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Charles was born in Nottingham in 1886 to parents Charles and Hephzibah Enderby. In 1901 he was living at 187 Great Alfred Street, Nottingham, with his parents, sisters Mabel and Dorothy E., and brother Albert William. He was listed as a woollen drapers’ apprentice. By 1911 he was a boarder at 17 Cornhill, Wolverhampton, in the home of George Nutt and his family. He was listed as a warehouseman for a cloth merchant.

He married Ethel Hadgkiss on 10 September 1914, and they moved to 56 Bickford Road, Fallings Park, Heath Town. The couple did not have any children.

At the age of 29, Charles attested in Wolverhampton on 11 December 1915 as a Gunner with the Royal Garrison Artillery (service number 88983), when his trade was listed as a woollen draper. We are fortunate in that quite extensive military service records survive for him, so we can see that he rose through the ranks to become a Lance Bombardier in the 169th Siege Battery.

He received a gunshot wound in the back on 15 June 1918, but was not sent to hospital until 29 June. On 1 July he died from these wounds received in action at a hospital in Rouen, in France. The news travelled fast, as there was a notice in the Express & Star on 2 July that “Mrs Enderby…has received official intimation that her husband Bomb. C. Enderby, has died in France.” The list of Charles’s personal effects that were forwarded to his wife include the following:

  • disc
  • letters
  • photos
  • pipe
  • 2 wallets
  • match box holder
  • cigarette holder
  • knife
  • scissors
  • pouch
  • 4 memo books
  • 5 buttons
  • metal ring
  • watch key
  • small leather bag
  • pencil
  • addressed envelope

His widow, Mrs E. Terry (she had remarried to Charles S. Terry in Wolverhampton in 1920), also received his British War and Victory Medals on 3 October 1921. Charles is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension in Rouen, as well as being commemorated on the Heath Park memorial.