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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Thread: Charles Herbert Price 1881-1918
07-08-2018, 10:32 AM #1
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Charles Herbert Price 1881-1918
07-08-2018, 11:49 AM #2
First name(s) Thomas
Last name Price
Birth year 1846
Birth parish Ellesmere
Birth town Ellesmere
Birth county Shropshire
Birth country England
Service number ?
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 1760-1913Gortonboy. Mike.
07-08-2018, 12:09 PM #3
In the 1939 register there is an Esther price (widowed) b 1846 living g at Fir Cottage , Chailey R.D., Sussex, England.Gortonboy. Mike.
07-08-2018, 12:15 PM #4
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, EnglandGortonboy. Mike.
07-08-2018, 12:19 PM #5
Probably this birth
First name(s) ESTHER
Last name PARSONS
Birth year 1846
Birth quarter 3
Registration month -
Mother's maiden name -
Record set England & Wales Births 1837-2006
Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
Subcategory Civil BirthsGortonboy. Mike.
07-08-2018, 12:22 PM #6
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 408Gortonboy. Mike.
07-08-2018, 12:25 PM #7
Her sister....Name: Mother's Maiden Surname:
PARSONS, ELIZA TICEHURST
GRO Reference: 1844 J Quarter in LEWES CHAILEY WESTFIRLE AND NEWHAVEN Volume 07 Page 390Gortonboy. Mike.
07-08-2018, 12:26 PM #8
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, EnglandGortonboy. Mike.
07-08-2018, 12:29 PM #9
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, EnglandGortonboy. Mike.
07-08-2018, 12:33 PM #10
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.Gortonboy. Mike.
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