Charles William Andrews

Census Address: 35a North Street
Place of Birth: Stamford
Date of Birth: 1894
Enlistment Address: 35a North Street
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
Service Numbers: 186451
Place of Death: Stamford
Date Died: 1960
North Street, Stamford

Charles William Andrews – 35a North St

Charles William was baptised in St Michael’s church in July 1894 and by 1911 he was 16 years old and working as an assistant at a butcher’s shop. At some stage, probably before the War, he started working for Cutting Bros.

His father, also Charles, was employed by the Burial Joint Committee as a gravedigger although he had previously been employed in the beer trade as a drayman and then a maltster. He had one brother, 4 years older, working as a law clerk. Both the boys and their mother had been born in Stamford.

He joined up in December 1916 and was immediately mobilised as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery serving in France and Belgium. Little is known of his war record except that he was gassed in 1918 and was awarded the British and Victory medals.

His brother Frederick became a Corporal in the Army Pay Corps.

The family had continued to live at 35a North St and it seems as if both of the boys returned there after they were demobbed. Charles William’s father, died in 1923 but his mother lived into her 80s dying in 1939. Charles William himself died in 1960, aged 66yrs. His brother Fred was still living at 35a North St shortly before he died in 1966. It is possible neither of them married.

Amendments and Addenda

Charles William was a Stamford School 'old boy' so presumably he had a scholarship there. He probably married Elsie L. Allen in 1940.