Charles MOORE 1852-1920

Charles Moore was born in Aldergate, Middlesex about 1852.

At the age of 19 he was at the Cavalry Barracks in Maidstone, he travelled to Ireland with the Army and in 1877 he married Ellen McKnight in Lismore. Their first child was Angelina Maud

was born in Gort, County Galway the same year.

Charles and his family returned to England where he was in the Barracks in Aldershot by 1881 with another young child named Montague William.  Charles was a Sergeant in the 7th Dragoon Guards.

A further son Sydney Byrom was born later that year.

The family moved to Wrexham where Charles was a Staff Sergeant Major and living at 5 Bersham Road.   Their eldest child Angelina Maud died there in 1892, she was aged 14.

 He left the Army, and became the Sanitary Inspector for the Borough Council, their last known child was Herbert Henry who was born in Wrexham.  Over the years Charles had a lot of variety in his job. 1895 was a typical year.

 He had to report on infectious diseases and in January 1895 scarlet fever was a problem.

Mr CHARLES MOORE reported that during the month there had been twenty-two cases of scarlet fever, viz., eleven in the North Ward, five in the South, three in the East, and three in the West. There had also been one case of erysipelas in the South Ward and one in the East. The number of patients in the hospital at the date of the last meeting was twenty-two. Since admitted, thirteen; total, thirty-five discharged, eighteen remaining in the hospital, seventeen. One death had occurred in the hospital since his last report.

In April 1895 another incident needed urgent action.

Mr Charles Moore (sanitary inspector.) MR MOORE’S REPORT. Mr MOORE reported that instructed by H.M. Inspector of Explosives, Captain Thomson, he had taken out summonses against Mr Coxon, for breaches of the Explosives Act, 1875. The Town Clerk said he had received a letter from the Home Office, which he took to be practically an order for a prosecution

Arthur Coxon, trading as Messrs Kerrison  and Son, gunmakers Charles-street, was summoned by Mr Charles Moore, inspector of the borough, under the Explosives Act, for three offences  viz., not keeping explosives in a proper receptacle, other issues were found to be considered very dangerous. He was fined Is and 4s 6d costs in each of the three cases.

August 1895

AN UNREGISTERED LODGING HOUSE. Charles Moore, Inspector of Nuisances for the Borough, charged Mary Mellor, 15. Tuttle-street, with keeping an unregistered lodging house. P.S. Woollam said he heard a row in defendant’s house. He went inside, and noticed a number of people in the house. There were four drunken women inside. There were nine persons altogether downstairs. Upstairs there were five persons. Ten of them were lodgers. There were only two small bedrooms. Mr Moore also charged defendant under the Public Health Act, with overcrowding. The Inspector said there was only room for six to sleep in the house. He had served her with two notices as to overcrowding in 1893 and 1894. He asked for the full penalty in this case as a warning to others. The magistrates fined defendant 5s and costs in the first case, and £1 1s and costs, or in default 21 days’ imprisonment in the second.

In September 1895 Charles had a new uniform for another role in the town.

The SERGEANT -AT-MACE. Mr Edward Lloyd, clothier. Regent-street has just completed the new uniform for the Sergeant-at-Mace, which is to be worn by Mr Charles Moore upon public occasions. It varies considerably from that worn by the late Mr Higgins. For example the hat will in future be worn bow on” as a seaman might that is the peak will be to the front. Previously it was worn” broadside on,” but all that is now changed. Whereas formerly a livery coat was worn. Mr Moore will in future be inside a tunic-like garment, modelled upon the Hussar tunic. It is of claret coloured cloth, and the facings are of gold lace with shoulder knot. The buttons are gilt and bear the borough arms. The trousers are of black, with a broad stripe of gold lace. The workmanship, it need hardly be said, is excellent, and no doubt the new garment will be effective when used. Mr Moore who is entitled to wear two silver medals and one of bronze, will bear them upon the new tunic.

In the same month the New West Window at St Giles was unveiled, it was presented   by the RWF.

Charles was present and his new outfit got a special mention.

There then entered, to the strains of the National Anthem, the members of the Corporation, including, His Worship the Mayor  (Mr Charles Murless), Aldermen W. E banuie1 and R. W. Evans, Councillors Cathrall, J. Whittingham , David Jones, Charles Davies, C. K. Benson, Thomas Jones, J. M. Pierce, Williamson and Palin, Mr Wynne, borough treasurer; Mr J. Allington Hughes. Mr J. W. M. Smith. Sergeant at-arms Charles Moore in his new uniform and Mr Jones. Cemetery Superintendent.

Transport inspections were another part of the job.

THE HACKNEY CARRIAGES. Mr MOORE reported that on September 22nd, James Cartwright was found driving a hackney carriage belonging to Mr Peter Prytherch without having a driver’s licence. The Inspector said that Cartwright had applied for a licence, but had failed to comply with the formalities. The Inspector added that he had inspected the hackney carriages and cabs plying for hire in the borough and found them satisfactory. The INSPECTOR added that Mr Prytherch had told him that Cartwright had only driven from the stand near the station, but he had pointed out that this stand was in the borough. Mr Pierce said Mr Prytherch had told him the same thing, and he had given the same answer.  A summons was issued.

In November Charles had the opportunity to wear his new uniform again. 

THE MAYOR OF WREXHAM’S BALL. On Thursday the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham, Mr and Mrs Charles Murless, gave a grand ball in the Public Hall, Wrexham, to the residents of the town and district. The hall was charmingly decorated by Mr J. Lupton, junr. (of Messrs Lupton and Son), and the arrangement reflected great credit upon that gentleman. The guests were announced by Mr Charles Moore, sergeant-at-mace, and were received by the Mayor and Mayoress, who were stationed just below the platform.

By 1911 only Charles, Ellen and Herbert Henry were at The Cottage, Holt Road.  The records say that 2 of their 5 children had died.  He was still working as the sanitary inspector.

Charles died 7th August 1920, aged 70 year at the Corporation Cottage; he was buried with Angelina Maud in Wrexham Cemetery.



Researched by Annette Edwards. July 2020.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery J-02912.

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