Durdle, Charles Allen

Charles Allen Durdle was born about 1894 and was baptized on the 12th August 1894 at Hunstanton, Norfolk.   He was the son of Charles Arthur & Ada Elizabeth Durdle (nee Jackson) who I believe married in a Civil Ceremony in Wrexham in 1891 ((Wrexham) WM/035/72).

Charles Allen was recorded on a census for the first time in 1901 when he and his family were living at Mostyn, Lodge, Whitford.   Head of the household was Charles Durdle, 36 a Coachman who had been born in Cranborne, Dorset.   His wife Ada, 30 had been born in Wrexham.   Their children Gertrude, 8, and Allen 6, had been both been born in Hunstanton, Norfolk.   Hilda, 4, Frederick, 2 and Eric, 8 months had been born in Mostyn.

10 years later, in 1911, the family were still in Mostyn Lodge but the family had grown.  Charles, 46, was still a Coachman and had been married for 19 years to Ada Elizth. who was then 40. Eight children had been born, all of whom were still living.   Charles Allen, 16 was a Groom.   George Fred, 12, Eric, 10, and Herbert, 8, were all at school and Alice Mary, 4 and Arthur Francis, 1 made up the family.

UK, Soldiers Who Died in the Great War, 1914-1919, accessible on includes an entry for Charles Allen Durdle. It confirms the regimental details above and tells us that his birth place was Kings Lynn, Norfolk. His residence was, I believe,  Holywell, Flintshire, but the transcription was a bit garbled.   It tells us that he he enlisted in Newtown, Hants., and he was formerly in the Welsh Horse, Regimental number 801. This source tells us he was killed in action.

The UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 in which the army calculated what moneys were owed to deceased soldiers includes an entry for Charles.  His Legatees were:-  Mother Ada E. Durdle who received  £5 5s 10d and his sisters Ada G. And Hilda, each were paid 15s 2d.    His mother Ada E. was the sole Legatee of his War Gratuity of £9.

Although his connection with Flintshire is well documented, his connection to Overton is as yet unclear. can anyone help?




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