bournemouth in 1926.

Arthur William   b. 12 July 1907 Fawley   d. 1963 Bournemouth   Married Florence M. Cheeseman in Bournemouth in 1952.

Walter Francis   b. 1909 Southampton   d. 1985 Wallingford   Married Kathleen C. Matthews in Oxford in 1938.


The 43rd Reserve Battery was in 3C Reserve Brigade, with the 44th and 45th Batteries.

They were based at Deepcut Barracks in Camberley, but were in Swanage at the R.F.A’s Training Depot from 1916 to 1918.


Interestingly, Charles is one of no less than 5 Drivers from the R.F.A buried in Swanage Cemetery.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 27th July 2016


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