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Name: Charles Barter

Burial Number: 1312

Gender: Male

Occupation: Master Mariner, Boys' Home Instructor

Born: 00/00/1871

Died: 08/11/1927

Buried: 11/11/1927


Charles Barter was born in Hartland, N. Devon, in 1871, he was the son of William Barter, 40yrs, Coastguard, and Wilmot, 37yrs, nee Gengel. He was 1 of 9 children.

As a young man Charles went to sea, his father had once been a sailor, and by 1901, aged 29yrs, he was a master mariner. In 1903, he married Kate Matthews, 23yrs, in Sturminster Newton, Dorset. Charles had left his seafaring career by then and was an instructor at the Gordon Boys’ Home in Chobham, Surrey. He lived there with Kate, and they had 2 children, Murial, b.1909, and Cyril, b.1911. Charles had a change of job at the Home, and in 1911 he was a cook.

In 1921 Charles and his family were living in Devizes, Wiltshire, and shortly after they moved to Worthing, Sussex, they lived at 127, Tarring Road, and Charles died there on 8th November 1927, aged 56yrs. Probate was granted to Kate Barter, widow, and Eli Knowles, Post Office Official, effects £1353 1s 11d, Value 2022 – £90,500.

Researcher: Maggi Martin

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Charles Barter

Location in Cemetery

Area: SWS Row: 6 Plot: 20

Exact Location (what3words): good.saving.ropes

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In ever loving memory of a devoted husband and loving father Charles Barter who passed peacefully away November 8th 1927 aged 56 years "Sleep on beloved, sleep and take thy rest. We loved thee well but Jesus loved thee best. Good Night. Good Night. Also his beloved wife Kate died July 12th 1969 aged 89

Further Information


Name: Charles Barter

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1871

Town: Hartland

County: Dorset

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1903

Spouse First Name: Kate

Spouse Last Name: Matthews

Town of Marriage: Sturminster Newton

County of Marriage: Dorset

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 08/11/1927

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 127

Address line 3: Tarring Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £1353 1 s 11 d

Current value of effects: £90500

Census Information


Living at Pebble Ridge Terrace, Northam, Devon. William Barter, 50yrs, Labourer, wife, Wilmot, 47yrs, 6 children, Harriet, 15yrs, William, 13yrs, Henry, 12yrs, Charles, 9yrs, Samuel, 3yrs, and Esmeralda, 2yrs,


Living at the Gordon Boys’ Home, Chobham, Surrey. Charles Barter, 39yrs, Cook (Institution) wife, Kate, 30yrs, 2 children, Murial, 1yr, and Cyril, 1month.

Miscellaneous Information


Gordon’s School is the National Memorial to British war hero, philanthropist and martyr, Major-General Charles George Gordon (1833-1885), and was founded in 1885 where it began existence as ‘Gordon Boys’ Home’ for necessitous boys. Queen Victoria, as the first of an unbroken line of sovereign patrons, took the lead in demanding a fitting National Memorial be created in Gordon’s honour; an interest that has been maintained to this day.

Initially, Gordon Boys’ Home was established on a temporary basis at Fort Wallington, near Fareham, Hampshire, made available by the War Office in October 1885. However, it wasn’t until December 1887 when some 100 Gordon Boys travelled to Brookwood Station, from there they marched to West End led by their 25 strong, newly formed Band to take up residence at their newly built home.

Regular drills, marches and parades (strongly influenced by military lines) instilled discipline in the boys. Signalled by bugle calls, the same as those used in the army, the boys would be called to meals, marches, post collection points and parades. The early full dress consisted of: tartan trousers, a dark blue jersey embroidered with G.B.H. and a Glengarry cap with plaid band and Gordon badge; whilst the undress evolved into green cord clothing with brass buttons. A ranking system was also enforced within the Home, again similar to that of the army, including positions such as L/Cpl, Cpl, Sgt and finally Colour Sgt. The Home colour (flag) was donated by Dr Hope of Chobham, who was the Home doctor, and presented by Lady Elphinstone in 1895.

The objective of the Home was to teach necessitous boys aged between 13-17 a variety of practical trades including carpentry, shoemaking, tailoring, gardening, engineering, cooking and blacksmithing, all with an aim to set each boy up for a ‘life of usefulness’ either within civil employment or in any branch of the armed forces. Thus, a living institution was born and gradually over the years in accordance with Major-General Gordon’s expressed wishes, the Home housed some 220 boys who later went on to serve in the armed forces or begin a life in popular trades.

In 1946, this became Gordon ‘s School which is still running.