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  • The Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of Charles Wagstaff at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. 
Photo courtesy of the Gringley History Group.
Person Details
29 Jul 1893
Gringley
Charles was born in 1893 in Gringley on the Hill (birth registered J/A/S in Gainsborough) and was baptised in Holy Trinity Church, Gainsborough, on 2 September 1893. He was the son of Lucy Wagstaff, the unmarried daughter of George and Ann Louisa Wagstaff. George and Ann Louisa (nee King) both originated from Essex and were married in 1860 (marriage registered O/N/D, Lexden, Essex). According to the 1911 Census they had been married for 50 years and had had 11 children born alive of whom only nine were still living at the time of the census. Their daughter Lucy had been born in Essex (Hawthorn Green Lane) about 1869. At the time of the 1901 Census Charles (7) was living with his grandparents, George (65) and Ann Louisa (64) at Marsh Lane, Walkeringham. George was a hay cutter and presser. Also in the household were two of George and Ann's children; Thomas Wagstaff (25, b. Essex) also a haycutter and presser, and Ada (13, b. Walkeringham). The same year Lucy Wagstaff (32) was acting as housekeeper for her widowed brother, William (40, b. Essex) and his young family at Warp Farm Cottage, Laughton, Lincolnshire, although by 1911 it appears that she was again living with her parents who were now living at Gringley-on-the-Hill. At the time of the 1911 census Charles (17) was a horseman on Sloswicks Farm (part of the Welbeck Estate) working for the farmer Thomas Arthur. In 1917, just a few months before he was killed, Charles married Ada Elizabeth Knight (marriage registered J/A/S, Worksop). Ada was born in 1894 (registered J/A/S, Worksop) and at the time of the 1911 Census had been acting as housekeeper to her widowed father, Charles Knight who was working as a horseman and living at Ox Pastures Farm, Whitwell. After Charles' death Ada remarried (Mills) and lived at Ox Pastures, Whitwell, Mansfield. Charles' mother probably died in 1914 aged 45 (death registered A/M/J, East Retford).
In 1911 he was a horseman on a farm
05 Oct 1917
24
23065 - CWGC Website
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He enlisted in Gainsborough
Private
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Charles enlisted at Gainsborough and at first served with the Lincolnshire Regiment with service number 9174. He later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He died of wounds in 95th General Hospital, St-Omer, on 5th October 1917 and is buried at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France (grave ref IV.E.27).
Charles is buried in the same grave as 17944 Private D McArthur, Highland Light Infantry, who was killed on 6 October 1917. His widow, Ada, was his legatee. Additional source, ‘Gringley a Tribute to the 24 ‘ published July 2014 by the Gringley History Club. www.gohistory.org.uk (Courtesy of Alan Hickman)
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  • The Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of Charles Wagstaff at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. 
Photo courtesy of the Gringley History Group.
    Charles Wagstaff - The Commonwealth War Grave Commission headstone marking the grave of Charles Wagstaff at Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. Photo courtesy of the Gringley History Group.
  • Longuenesse (St Omer) Cemetery where Charles Wagstaff is buried. 
Photograph courtesy of CWGC.
    Longuenesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery - Longuenesse (St Omer) Cemetery where Charles Wagstaff is buried. Photograph courtesy of CWGC.