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Charles Frederick's birth was registered in 1877 (J/F/M Nottingham); he was the son of Frederick and Eliza Tooms. Frederick Tooms was born in Donnington, Lincoln, and Eliza in Derby. They had at least four children: Elizabeth, Mary E, Charles Frederick and Walter Henry who were all born in Nottingham. In 1881 Frederick (31), a coach builder, and Eliza (26) were living with Frederick's widowed father, Henry Tooms (62, b. Donnington Lincoln) at 19 Selden Place, Sneinton, Nottingham. Also in the household were Frederick and Eliza's four children; Elizabeth (7), Mary E (5), Charles (4) and Walter Henry (10 months, b. 1880). Henry's widowed brother, William Tooms (69, b. Donnington Lincoln), a plumber/glazier, was also living with them. The family has not yet been traced on the 1891 Census. Charles Frederick married Mary Alice B Hurst (b. 1876, A/M/J Nottingham) in 1899 (J/F/M Nottingham). They had five children one of whom died in infancy and was probably Frederick Henry Tooms b. abt 1903, died 1903 (O/N/D Nottingham) aged under one year. Their other children were Charles Frederick b. 1904 (A/M/J Nottingham), Harry b. 16 April 1907 (A/M/J Nottingham), Mark b. 8 October 1909 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Herbert b. 10 May 1913 (A/M/J Nottingham, mother's maiden name 'Hurst'). All the children were born in Nottingham. In 1901 Charles, a joiner, and Mary Alice were living at 7 Little John Street, St Ann's, Nottingham. By 1911 they were at 22 Little John Street. By now, Charles and Mary had had four children of whom three survived: Charles (7), Harry (4) and Mary (1). The youngest child, Herbert, was born two years later in 1913. The family was living at 16 Wainwright Street, St Ann's Well Road, Nottingham, when Charles attested in 1914, although this address was later deleted and replaced with 28 Norland Road, Nottingham. However, when Charles' personal possessions were returned to his widow in July 1916 she was living at 17 Wainwright Street, and this is given as her address on the CWGC record. Mary Alice Tooms died at the age of 85 in 1961 (March Nottingham). It seems that of Charles and Mary's four children: Charles Frederick married Gladys Locker in 1924 (A/M/J Nottingham) and died aged 58 in 1961 (March Nottingham). Harry married Ethel I Stanley in 1927 (A/M/J Nottingham) and died aged 70 in 1977 (December Nottingham). Mark married Winifred A Keetley in 1933 (J/F/M Nottingham) and died aged 67 in 1977 (June Nottingham). Herbert married Ethel L Rippon in 1937 (O/N/D Nottingham) and died aged 78 in 1991 (July Nottingham).
He was a joiner.
27 Mar 1916
66259 - CWGC Website
7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Charles volunteered for service, attesting at the age of 35 years and 8 months on 16 September 1914 at Nottingham. According to his Territorial Force Attestation he had previously served in the 'Old Volunteers RHR' [Robin Hood Rifles]. On 10 November 1914 he was posted to 7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters and following training arrived in France on 28 February 1915. Charles service record shows that he was charged with three offences during his time in the Army, on 30 August 1915 (record illegible), in January 1916 (21 days Field Punishment No. 1, offence illegible) and in March 1916 (14 days Field Punishment No. 2, drunk). In early 1916 the battalion was in trenches in the Mont St. Eloi area and Charles was killed in action on 27 March 1916. He had served for 1 year and 193 days (France: 1 year 28 days). He was buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St Eloi (grave ref. I.C.5). He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
According to a descendent, Charles' father Frederick came from Ireland and the family's surname may have been previously either Tombs or Toombs. Personal inscription on CWGC headstone: 'Oh rest in the Lord' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Mary Alice Tooms was the sole legatee. Charles' widow was awarded a pension of 25 shillings for herself and her four children, payable from 16 October 1916. Charles' personal effects were returned to his widow at 17 Wainwright Street, St Ann's, in July 1916. These comprised: 1 pipe, 1 belt, contg [containing] 1 coin (80? cents), photos, 1 Gospel of St Mark, 1 wallet.
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