Charles Henry Bareham
Memorial: Staple Hill Methodist Church
Regiment: Royal Navy
Rank and number: Stoker K/5625 (formerly SS326)
Parents: Father unknown, Mother - Agnes (or Mary Agnes) Hope
Marital status: Single
Home address: Home Address: 1911 Census - Mother and sister lived New Bridge, Thicket Road, Fishponds. Lived: 1901 Census - Kensington Road, Staple Hill.
Pre-war occupation: Collier before joining the Navy in 1904
Date of birth: 19/07/1886
Place of birth: Almondsbury
Date of death: 10/09/1918
Buried/Commemorated at: Mangotsfield (Downend) Cemetery
Prior to joining the Navy in 1904, Charles was a Collier. He was discharged from the navy in 1909 and his character was classified as fair, and he spent time in the cells on at least 5 occasions. He rejoined the Navy in 1910, giving a different date of birth, but correct birth location. His height, chest size and tattoos on left forearm match on the two service sheets. His character had improved, but he still managed to receive detention in 1917.
His birth registration was with the surname Barehan, (3rd quarter 1886 Thornbury District). It appears as though his parents may not have been married . On some records his mother is recorded as just Agnes, and on the 1911 Census she is recorded as Agnes Harris (Widow) whilst her daughter is recorded as Daisy Bareham (Birth registration Daisy Hope). In 1891 Agnes Hope (recorded as single) married a George Harris from Hanham in November (St Mary's Church Bitton) but George died prior to 1901. On the WW1 pension cards his mother reverts back to using the name Agnes Bareham and she died in 1929 (death registered as Mary A Bareham)
Charles died on 10/09/1918 from Bronco Pneumonia and Influenza, whilst serving on SS Chepstow Castle.
By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Findmypast (Soldiers Died during the Great War, 1901 & 1911 Census etc), Researcher John Davis.