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21 Feb 1876
Morton Nottinghamshire
Charles was the son of William Jarvis and Priscilla Jarvis nee Denton. Both his parents were born in Bedford, William in about 1845 and Priscilla in 1846, and they were married there in 1864 (marriage registered O/N/D). Six children were named on the census of 1871 and 1881: Mary Ann (baptised 20 May 1866, Bedford St Paul), Priscilla (b. 1868, baptised 4 October 1868, Bedford St Paul), Ellen Jarvis (baptised 10 September 1871, Stamford Circuit), William (b. 1875, birth registered O/N/D Southwell), Charles (b. 21 February 1876) and Robert Amos (birth registered 1880, J/F/M Southwell); the three boys were born in Morton. In 1871 William, a drayman, and Priscilla were living at 12 East Street, Bedford, with their two daughters Mary Ann (5) and Priscilla (2). At some point William and Priscilla probably lived in Stamford as this was where their third daughter, Ellen, was born, but by 1881 they had moved to Nottinghamshire and were living at the Railway Gate House, Morton, where William (36) was a railway point man for the Midland Railway Company. He and Priscilla now had six children, Mary Ann (15), Priscilla (12), Ellen (9), William (5), Charles (3) and Robert (1). Charles' mother, Priscilla, died the following year in 1882 (death registered A/M/J Southwell); she was 35 years old. Charles' father was still living in Morton in 1891 although he was now working as a gate man for the railway. Four of his children were still living at home; Priscilla (22), who was described on the census as a housekeeper, Ellen (19), no occupation given, Charles (13) a farmer's lad, and Robert (11). William (17) was a farm servant in the household of a farmer, Samuel Richardson, at Far Baulker, Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, while the eldest daughter, Mary Ann (25), who had married John William Howard in 1883, was living with her husband, a barge boatman, and their three children, Priscilla Ann (6), George H (3) and Mary E (1), at 3 Parliament Street, Newark. Charles joined the Royal Navy five years later in 1896 and at the time of the 1901 Census was serving at sea; the ship was on the Great Bitter Lake, Suez Canal, Egypt. His widowed father, William (56) was still working as a railway gate man and living at the Railway Gate House, Fiskerton cum Morton in 1901. Only his youngest child, Robert Amos (21) a railway plate layer, was at home on the night of the census and it is likely he was the only one still living at home. The same year the eldest girl, Mary Ann Howard, was living at the Lock House, Newark, where her husband John (40) was a lock keeper. They now had six children, Priscilla Ann (16, b. Fiskerton) George Herbert (13, b. Fiskerton), Mary Ellen (11), Tom Charles (8), Ehtel Clara (6) and Elsie Dorothy (1); the four youngest children were born in Newark. Charles' second sister, Priscilla, had married John Thomas Mackley in 1892 (marriage registered A/M/J Southwell) and in 1901 they were living at Farnsfield House, Mansfield Road, Farnsfield, where her husband was a yardman on the farm. They had three children, Rose [Ethel Rose] (7), Albert [William Albert] (5) and John Charles (1). The other two siblings, Ellen and William, have not yet been traced on the 1901 Census. The children's father, William Jarvis, died three years later, death registered 1904, J/F/M Southwell. Charles married around 1905 and on the night of the 1911 Census was in the family home at 44 Laburnum Grove, North End, Portsmouth, with his wife, Anne Eliza (32, b. Lincolnshire) and their two children, Charles Edward (3, b. 1907, A/M/J) and Phyllis Ena (2, b. 1908, O/N/D); both children were born in Portsmouth. Mary Ann Howard, had been widowed in 1910 when her husband John William died at the age of 49, and in 1911 she was living at 27 Parliament Street, Newark with three of her four surviving children; Ethel Clara (16), Elsie Dorothy (11) and Joseph (9 b. Newark). Charles' second sister, Priscilla, had left her husband, John, who in 1911 was living with their son, John Charles (11, b. South Markham) at Shelford Lodge, Radcliffe on Trent, where he was a yardman on a farm. He completed the census form that he was married and had had four children of whom only three survived. Priscilla (44), meanwhile, was living at 2 Mount Square, Newark, as housekeeper to a widower, William Seales (68) who had one son, Ernest William (3). There is a record of the marriage of a Priscilla Mackley to a William Seales in 1914 (marriage registered A/M/J Nottingham). William Seales died in 1925 aged 81 (death registered March, Newark) and Priscilla Seales in 1929 (death registered June, Newark). she was 63. Ellen has not been traced on the 1911 Census. However, William Jarvis (35) was probably living at 42 Junction Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, with his wife of 13 years, Florence (31, b. Narboro, Leicestershire) and their two sons, George William (12) and Charles Henry (6), both of whom had been born in Wigston. Also in the household on the night of the census was William's five year old niece, Daisy Nellie Scarboro. William was employed as a coal carter for the Co-op Society. Also in 1911, Charles' youngest brother, Robert Amos (31), a plate layer for the Midland Railway, was living at Fiskerton with his wife Flora Emma (30, b. Market Deeping). They had been married for 9 years but had not had any children. Robert died in 1917 (death registered December, Southwell); he was 37 years old. At the time of Charles' death in 1915 his wife was living at 6 Wilfred Grove, Drummond Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire.
In 1891 Charles was a farmer's lad but gave his occupation as labourer when he joined the Royal Navy on 22 April 1896.
16 Jan 1915
2802561 - CWGC Website
202452 (Po)
Chief Stoker(Petty Officer)
Royal Navy
H.M. Submarine E5 Royal Navy. Charles was 18 years old when joined the Royal Navy on 22 April 1896 on a 12 year engagement. He extended his service on 22 April 1908 and then served continuously until his death in 1915. He joined as a Stoker 2nd Class and was promoted Chief Stoker on 1 August 1911. Charles died accidentally; his service sheet was annotated ‘DD January 1915. Death from misadventure (Sub E5) NP239/1915’ and an additional note recorded the finding of s Court of Enquiry into his death, ‘NP2744/15. Report of Ct of Enquiry. Death due to asphyxiation caused by water drawn into his lungs when fell overboard from a plank when going onboard Submarine E5. No blame attributable to anyone.’ He is buried in Great Yarmouth (Caister) Cemetery, Norfolk (B.243).
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