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26 Aug 1899
8 Laurel Terrace, Nottingham
Charles (Charlie) was born in August 1899, the son of Henry (Harry) Bakewell and his wife Mary Hannah (known as Polly) nee Morris. He carried the names of his two grandfathers, Charles Morris and William Bakewell, and his paternal uncle, William Bakewell, who had died three months earlier on 23 May 1899. Henry and Mary Hannah (b. 4 June 1875) were married in 1897 (A/M/J Nottingham) and in 1901 were living at 11 Front Row, Nottingham, in the ecclesiastical parish of St Matthias. Henry (25) was a goods porter for the Great Northern Railway. He and Mary had two children, Ethel b. 24 September 1897 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Charles William b. 6 August 1899 (O/N/D Nottingham). Henry Bakewell died in 1907 (A/M/J Nottingham) aged 30 and his widow Mary Hannah married William Key in 1908 (O/N/D Nottingham). At the time of the 1911 Census Mary Hannah (35), described as a lace hand, was registered in the home of her brother, William Morris, and his wife Hannah, at 44 Windmill Lane, Sneinton. Also in the household were her daughter Ethel Bakewell (13) an errand girl, and her one-month old daughter by William Key, Florence May (b. 24 February 1911, Windmill Lane). Charles (11) was at 14 Woodhouse Street, Nottingham, in the home of his maternal grandparents, Charles and Elizabeth Morris. At the time the CWGC record was compiled Charles' mother was living at 11 Thorneywood Lane, Nottingham. Charles' sister, Ethel, married William H Parkin (b. 6 July 1897) in 1924 (J/A/S Nottingham) and in 1939 at the time of the England & Wales Register they were living at 28 Daisy Road, Carlton. William was a sales manager for wholesale food distributors. Also in the home were their three children: Alan H Parkin (b. 29 January 1925) a van boy for wholesale tea distributors, Margaret H Parkin later Radcliffe (b. 19 March ?1926) and Keith W Parkin (b. 12 September 1932). Ethel died in 1988 (Sep Nottingham) aged 91. His half-sister, Florence May Key married George Jackson (b. 24 October 1911) in 1933 (O/N/D Nottingham) and in 1939 they were living at 58 Flewitt Street, Nottingham. Florence was working as a cashier and George was a 'chemical process man'. Also in the household was Florence's widowed mother, Mary Hannah Key, who was a lace scalloper. Charles' mother died in 1951 (Jun Basford) aged 75.
02 Jun 1916
261436 - CWGC Website
Enlisted Nottingham, and probably living at his mother's address, 11 Thorneywood Lane, Nottingham
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Charles William Bakewell, served with the 17th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Welbeck Rangers). He was was killed in action on 2 June 1916 (one record states in 'France or Belgium') and is buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue (grave ref. II.G.6).
The following information has been supplied courtesy of Patricia Gurney who told us that Charles was cousin to her grandfather, Walter Harold Bakewell (1889-1979), who also served with the Sherwood Foresters in France: 'My grandfather recalled that Charlie was still only 15 when he enlisted, but told the authorities that he was 16 to avoid being turned away. This means that he must have joined up prior to August 1915 (I have a copy of his birth certificate, which states that he was born on 26th August 1899). My grandfather said that Charlie came to see him before leaving for the front, adding "he was 16 when they killed him." His date of death, 2nd June 1916, confirms that he would have been 16 years 9 months old when he died, although his age is given as 17 on his grave.' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his mother, Mary Hannah Key, was his sole legatee.
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