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First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Charles William REEVES (1890–1918)

Charles Reeves

Charles William Reeves was born in East Oxford in 1890, the son of William Joseph Reeves (born in St Clement’s, Oxford near the beginning of 1858) and Mary Hawes (born in St Ebbe’s, Oxford in c.1868).

His parents were married at SS  Mary & John Church on 25 August 1889 (probably in haste) and had nine children:

  • Charles William Reeves (born at 32 Magdalen Road, Oxford and baptised at SS Mary & John Church on 24 April 1890)
  • William Reeves (born at 32 Magdalen Road, Oxford on 12  March 1891 and baptised at SS Mary & John Church on 31st March 1891)
  • Florence Agnes Mary Reeves (born at 32 Magdalen Road, Oxford on 15 October 1892 and baptised at SS Mary & John Church on 29 January 1893)
  • Albert George Reeves (born at 32 Magdalen Road, Oxford on 1 January 1894 and baptised at SS Mary & John Church on 12 August 1894)
  • Beatrice May Reeves (born at 32 Magdalen Road, Oxford near the end of 1895 and baptised at SS Mary & John Church on 19 April 1896); died aged 7 months, buried in the churchyard on 30 July 1896)
  • Ethel May Reeves (born at 32 Magdalen Road, Oxford on 3 October 1897 and baptised at SS Mary & John Church on 9 December 1897)
  • Henry Arthur Reeves (born at 32 Magdalen Road, Oxford on 1 February 1900 and baptised at SS  Mary & John Church on 15 April 1900)
  • Dorothy Reeves (born at 32 Magdalen Road, Oxford in 1902); died aged 4 months, buried in the churchyard on 3 January 1903)
  • Daisy Reeves (born at 32 Magdalen Road, Oxford on 9 December 1903); died aged 3 days, buried in the churchyard on 12 December 1903)

Charles’s father was a bricklayer’s labourer, and he and his family lived at 32 Magdalen Road from just after their marriage in 1889 until at least 1915. They can be seen there in 1891 with Charles (1), who was their firstborn, and their lodger.

By the time of the 1901 census, they had six surviving children: Charles (12), William (11), Florence (9), Albert (7), Ethel (3), and Harry (1), and still found room for another lodger.

In 1911 all the children were still at home. Charles himself (21), who was working as a plasterer; William (20) who was a slaughterhouse lad for a pork butcher; Florence  (18), who was a general servant; Albert (16), who was a dock labourer for a boat builder; and Ethel (13) and Henry (11), who were at school. (Both of Charles’s parents were illiterate, so their son William filled in the census form for them.)

On 27 August 1911 at St Andrew’s Church, Old Headington, Charles William Reeves (21) married Laura Jane Cooper (23). She had been born in Headington and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 29 April 1888, and was the daughter of the late William Cooper, a labourer. At the time of her marriage she was living in The Croft in Old Headington.

Charles and his wife set up home in Lime Walk in All Saints’ parish, and they had one child:

  • Alice Maud Reeves (born in Lime Walk on 20 December 1913 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 8 February 1914).

Poppy In the First World War Charles Reeves served as a Private in the 1st Water Tank Company of the Army Service Corps (Service No. DM2/135507). He caught pneumonia in France and died in Rouen, presumably at the hospital there, at the age of about 29 on 15 November 1918.

He was buried in the St Sever Cemetery extension, Rouen, and is listed on the Roll of Honour of All Saints’ Church, Highfield.


All Saints' board

Postscript

Charles’s widow
  • Mrs Laura Reeves remained at the present 14 Lime Walk (then numbered 18) until at least 1936.
Charles’s daughter
  • Alice Maud Reeves (born 1913) is probably the Alice M. Reeves who married Harry G. Jones in the Oxford registration district in the second quarter of 1938.
Charles’s siblings
  • Florence Agnes Mary Reeves (born 1892) married Ernest F. Walton in the Headington registration district (probably at All Saints’ Church) in the fourth quarter of 1921.
  • Albert George Reeves (born 1894) married Elsie Annie Hazell in the Headington registration district in the first quarter of 1931. Their son Edward George Reeves was born on 24 December 1935 and baptised at St Andrew’s Church on 1 March 1936. They were then living at 104 Coniston Avenue, Headington.

See also
  • CWGC: Reeves, C W
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 11 December 1918, “Heroes of the War”: photograph of Charles Reeves of Headington, who had died about three weeks earlier (shown above with kind permission of Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire History Centre)
  • Wikipedia: Royal Army Service Corps

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