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Charles Henry was born in 1896 in Nottingham and was the son of Thomas a lace maker and Alice Ann Gee née Foster. His father Thomas was born in 1858 in Bedworth, Warwickshire, and his mother Alice Ann Foster was born in 1855 in Sheffield. They were married in 1880 in Radford and went on to have 11 children, sadly three of whom died in infancy or early childhood. Their surviving children listed on the 1891/1901/1911 census were Alice Ann b1881, Mary Jane b1883, Ada b1883, John Thomas b1888, James b1890, Ernest b1892, Charles Henry b1896 and George b1898. All the children were born in Nottingham. His father Thomas died in 1906 aged 58 yrs. In the 1911 census the family are shown living at 18 Greek Street, Radford, and are shown as Mrs Gee 56 yrs she is living with her children, Ernest 19 yrs a bobbin carrier, Charles Henry 15 yrs a warehouseman in a cotton mill and George 13 yrs a cotton mill worker, also at the address is Edward Noon 19 yrs a lace maker a boarder Charles Henry married Minnie Ellen (Nellie) Pitman on 14th August 1915 in the Parish Church, New Radford, they went on to have a son Charles Henry Gee born 15th May 1916. They lived at 3 Alfred Street, Nottingham. Following Charles' death his wife and child lived at 47 Independent Street, Radford, Nottingham. In October 1918 his widow received a letter from the Ministry of Pensions informing her that she would be receiving a pension of 20 shillings and 5 pence in respect of her and her son with effect from 21st October 1918.
In 1911 he was a cotton mill warehouse man.
29 Mar 1918
1581317 - CWGC Website
3 Alfred Street, Radford
1/5th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Private Charles Henry Gee, enlisted on 9th December 1915 at Nottingham, he gave his age as 21 yrs and 4 months, he gave his address as 3 Alfred Street, Radford, Nottingham and his occupation as a factory engine driver, his next of kin was his wife Minnie Ellen of the same address. He was posted to the reserves the following day. He was mobilised on 21st July 1916 and was posted to the West Riding Regiment on 24th July 1916. He later transferred to the 1/5th battalion Durham Light Infantry. He landed in France on 12th December 1917 and was killed in action on 29th March 1918. Having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 19 April 1918: ‘Gee. Killed in action, March 29th, Pte. Charles Henry Gee, Durham Light Infantry, beloved husband of Nellie Gee, 47, Independent-street. The unknown grave is the bitterest blow. From broken-hearted wife & baby Charles.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, 'In Memoriam', 29 March 1919: 'Gee. In remembrance of my dear husband Charles Henry Gee killed March 29th 1918. Shattered hopes. Wife and baby.'
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