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  • Buried in Bleuet Farm Cemetery.
Person Details
Elsfield, Oxfordshire
Charles was born in 1882 the son of Eliza Taylor. He initially retained the name Charles Taylor after his mother's marriage to William Wagstaff in 1888 but later census and military records give his name as Charles Wagstaff or Charles Taylor Wagstaff. His mother was born in Elsfield, Oxfordshire, in 1851, the daughter of James Taylor. Eliza (35), a spinster, married William Wagstaff (42), a bachelor, in the parish church of Elsfield, Oxfordshire, on 7 August 1886. William Wagstaff was born in 1845 in Nottingham, the son of Joseph Wagstaff; William's profession was given on the marriage register as 'pensioner'. According to the 1911 Census William and Eliza had been married for 24 years and had had four children all of whom were still living at the time of the census. Three children who would have been born after their marriage - Mary Ann (b. 1888), Harry (b. 1890) and William (b. 1892) - were living with their parents at the time of the 1901 and 1911 Census. Charles who was also living at home in 1901 was named on the census as Charles Taylor and described as William's stepson. However, by 1911 when Charles had married and left home, he gave his name on the census as Charles Wagstaff. There is therefore the possibility that Charles, even if not William's son born before marriage, was later considered by William and Eliza to be the eldest of their children. Charles and Eliza have not yet been traced on the 1891 Census, but their only daughter, Mary, had been born in Nottingham three years earlier. In 1891 the family was living at 8 Calcutta Street, St Ann's, Nottingham. Charles (56) was now described as a commissionaire. Their daughter, Mary 13) was a hosiery hand while her younger brothers, Harry (11) and William (9) were still at school. Charles (19) was a labourer. Charles married Margaret White in 1905 (O/N/D), giving his name as Charles Taylor Wagstaff. In 1911 he and Margaret (26, b. 1885) were living at 25 Bombay Street, St Ann's Well Road, Nottingham. Charles was a brass bobbin maker and Margaret a cardboard box maker for a box manufacturer. They had had three children of whom only two had survived; Thomas William T [Taylor] (b. 26 January 1906 died 1988 aged 82. registered Nottingham) and Lawrence Taylor (b. 1910). The notice of Charles' death in the local paper gives the information that he had a wife and four children. Only one child has been found who might have been born to Charles and Margaret after the date of the 1911 Census: Rose I Wagstaff (mother's maiden name White) who was born in 1913 (J/A/S) but who died in 1915 (O/N/D) aged 2 years. However, with another child who died in infancy before 1911 it is possible that Margaret acknowledged all four children when she placed the notice of her husband's death. In 1911 William and Eliza Wagstaff were living at 19 Paxton Street, Gordon Road, Nottingham. William (67) was described as a pensioner. Mary (23) was working as a jennier in the lace trade, Harry was a threader, also in the lace trade, and William (19) was a cycle enameller. William and Eliza were still living at the same address when Charles was killed in 1917. His half-brother, William Wagstaff, served in the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (11706 Private) and was killed on the Western Front on 26 October 1915.
In 1901 Charles was a labourer but by 1911 was a brass bobbin maker for a lace machine builder.
29 Oct 1917
35
436706 - CWGC Website
31481
Private
15th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Wagstaff was called up for service and following training he was drafted to France. The battalion took part in heavy fighting during the Third Battle of Ypres, and Wagstaff was seriously wounded and taken to a dressing station, where he died on 29/10/1917. He was buried nearby at Bleuet Farm Cemetery.
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 21 November 1917: 'Wagstaff. Killed in action October 29th 1917, Private Charles Wagstaff, Sherwood Foresters, aged 35. Husband of Maggie Wagstaff, 25 Bombay Street. Wife and four children. Eldest son of William and Eliza Wagstaff, 19 Paxton Street. Second son to fall. Father, mother, sister, brother Harry.' In memoriam published 29th October 1918 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “WAGSTAFF. – In loving memory of our dear sons and brothers, Pte. William Wagstaff, [1] Sherwood Foresters, killed in action October 26th, 1915; also Pte. Charles Wagstaff, Sherwood Foresters, killed in action October 29th, 1917. – Fondly remembered by father, mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law Harold.” [1] Pte. William Wagstaff, 2nd Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, was killed in action on 26th October 1915. He is buried in Hop Store Cemetery. Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-19118. His widow, Margaret, was his sole legatee and she received payments for herself and her children.
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  • Buried in Bleuet Farm Cemetery.
    Charles Taylor Wagstaff - Buried in Bleuet Farm Cemetery.