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    Default Charles Herbert Price 1881-1918

    My grandmother has a WW1 death penny for a soldier who fought alongside her father in the war. His name was Charles Herbert Price and he didn't appear to have any family at the time of his death, so all of his affects were left to my great grandfather. I thought that maybe if I could find some relatives of his, they might like to have the penny and a photograph that we have of him with my great grandfather.

    Unfortunately, his family are proving to be rather elusive. Here is what I have managed to find out so far:

    Charles Herbert Price born in Woolwich (Kent) in 1881 - found this in military records.

    His birth record shows that his mother's maiden name was Parsons.

    In 1879, Thomas Price married Esther Parsons in Farnham - this location seems to fit with the fact that Thomas was in the military (according to census records and Charles' baptism record)

    In 1891 census he is living in Chalvington, Sussex with his parents, Thomas and Esther Price:
    Class: RG12; Piece: 799; Folio: 41; Page: 14; GSU roll: 6095909

    In 1901 census, his parents are living in Barcombe, Sussex, but Charles is not living with them:
    Class: RG13; Piece: 914; Folio: 116; Page: 3

    Charles' father died in Lewes in 1908

    In 1911 census, he is living with his widowed mother in Lewes:
    Class: RG14; Piece: 5059; Schedule Number: 122

    In 1915, he enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery in Bury St Edmunds. His reg number is 82042

    In June 1918, he died in the field in France.


    After that the trail runs cold. I thought that, as Charles appeared to have no family when he died, his mother must have died before 1918. So far, I haven't found any death records from that time. The only one I have found in the right area is from 1946 at the age of 99 which makes her 4 or 5 years older than expected. If she did die that late, then why is her name never mentioned in any of Charles' military records?

    I realize that I might be able to get more information by ordering a copy of Charles' will and a copy of his parents' marriage certificate, but that is 20 I can't afford right now!

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    First name(s) Thomas
    Last name Price
    Birth year 1846
    Birth parish Ellesmere
    Birth town Ellesmere
    Birth county Shropshire
    Birth country England
    Service number ?
    Regiment -
    Year 1863
    Attestation date ? Jan 1863
    Attestation age years 17
    Attestation age months 10
    Attestation service number ?
    Attestation corps The Artillery
    Document type Attestation
    Series Wo 97 - Chelsea Pensioners British Army Service Records 1760-1913
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    In the 1939 register there is an Esther price (widowed) b 1846 living g at Fir Cottage , Chailey R.D., Sussex, England.
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    I would say she was actually born closer to 1846/7 than 1850/51.

    1861 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription
    Hays Farm, Bonwick, Barcombe, Lewes, Sussex, England
    Thomas Elliott Head Married Male 55 1806 Miller Journeyman Crawley, Sussex, England
    Emily Elliott Wife Married Female 51 1810 - Ashington, Sussex, England
    Esther Parsons Servant Unmarried Female 14 1847 General Servant Barcombe, Sussex, England
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    Probably this birth

    First name(s) ESTHER
    Last name PARSONS
    Birth year 1846
    Birth quarter 3
    Registration month -
    Mother's maiden name -
    District Lewes
    County Sussex
    Country England
    Volume 7
    Page 408
    Record set England & Wales Births 1837-2006
    Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory Civil Births
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    The GRO site gives. Birth. PARSONS, ESTHER mother's maiden name.. TICEHURST
    GRO Reference: 1846 S Quarter in LEWES CHAILEY WESTFIRLE AND NEWHAVEN Volume 07 Page 408
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    Her sister....Name: Mother's Maiden Surname:
    PARSONS, ELIZA TICEHURST
    GRO Reference: 1844 J Quarter in LEWES CHAILEY WESTFIRLE AND NEWHAVEN Volume 07 Page 390
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    In the 1871 census...the two sisters are together living as servants at Sillwood Place, Brighton, Sussex, England

    Eliza Parsons Servant - Female 24 1847 - Sussex, England
    Esther Parsons Servant - Female 22 1849 - Sussex, England
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    1851 England, Wales & Scotland Census
    Part OF, Barcombe Street, Barcombe, Lewes, Sussex, England

    Richard Parsons Head Married Male 52 1799 Agricultural Labourer Barcombe, Sussex, England
    Mary Parsons Wife Married Female 45 1806 - Mayfield, Sussex, England
    Richard Parsons Son Unmarried Male 25 1826 Agricultural Labourer Barcombe, Sussex, England
    Charles Parsons Son Unmarried Male 20 1831 Agricultural Labourer Barcombe, Sussex, England
    Isaac Parsons Son Unmarried Male 18 1833 Agricultural Labourer Barcombe, Sussex, England
    Eliza Parsons Daughter Unmarried Female 6 1845 Scholar Barcombe, Sussex, England
    Esthar Parsons Daughter Unmarried Female 4 1847 Scholar Barcombe, Sussex, England
    George Parsons Son - Male 1 1850 - Barcombe, Sussex, England
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    Doesn't look like Thomas and Esther had any other children. Or that Charles married and had any children. So there wouldn't be any direct descendants to pass the penny on to.
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