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Charles Tomlin – died 1926, aged 66 years
Charles Tomlin was born around 1860/62 in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. His parents were James, a labourer, and Mary. Records of his childhood and early life are rather obscure but seem to show him in the 1871 Census living in Back Lane, Great Missenden, aged 9, with his parents and two older brothers, Joseph (14) and Thomas (17). His parents were already in their 50’s and it is possible that by the time of the 1881 Census they may have passed away – Charles seems then to be living as a boarder (aged 19) in Chesham with a John Maple and his wife, who were from Great Missenden.
We are on firmer ground in 1882 however, when Charles marries Fanny Beddall on 6th August at the Congregational Church in Berkhamsted. The young couple set up home in Bridge Street, Berkhamsted, where they are living with their two-year old daughter Mary Lydia at the time of the 1891 Census.
By the time of the 1901 Census Fanny and Charles are living at 12 Victoria Road, Berkhamsted, with daughter Mary (12) and their young son William (7) The couple had sadly lost several other children who had either died at birth or in early infancy, but in 1902 were rewarded with a healthy daughter, Elsie Alexandra.
At the time of the 1911 Census, Fanny and Charles are still at 12 Victoria Road. Fanny is now 49, Mary (22) is working in a Leather Factory, William (17) is a Machine Labourer and 9 year old Elsie is at school. Charles gives his age as 50, and is listed as a Chemical labourer By a strange coincidence his son William is also later listed as a Chemical Worker in the 1939 register (which was taken on the eve of World War II), and was registered as living in Victoria Road at No. 19, aged 44. William was also listed there as a Special Constable.
Charles’ three surviving children all married locally – Mary in 1912 to James Holloway, William in 1919 to Hilda Smith and Elsie in 1922 to Henry Dell. Charles himself passed away in 1926, aged 66 years and was laid to rest in Rectory Lane Cemetery. He was joined there some years later by his widow Fanny when she died in 1937.