Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connah's Quay & Shotton
Name / Enw: Bullock, Charles
Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Bn Grenadier Guards
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Guardsman (Private) 20108
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Stockton-on-Tees (Oxbridge Lane) Cemetery
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: C.R. 32
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: United Kingdom
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British & Victory Medals & 15 Star
Date of Death: 20th October 1916
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Died of Wounds at “Home” on the 20th October 1916 age 21 years
I do know now that a Charles Bullock was named on the St. Ethelwold’s School Roll of Honour for those pupils who had fallen in WW1, so he must have been here many years before the war.
I believe that this family is his, his parents, John Douglas & Harriet Ann Bullock (nee Cyples) may have married in 1889 in Wolverhampton, and on the 1891 they were living at Laurel Place, Milton Rd., Wednesfield, Staffs. John, 25 was an Iron Sheet Shearer, his wife Harriet was 23 and they both had been born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.
By 1901 the family had enlarged a lot and they had moved and were living at 1, Jubilee Terrace, Shotton, Flintshire. John, 35 was still a Steel Sheet Shearer, Harriet A. now 32. Their sons were Charles, 6, Benjamin H., 5 and Fred, 2. Their only daughter was Elsie also 2, so it looks as though Fred & Elsie were twins. There was a Servant, Hannah Cooper, 15 and they had all been born in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.
There is a little mystery, as I found on the 1911 census John D. & Charlie (sic) living as boarders at 6, Stafford Street, Stockton-on-Tees along with another boarder, one Harry Bullock, age 19, (making him the eldest son, if he was a son of John & Harriet) the 3 having been born in Wolverhampton as well, plus the fact that Harry was positioned after John & before Charlie(sic) on the census, making it look as though they were related. So where was Harry during the taking of the other censuses? They were living with another family, the Harris family, head of which was Mary Ann, 43, widow born Darlington, Durham as were her 4 sons, Walter, 12, George, 9, Fred, 6 and baby Robert, 8 months. There was 1 servant Kate Jones, 16, born in Thornaby, Yorks. There were only 4 rooms!
At the same time, on the 1911 census, Harriet and the rest of the family were living at 42 King Edward St., Shotton, Flintshire. Harriet, 42 and wife had written out and signed the census. Son Herbert, 15 a Brickmaker, had been born in Wednesfield, Staffs. Twins Fred and Elsie, 12, born in Wolverhampton, were at school, as were Olive, 9 and Sidney, 6, with the 2 youngest, Clifford, 4 and daughter Jessie had all been born in Shotton, Flintshire. So we know the family were here before 1901.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission additional information: – Son of John and Harriet Bullock, of 2, Charnwood Terrace, Tees Bridge, Stockton-on-Tees, which means that the family may have moved after the war, as the information may have been compiled after the 31st August 1921, the cut-off date for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was. So we don’t know when this was, any information would be gratefully received.
The CWGC Certificate does not have a photo on the front of the Certificate so here is a photo of the Stockton on Tees (Oxbridge Road) Cemetery.
Charles’s Grave (No.2) Record on the CWGC site below shows that probably in the 1920’s his father was living in Stockton-on-Tees.
Charles Bullock in the UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 tells us that his birthplace was Wolverhampton, Staffordshire. This also states that his death place was France & Flanders, but other documents tell us he died at home and indeed he was buried in Stockton-on-Tees. No bodies were brought home after William Charles Glynne Gladstone was brought home in 1915.
Charles Bullock in the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 tell us that he did die at “Home” from his wounds, and also the sole Legatee was his father John who was paid £19. 6s 10d on the 25th January 1917 and his War Gratuity of £9 on the 4th October 1919.
Charles Bullock in the British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 tells us that his first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on the 11th August 1915 and he died of wounds.
I cannot find his Army Service Records, so cannot shine any more light on his time in France.
Any information gratefully received.