Davies, Charles

Charles, age 9, is on the 1901 census as the brother-in-law of Thomas Wainwright, they were living in Ewloe, Hawarden (Flint),Cheshire. .   The Wainwright family itself consisted of Thomas 28 and a Coal Miner (Hewer), all the family had been born in Hawarden.  Elizabeth age 26, their son Edward J. age 5, daughter Mary R., 4 and daughter Eugenia 2.  Elizabeth’s father John Davies, a widower, who was 58 and described as Thomas’s Father-in-law and a Gardener

I believe that Charles was the son of Thomas’s wife Elizabeth Wainwright (nee Davies) as on the 1891 census she was 17 and living in Eaton Road, Chester, a Parlour Maid in the household of Margaret E. Davison, who had been born in Buckley.    Elizabeth then was 17.    Charles was born in 1892 and his birth registered in Hawarden (HAW/38/55).   Elizabeth had married Thomas Wainwright in 1895 in a Civil ceremony in Chester. (Cheshire West, Cheshire, ROC/33/105)

Charles was to suffer the death of his mother Elizabeth in 1908 (HAW/04A/35) and Thomas remarried in about 1 year, but probably he had to have someone to look after the children, it was often done in those days to keep the family from the workhouse.

Thomas Wainwright married Mary E. Wyatt in a civil ceremony in 1909 in Hawarden, (HAW/03/27) and Charles was to continue living in the household of Thomas & Mary Elizabeth as they are shown living in Chapel Row, Ewloe, near Chester in 4 Rooms.  However Mary Elizabeth was listed at the end of the names on the census form in 1911, and Charles was named just above her.   Thomas filled in the census form.  Thomas was now 38 and still in the coal mines as a hewer, he stated that he had 4 children born alive and they were still living.  Daughter Mary Eliza was 14 and a domestic general servant, son Edward. John* was 15 and an Iron Worker, Scrap Boy, son Thos. Albert was 7, Charles Davies, brother-in-law was single, now 19 and a coal miner (Haulage), Thomas’s wife Mary Eliz. Wainwright was 34 and described as “second wife,” married 2 years.

* Edward John Wainwright also lost his life in the Great War, please read his notes.  On Charles’s Flintshire WW1 Index Card his address was given as Chapel Row and the card was signed by Thomas Wainwright on the 16th October 1919 the same day he signed his son Edward John’s card, so I really believe that Thomas loved Charles as his own son.

There is an index card for Charles in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden.  Charles’s Regimental No. is different, 20789, but other details are confirmed and the address given is Chapel Row. The card was signed by Thomas Wainwright on the 16th October 1919. On the same day he signed his own son’s (Edward John) card.

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on  confirms the regimental details above and tells us that Charles resided in Ewloe Green and enlisted in Buckley.

Charles’s Medal card also on ‘ancestry’ details his medals and adds that his first Theatre of War was France and he entered it on 2nd December 1915.

Charles is remembered on the family gravestone

Monumental Inscription of the Wainwright Grave.

In Loving Memory of Elizabeth,

beloved wife of Thomas Wainwright of Ewloe

who died January 30th 1908 aged 33 years. 

“Safe in the arms of Jesus”.  

Also Pte. E.J. Wainwright 10th Batt. R.W.F.

son of the above, who died of wounds

Feb 5th 1917 aged 21 years.  

Also Pte. C. Davies 14th Batt R.W.F.

Killed in France May 6th 1916 aged 24 years.*

*Charles is also remembered on the Imperial War Museum – Memorial Project – – Description – Addition to gravestone.

Charles’s  Commonwealth War Grave Certificate states that he was the son of Mr J Davies of Moss Wrexham. We assume that this is the John Davies who is listed above in the 1901 census

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Hawarden Memorial

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