Private Charles Thomas Coles

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Charles Coles Birth Registration Transcription © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Coles Birth Registration Transcription © Ancestry.co.uk

Charles Thomas Coles was born on the 17th of March 1895 in Norton-juxta-Kempsey, Worcestershire to gardener, Sergeant in the Army and clerk at war office James Eade Coles and Eliza Jane Coles nee Dilton.

Charles Thomas’ father James Eade Coles was born about 1852 in Petersfield, Liss, Hampshire to postman William Coles.

James Eade Coles enlisted into the 61st Gloucestershire Regiment of Foot at 5PM on the 15th of January 1870 in Petersfield. He paid a bounty of £1. He was a private with a regimental number 1556. At the time of his enlistment he was working as a gardener. James Eade was 5ft and 8inches tall, had a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair.

His Military History Sheet reads that he served in the UK from the 18th of January 1870 to the 28th of February 1871 (1 year and 42 days); in the East Indies from the 1st March 1871 to the 18th of December 1884 (13 years and 293 days) and back in the UK from the 19th of December 1884 to the 16th of May 1896 (11 years 150 days).

James Eade Coles was transferred into the 56th (West Essex) Regiment of Foot on the 15th of July 1870. His new regimental number was 1483 and he was still a private.

James Eade was promoted to a Corporal on the 19th of July 1873 and to a Sergeant on the 26th of May 1876.

He was transferred into the 83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment of Foot on the 1st of September 1876. His new regimental number was 755 and he was a Sergeant.

James Eade Coles married Eliza Jane Dilton, by Banns, on the 16th of February 1877 at St Andrew’s church in Kurrachee, Bombay, India. At the time of their marriage the couple resided in Kurrachee, India. James Eade was a Sergeant of the 83rd Regiment of Foot.

Eliza Jane Dilton was born about 1859 in Ireland to Thomas Henry Dilton.

James Eade Coles and Eliza Jane Coles had 5 children: James Eades Coles born on the 15th of October 1880 in the East Indies; Ernest William Coles born on the 28th of November 1884 in Nazimabat, the East Indies; Mabel Louisa Coles born on the 27th of March 1887 in Norton-juxta-Kempsey, Worcestershire; Charles Thomas Coles born on the 17th of March 1895 in Norton-juxta-Kempsey, Worcestershire and May Coles born about 1897 in Norton-juxta-Kempsey, Worcestershire.

James Eade Coles was transferred into the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot on the 1st of October 1880. His new regimental number was 2537.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family was back in the UK and lived in Norton Barracks, Norton-juxta-Kempsey, Worcestershire. James Eade was a Sergeant of the Worcestershire Infantry Regiment and Eliza Jane was looking after their children: James Eade, Ernest William, Mabel Louisa and May. The family also comprised of general servant Annie Agnew.

James Eade was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal on the 1st of October 1895.

He was discharged on the 16th of May 1896. He was in the Army for 26 years and 120 days.

Eliza Jane Coles died in 1899 and was buried on the 13th of October 1899 in the Registration District of Tooting Graveney, Wandsworth, London. At the time of her death she lived at 42 Graveney Road, Streatham.

James Eade Coles remarried Emily Olega White nee Webb, by Banns, on the 16th of April 1900 at Holy Trinity church, Upper Tooting, Wandsworth, London. Both partners were widowed. At the time of the marriage James Eade Coles was working as a clerk at war office and lived at 42 Graveney Road, Upper Tooting, Wandsworth, London. Emily Olega White lived at 62 Witton Road, Aston, Birmingham.

Emily Olega Webb was born about 1850 Kingstown, St Vincent, West Indies to sadler William Webb.

Charles Coles 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Coles 1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at 42 Graveney Road, Upper Tooting, Wandsworth, London. James Eade Coles was working as an army clerk and Emily Olega Coles was looking after her stepchildren: carpenter’s labourer Ernest William; Mabel Louisa; Charles Thomas and May.

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family lived at 2 Kingston Villa, Park Road, Collier Wood, Merton SW. The family comprised of army pensioner clerk James Eade Coles, Emily Olega Coles and May Coles. The accommodation had 6 rooms.

Charles Thomas Coles enlisted on the 4th of February 1911 in London into the “A” Company, 3rd Battalion, the Worcestershire Regiment. At the time of his enlistment he resided in Merton, Surrey. He was a private with a regimental number 12376.

Charles Thomas Coles disembarked on the 12th of August 1914 to France.

Charles Thomas Coles died of wounds received at the Battle of the Aisne in France. He passed away in the No 4 General Hospital in Versailles, France. He is buried at the Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles in France. His grave reference number is: 1.30. The headstone erected by his father James Eade bears the inscription: “Fight the Good Fight”.

Charles Coles Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
Charles Coles Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk

Charles Thomas’ father James Eade received £7 and 1d on the 27th of February 1915 and the further £5 on the 19th of May 1919 in Soldier’s Effects. Charles Thomas’ will was in favour of his stepmother Emily Olega Coles.

Charles Thomas was awarded the British War and Victory medals and the 1914 Star.

He was 19 years old.

The Surrey, England, Electoral Register, 1832-1945 reads that Charles Thomas’ father James Eade and stepmother Emily Olega lived in Leith View, Capel, Dorking, Surrey in 1919.

Born                            Norton, Worcestershire

Son of                          James E. Coles of “Leith View”, Capel, Surrey and the late Eliza Jane Coles nee Dilton.

Regiment                     “A” Company, 3rd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
Number                        12376

Date of Death              4th October 1914
Place of Death             Aisne, France
Cause of Death            Died of Wounds

Age                              19

Cemetery                      Les Gonards Cemetery, Versailles