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Charles Prentice of Maldon, Essex, England

Charles Prentice of Maldon, Essex, England
By Linus Joseph Dewald Jr., Editor
Summer 2003 and Revised 21 Jul 2006

1. Charles Prentice was b. c. 1835 in Maldon, Essex, England. His appearances in census records are as follows:

  1. He apparently first appears in the 1841 census, age 6, in All Saints Civil Parish, Maldon Borough Hundred, Essex, in the home of John Clark, age 59. b. c. 1782. Their relationship is not given, but Charles might be a grandson.

  2. He next appears in the 1851 census, age 16, in Maldon in the home of John Clarke (there shown as b. c. 1784, Little Wigborough, Essex), but their relationship, if any, is not specified. He might be a grandson.

Charles then appears the following year in the 1861 Maldon census as a Tailor with his wife, Sarah, b. c. 1836, Maldon. He does not appear in the 1881 census. Sarah is living alone in the 1901 Popler, Bromley census. Children per 1861, 1881 and 1901 census:

  1. Harry Prentice, b. c. 1858, Maldon. . . . . . . . [2]
  2. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1860, Maldon, Essex. . . . . . . . . [3]
  3. Mary A. Prentice, b. c. 1862, Tollesbury, Essex
  4. John William B. Prentice, b. c. 1866, Camberwell, Surrey. . . . . [4]
  5. Sarah Prentice, b. c. 1864, Poplar, Middlesex.
  6. Walter Prentice, b. c. 1870, Poplar, Middlesex. . . . . . . . . [5]
  7. Nelly Prentice, b. c. 1872, Poplar, Middlesex.

2. Harry Prentice, b. c. 1858, Maldon. He appears in the 1881 census as an unmarried "Barman" working at 393 Manchester Rd "London Tavern", London, Middlesex. He appears in the 1901 Poplar, Bromley census as a General Labourer with his wife, Annie, b. 1859, Poplar, London, and children:

  1. Beatrice Prentice, b. 1891, Barking, Esses.
  2. Mabel Prentice, b. 1895, Barking, Essex.
  3. Florence Prentice, b. 1896, Barking, Essex.

3. Charles Prentice, b. c. 1860, Maldon, Essex. He is almost certainly the Charles Prentice who appears in the 1901 census in Bromley, London, as b. c. 1860 in Maldon, Kent, with his wife, Ellen, b. c. 1862, and children:

  1. Hester Prentice, b. c. 1896, Poplar
  2. Florence Prentice, b. c. 1887, Poplar
  3. Nellie Prentice, b. c. 1888, Poplar
  4. Richard Prentice, b. c. 1889, Poplar
  5. Albert Victor Prentice, b. c. 1893, Poplar. . . . . . . [6]
  6. Margaret Prentice, b. c. 1895, Poplar
  7. Agnes Prentice, b. c. 1899, Poplar
  8. Katherine Prentice, b. c. 1900-1901, Poplar

4. John William B. Prentice was b. 1865-66 in Camberwell, London, England. He appears in the 1901 Poplar, Bromley, census as a Ships Rigger with his wife, Margaret, b. 1872, Mile End, London, and children:

  1. Margaret Prentice, 1894, London, Poplar
  2. Katherine/Katie Prentice, b. 1900, London, Poplar.

5. Waller/Walter Prentice, b. c. 1870, Poplar, London, Middlesex. He appears in the 1901 Poplar, Bromley, census as a Wire Rope Maker with his wife, Amelia Martha, b. c. 1873, Poplar, and children:

  1. Violet Prentice, b. 1894, Poplar, London
  2. Edith Prentice, b. 1897, Poplar, London
  3. George Prentice, b. 1900, Poplar, London. He appears in WW I military death records as a Private, Royal Fusiliers, 11th Bn, who d. at the age of 19 on 21 Sep 1918 and is called the son of Amelia Martha Prentice of 56 Augusta St., Poplar, London, and the late Walter Prentice. His memorial is II. D. 20. Unicorn Cemetery, Vend'Huile. A Google search discloses the following:

      Vendhuile is a village about 19 kilometres north of St Quentin and 24 kilometres south-east of Peronne. Unicorn Cemetery is about 3 kilometres south-west of Vendhuile on the west side of the road to the villages of Lempire and Ronssoy.

      Vend'huile was very nearly reached in the Battle of Cambrai 1917. It was taken by the 27th and 30th American Divisions at the end of September 1918, and cleared by the 12th and 18th Divisions on 30 September. After the fight, men of the 18th Division were buried by the 50th (Northumbrian) Division in Plot I, Row A, of Unicorn Cemetery (the name is taken from the Divisional mark of the 50th Division). The rest of the cemetery was formed after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated sites and small cemeteries of 1917 and 1918 in the surrounding battlefields. The cemetery now contains 1,008 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 409 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to ten casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There are also special memorials to eight casualties buried in Lempire British Cemetery whose graves could not be found on concentration. The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden.

6. Albert Victor Prentice, b. c. 1893, Poplar (per 1901 Bromley, London, census). He appear in WW I military death records as a Corporal, King's Royal Rifle Corps, "D" Coy., 1st Bn., who d. at age 23 on 14 Nov 1916. He is identified as the son of Charles and Ellen Prentice and husband of Lily Farrell (formerly Prentice), of 199, Devons Rd., Bromley, Bow, London. His memorial can be found at D. 35, Frankfurt Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel. A Google search disclosed the following information:

    Beaumont-Hamel is a village in the Department of the Somme, about 24 kilometres south-west of Arras and 10 kilometres north of Albert. Using the D919 from Arras to Amien you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux and Serre les Puisieux. On leaving Serre les Puisieux, 3 kilometres further along the D919 turn left onto the D174 following the signs for Auchonvillers. After 1.3 kilometres turn left onto the D163 in the direction of Beaumont. At the crossroads in the village of Beaumont, continue straight ahead in the direction of Miraumont. Frankfurt Trench British Cemetery is about 1 kilometre further along on the left and New Munich Trench British Cemetery is a further 100 metres along from there.

    Beaumont-Hamel was attacked again and taken on the 13th November, 1916, by the 51st (Highland) and 63rd (Royal Naval) Divisions. Frankfurt Trench British Cemetery is named from a German trench about 1.6 kilometres North-East of the village, which remained in enemy hands until the German retreat early in 1917. The cemetery was made by the V Corps after that retreat, when their units cleared the Ancre battlefield, and it was known also as V Corps Cemetery No. 11. There are now over 150, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over one-fifth are unidentified. The cemetery covers an area of 427 square metres and enclosed by a concrete curb.

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