Portrait of Charles Harris

Name: Charles Harris

Burial Number: 1591

Gender: Male

Occupation: Grocer's Assistant; Tea Dealer; Grocery Commission Agent; Commercial Traveller; Commercial Agent;

Born: 00/00/1850

Died: 15/09/1934

Buried: 18/09/1934


Charles Harris was born in Bishopsgate, Sarah in Notting Hill.
In 1861, Charles’ family was living in Plumstead, Kent. Father Charles Nichols Harris, 36, born in Hertford, was Clerk at a Sewage Works. Mother Elizabeth (nee Berry), then aged 31, was born near Guildford. Charles had 2 younger brothers and there was a 12-year-old House Servant, also from the Guildford area.

By 1871, Charles Senior had died, and Elizabeth was the Head of Household, in West Ham. Charles was then a Grocer’s Assistant, brother Alfred a Grocer’s Boy and the other three children were still at school.

Charles and Sarah were married in March 1879 in St George’s, Battersea. At this time, Charles was a ‘Tea Dealer’. Sarah’s Father George was a Modeller, living in Battersea.

In 1881, Charles, Sarah and one-year-old son Percy Charles Arthur, were living in Battersea. In the Household were also Sarah’s parents, George and Sarah Stride. George was now a Plasterer, born in Hertford. Sarah Senior was a Londoner, born in Pimlico. There was a Domestic Nurse living with them.
Daughter Gertrude Sarah was born in 1883. (She married Courtney Graham Cheverton, in 1909 and died in Findon in 1973.)

By 1891 census the family were living at ‘Fernside’, London Road, Portsea. By this time there were 2 sons and 4 daughters born in Hackney, Wandsworth and Lewisham, and Charles was a Grocery Commission Agent.

In the 1901 census, Charles was a Commercial Traveller, living in Bognor at Milrose Hotel. With them were Percy, now 21, also a Commercial Traveller, their 5 daughters, and son Leonard, plus a Domestic Servant, from Bognor.
(A Commercial Traveller travelled around selling his employer’s products.)

Back in London, in Streatham, by 1911, Charles was a Commercial Agent. (A self-employed person, able to negotiate sales on behalf of a third person.) He and Sarah had had 8 children by then, all surviving. Percy, at 31, and Leonard, 24, were also Commercial Agents. Mildred, at 29, was Assisting with Home Duties, while her sisters Annie and Winnie were Lady Clerks.
Evelyn was working in Photography, and the youngest, Sybil, was, at 13, still at school.

Heene Place 1976

Charles died, at 80, in 1934. He was living at 3 Heeneholme, Heene Place. Probate was given to sons Percy (a Manufacturer’s Manager) and Leonard (a Commercial Traveller).

Researcher: Liz Lane

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Charles Harris

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 3 Plot: 47

Exact Location (what3words): clip.acted.rubble

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of CHARLES ARTHUR HARRIS who fell asleep 15th September 1934 aged 80 also of SARAH his beloved wife who fell asleep 19 Jan. 1939 aged 81

Further Information


Name: Charles Arthur Harris

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1850

Town: Unknown

County: London

Country: England


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: /3/1879

Spouse First Name: Sarah

Spouse Last Name: Stride

Town of Marriage: Battersea

County of Marriage: London

Country of Marriage: England

Information at Death

Date of Death: 15/09/1934

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Heeneholme

Address line 2: 3

Address line 3: Heene Place

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


No obituary has been entered.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: No value recorded

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


Living in Plumstead, Kent – Charles Nicholas Harris 36yrs, Clerk at a Sewage Works; Elizabeth (nee Berry) 31yrs, Charles Arthur 7yrs; Alfred; another brother; a House Servant 12 yrs.


Living in West Ham – Elizabeth, Head of Household; Charles Arthur, Grocer’s Assistant; Alfred, Grocer’s Boy; three other children at school


Living in Battersea – Charles Arthur; Sarah; Percy Charles Arthur 1yrs; George and Sarah Stride (Sarah’s parents); a Domestic Servant;


Living at Fernside, London Road, Portsea – Charles, Grocery Commission Agent; Sarah; with 2 sons and 4 daughters


Living at Milrose Hotel, Bognor – Charles, Commercial Traveller; Sarah; Percy 21yrs, Commercial Traveller; 5 daughters; Leonard; a Domestic Servant.


Living in Streatham, London – Charles, Commercial Agent; Sarah; Percy 31 yrs, Commercial Agent; Leonard 24yrs, Commercial Agent; Mildred 29yrs, Assisting with Home Duties; Annie, Lady Clerk; Winnie, Lady Clerk; Evelyn, Photography; Sybil, pupil at school.

Miscellaneous Information

Percy Harris as an adult with other family members

Charles Harris

Edith Mary Butler, married to Leonard Harris