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14 Sep 1883
St Ann's, Nottingham
Christopher was the eldest son of Frederick (Fred) and Louisa Warren nee Norman. Both parents were born in Northamptonshire. Frederick, the son of William Warren, a publican, and his wife Sophia of Sheep Street, Northampton, was born on 26 March 1857 and baptised on 6 September 1857 at Northampton St Sepulchre. Louisa, the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Norman, was born in 1857 and baptised on 6 September 1857 at Northampton St Edmund. They were married in 1883 (O/N/D Northampton) and had five children, all of whom were born in Nottingham: Christopher Frederick b. 14 September 1883, Arthur Noel (Noel A on some census) birth registered 1886 J/F/M Nottingham, Margaret Mary b. 29 April 1889 (A/M/J Nottingham), Winifred Eleanor b. 5 July 1890 (J/A/S Nottingham) and Barbara Phyllis b. 21 April 1893 (A/M/J Nottingham). In 1891 Fred (33) and Louisa (33) were living in St Ann's, Nottingham, with their four children, Christopher (6), Noel (4), Margaret (2) and Winifred (9 months). Also in the house was Mary E Prince (16, b. Shardlow Derbyshire), a general domestic servant. By 1901 the family was living at 20 Stratford Road, West Bridgford. Fred (43) was a piano tuner. Also in the household on the night of the census were his wife Louisa (43) and their four youngest children; Noel (15) a grocer's clerk, Margaret (11), Winifred (10) and Phyllis (7). There is a record of a Christopher Warren (17, b. St Ann's Nottingham), Private in the 4th Battalion Notts and Derby Regiment, who on the night of the 1901 Census was in the Single and Married Soldiers' Quarters at Normanton Barracks, Normanton, Derby. However, there is a Royal Marine Light Infantry record that suggests Christopher joined the RMLI at the end of April 1901. Fred, now described as a teacher and musician, and Louisa were still living at 20 Stratford Road in 1911. Only their three daughters were at home on the night of the census: Margaret (21) of no occupation, Winifred (20) a teacher of music on her own account, and Barbara (17) who worked in a fancy warehouse (maker of neckwear). Christopher, now an Acting PO Stoker, was serving in HMS Lancaster in the Mediterranean at the time of the 1911 Census. Arthur has not yet been positively traced on the 1911 Census, but he may have joined the Royal Navy on 8 January 1902 on a 12 year engagement. A record in the Register of Seamen's Services for an Arthur Warren, born Nottingham, gives his date of birth as 29 December 1883 but the record is also annotated 'true date of birth 25 December 1885'. Arthur Noel's birth was registered in the first quarter of 1886 so he could have been born in the December. By giving an earlier year of birth he would have been able to join immediately on a 12 year engagement instead of having to wait until his 18th birthday. He joined as a probationary sick berth attendant and at the time of the 1911 Census there was an Arthur Warren serving in the Royal Naval Hospital, East Stonehouse, Devon, as a 2nd Sick Berth Steward aged 25 years old (his true age). The census describes him as 'married' and there is a record of an Arthur Warren whose marriage was registered in Basford in 1908 (J/A/S). Arthur extended his 12 year engagement on 8 January 1914 'to completion' and was finally discharged shore on 18 October 1922. Christopher married Rose Ethel Spencer (b. 21 November 1891, O/N/D Strood) in 1914 (O/N/D Strood). The CWGC record has Rose's address as 10 Roach Street, Cuxton Road, Strood, Rochester. Rose married Harry E Spencer in 1924 (J/F/M Medway Kent) and died in 1986 (Feb Shepway Kent) aged 94. Fred Warren died in 1923 aged 66 and Louisa in 1938 aged 80. Of Christopher's siblings: Arthur Noel died on 7 May 1956; the record of Probate gave his address as 53 Clumber road, West Bridgford. Margaret Mary married Harry P Dixon in 1919 (O/N/D Nottingham). She died on 20 September 1974 aged 85. The record of Probate gave her address as 55 Clumber Road, West Bridgford. Winifred Eleanor married Ferdinand J Penney in 1921 (A/M/J Nottingham). She died on 16 January 1982. The record of Probate gave her address as the Grange Nursing Home, Elm Avenue, Attenborough, Nottinghamshire. Barbara Phyllis married Leslie R Taylor in 1923 (A/M/J Nottingham). She died in 1992 (January Horsham West Sussex) aged 98. The record of Probate gave her address as Kentwyns, Kerves Lane, Horsham.
