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Name: Charles Figg

Burial Number: 0815

Gender: Male

Occupation: Drapery Errand Boy / Miltary

Born: 06/09/1899

Died: 07/02/1916

Buried: 10/02/1916

Story

Charles James Figg born in 1899, was the son of Arthur Albert Figg of Woolbeding, Sussex which is a small village in Chichester, and Mary Ann Merritt of Washington, Sussex. He was the 3rd of 5 children born to Arthur and Mary. These being: George Albert 1895, Edith Elsie 1896, Charles James 1899, Ivy Victoria 1901 and Frank 1907.

His father worked in the Motor trade and his occupation was as a domestic coachman, a chauffeur also a Car Hire owner driver, working with one of his sons Frank.

In 1915 Charles father enlists in the military on April 26th with the Royal Army service corps and is posted to Egypt and is discharged aged 46 in 1918 with sickness.

Charles also in 1915 enlists in the Royal Sussex Regiment which is stationed locally in Sussex. Charles becomes ill with Meningitis and dies at home at the age of 17 while serving with the Regiment.

Researcher: Gail Warner-Clarkson

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Charles Figg

Location in Cemetery

Area: SES Row: 6 Plot: 9

Exact Location (what3words): spout.quiet.text

Ashes or Urn: Unknown

Headstone

Description:

EndowedGrave: Cut grass and keep tidy

Inscription:

L/11066 Private C.J. FIGG Royal Sussex Regiment 7th February 1916 age 17. "We loved him well, but Jesus loved him best, Thy will be done"

Commonwealth War Graves

This grave is for someone who died in service during World War One or World War Two. As such the grave is managed and cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, was established by Royal Charter in 1917. Amongst its responsbilities are:

  • Marking and maintaining the graves of members of the forces of Commonwealth countries who died in both World War One (WWI) and WWII.
  • Maintaining memorials to the dead whose bodies have no known grave.
  • Providing records and registers of these burials and commemorations.

You can read more about the valuable work of the CWGC by going to their website www.cwgc.org

Further Information

Birth

Name: Charles James Figg

Gender: Male

Born: 06/09/1899

Town: Thakeham

County: Sussex

Country: England

Marriage

Maiden Name: Not applicable

No marriage information is available for this burial record.

Information at Death

Date of Death: 07/02/1916

Cause of death: Meningitis

Address line 2: 5

Address line 3: Heene Place

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England

Obituary

World War 1 – Roll of Honour with detailed information – Private L 11006, 3rd Reserve Battalion, The Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of meningitis at home 3 February 1916. Aged 17. Son of Arthur (ASC serving in Egypt) and Mary Figg of 5, Heene Place, Worthing. Born in Worthing and enlisted in Hove Heene Parish Church War Memorial. Buried in St Botolph’s Churchyard, Heene, Worthing:

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information

1901

Living at 46 Richmond Road, Worthing – with his parents and siblings, George, Edith and Victoria. Charles his father was a Domestic coachman and they shared four rooms in a house with another family

1911

Living at 5 Heene Place, Worthing – with his parents and siblings George, an Errand boy for a Drapery, Edith is a general domestic servant, Charles and his other siblings were at school

Miscellaneous Information

No miscellaneous information is available for this burial record.