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Mitcham Surrey
Charles was born in 1899, the son of Samuel George and Annie Elizabeth Hurst. Charles was baptised on 21 May 1899 at Beddington St Mary's church, Surrey. His father, Samuel, was born in Bermondsey, London, and his mother, Annie (nee Taylor), in Reading, Berkshire, in 1868. At the time of the 1891 Census both of them were living on West Street in Havant, Portsmouth. Samuel, who worked with sheep skins and was later a skinner, was a boarder in the household of William Cousins, a parchment maker, and his family. Annie was a general servant in the household of a widower. Samuel and Annie were married in 1892, marriage registered in Portsea Island, Hampshire, and had eight children all of whom were still living at the time of the 1911 Census: Henry Leonard (b. 26 January 1893, Havant), Annie Millicent (b. 1894, Havant), Elizabeth Edith (b. 1896, Havant), Charles Martin (b. 1899, Mitcham, Surrey), Jessie May (b. 1903, Mitcham), William George (b. 12 April 1906, Nottingham), Albert Edward (b. 4 February 1909, Nottingham) and Winifred (b. 30 June 1910, Nottingham). In 1901 Samuel (30) and Annie (30) were living at 2 Mill Green Cottages, Mill Green Road, Wallington, in the parish of Beddington St Mary. Samuel's occupation was described as a skinner (chamois). They had four children, Henry (8), Annie (6), Elizabeth (5) and Charles (2). Also in the household was Samuel's niece, Ellen Cross (13, b. Havant) and his widowed mother-in-law, Annie Taylor (61). The family had moved to Nottingham by 1906 and at the time of the next census in 1911 they were living at 48 Beauvale Road, Meadows. All eight children were still living at home: Henry (19), an iron monger's assistant, Annie (16) a curtain finisher, Elizabeth (15) a cotton winder, Charles (13) an ironmonger's errand boy, Jessie (7), William (4), Albert (2) and Winifred (10 months). Samuel's mother-in-law, Annie Taylor, was still living with them. Charles brother, Leonard, also served in the war. There is a Medal Roll record for a Leonard Henry Hurst who served in the RAMC (79584 Private) but a roll of honour of men from Nottingham Castle Gate Congregational Church who were serving in 1917 lists a Private HL Hurst in the 29th Pv Bat. His two other brothers, William and Edward, were too young to serve. His father died in 1954 aged 84 and his mother in 1965 aged 97; both deaths were registered in Nottingham. Of Charles' siblings, Annie Millicent married Albert Walker in 1918. Henry may have spent some years in Australia but may have died in England in 1983 aged 90 (registered Newmarket, Cambridgeshire). Jessie married William Henry Glibert Skellington in 1937 and died on 5 October 1953 (registered Nottingham). William married Edith N Lyon in 1931 and died on 14 July 1980 aged 74 (registered Nottingham). Albert married Ivy E Whitt in 1937 and died in 1992 aged 83 (registered Nottingham). Winifred married Rosslyn Murden in 1938 and died in 1992 aged 82 (registered Nottingham). No trace has been found of Elizabeth after the 1911 Census.
In 1911 he was an ironmonger's errand boy.
16 Apr 1918
189940 - CWGC Website
He enlisted in Nottingham
9th (Glasgow Highland) Bn Highland Light Infantry
According to the Medal Roll he formerly served in the Royal Fusilers (1558). He served in France from 16 November 1915. He was killed in action and is buried in Nieppe Communal Cemetery (grave on north side of centre path. He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
CWGC cites Marvin as Hurst's middle name but it is Martin on the 1911 Census. Register of Soldiers' Effects: his father was his sole legatee.
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