He was a grocer's clerk when he joined the Royal Navy. He joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry (Chatham Division) on 20 April 1901. He joined the Royal Navy on 14 August 1905.
03 Jul 1919
3048148 - CWGC Website
Royal Navy
HMS Fandango He joined the Royal Marine Light Infantry (Chatham Division) on 20 April 1901 (Ch/1266). He joined the Royal Navy on 14 August 1905 on a 12 year engagement to 14 August 1917, then extended on 11 September 1917. He served in the following ships and shore establishments: HMS Implacable, 14 August 1905-30 August 1905 (Stoker 2nd Class); HMS Egmont, 31 August 1905-11 October 1905; HMS Implacable, 12 October 1905-2 July 1906 (Stoker 19 February 1906, Stoker 1st Class 1 July 1906); Pembroke II, 10 July 1906-3 September 1906; HMS Ledda, 4 September 1906-7 September 1908; Pembroke, 8 September 1906-11 September 1908; HMS Wildfire, 12 September 1908-5 December 1909; HMS Tenedos, 2 December 1909-13 May 1910 (Acting Stoker PO, 6 May 1910); Pembroke II, 14 May 1910-30 May 1910; HMS Lancaster, 31 May 1910-14 June 1912 (Stoker PO, 6 May 1911); Pembroke II, 15 June 1912-30 July 1914 (Act. Mech, 1 July 1914); HMS St George, 31 July 1914-5 November 1914; Pembroke II, 6 November 1914-12 December 1914; HMS Shannon, 13 December 1914-31 January 1919 (Mechn. 1 July 1915); Pembroke II, 1 February 1919-14 April 1919; HMS Fox (Fandango), 15 April 1919-3 July 1919. His RN record was annotated, ‘NPI 1024/1919. Killed on 3rd July 1919 HMS Fandango’. Christopher was killed when HMS Fandango was mined in Russian waters (Dviva River). His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. HMS Fandango was a Dance Class tunnel minesweeper (converted tunnel tug T.98) lost to a mine on the Dvina River near Archangel in northern Russia. Fandango was part of a force sent by Churchill to forestall the advancing Bolshevik forces from capturing armaments stockpiled there.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 3 July 1920: ‘Warren. In loving memory of our beloved son Christopher, HMS Fandango, mined in Russian waters July 3rd 1919. Father, mother, brother, and sisters.’ {www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 4 July 1921: ‘Warren. In loving memory of our beloved son and brother, CF Warren, HMS Fandango, killed while minesweeping in North Russia, July 3rd, 1919. Father, mother, sisters, and brother.’ {www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Warren Arthur Noel of 53 Clumber-road West Bridgford Nottinghamshire died 7 May 1956 Probate Nottingham 30 August to Margaret Freda Yates married woman, Effects £1031 19s. 6d. Probate: Probate: Dixon Margaret of 55 Clumber Rd West Bridgford Nottingham died 20 September 1974 Probate Nottingham 17 October £6050 Probate: Penney Winifred Eleanor of the Grange Nursing Home Elm Avenue Attenborough Notts died 16 January 1982 Probate Manchester 18 February Not exceeding £2500 Probate: Taylor Barbara Phyllis of Kentwyns Kerves Lane Horsham W Sx died 18 January 1992 Probate Brighton 7 February Not exceeding £125000
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