Charles Eustace, FISHBOURNE – Gresford War Memorial

Researched by Mavis Williams.

Charles Eustace Fishbourne was born in the March Quarter of 1885 in the Registration District of Montgomeryshire, (Volume: 11b, Page:       183).   He was the 2nd son of the Reverend Edward Alexander & Harriet Fishbourne (nee Crawley).

The 1891 census shows Eustace, 6, and his brother Philip G., 7 had been born in born Llandyssil, Montgomeryshire, and they were living in the Rectory, Bryngwyn, Monmouthshire, home of their maternal Grandfather, William Grawley, 88 and a retired Arch Deacon, Clerk in Holy Orders, who had been born in Rotherfield, Sussex.   Their Aunts, Gertrude, 39,  Sophia, 38 and Eliza M., 37, all spinsters and their Uncle Richard, 49, a Barrister, (all had been born in Bryngwyn, Monmouthshire), were in the household with William Crawley’s daughter-in-Law, Marian Crawley, 55 and married, there was also a guest, Mary Hunt, 22 and single, a Cook.    There were also 4 servants.

Charles Eustace’s parent’s were shown on that census living at Kerry Road, Rectory, Newtown, Montgomeryshire.    Edward A., 50, Vicar of Newtown had been born in Ireland.   His wife Harriet, 40 had been born in Bryngwyn, Monmouthshire.    Cahrles and Phipip’s siblings were there, Nancy H., 3, born Llandyssil, Montgomeryshire and William, 1 month, born in Newtown, Monmouthshire.   There were 4 servants in the household.

The 1901 census shows that the family had moved to the Vicarage, Gresford.    Head of the household was Edward A. Fishbourne, a Clergyman in the Church of England., Harriet was now 50  and only William J.C., age 10 and a student was there.   Philip and Charles were not there.  There were 2 servants.

It appears from the De Ruvignys Roll of Honour, to whom I am indebted, that Charles Eustace was educated at St. George’s Windsor and Malvern Collage; and after passing through Woolwich and Chatham obtained his commission in the R.E., 21st December 1904, and was promoted Lieut., 23rd June 1907.   Subsequently, he was employed under the Colonial Office from June 1907 to 1908 in Uganda upon survey work, for which he was highly commended, and the Royal Geographical Society awarded him the Cuthbert Peek Grant.   In October 1909, he was appointed under the Board of Trade upon the London Traffic Commission, and on the 4th January 1913 retired into the Special Reserve R.E. on taking up a post as Assistant General Manager to the London General Omnibus Company.   On the outbreak of the war he rejoined, went to the Front with the 9th Field Company R.E., 21st August 1914, and served till 18th November 1914, when he was wounded at Ploegsteert Wood, and invalided home.   On his recovery he was appointed Adjutant to the R.E. Reserves at Chatham.   He died at Field House, Beaconsfield, 10th June 1915, of Spotted Fever* contracted at Chatham.   He married at Llanbedr on the 8th June 1911 to Mary Elizabeth Holland, 89, Overstrand Mansions, Battersea, S.W., daughter of William Gaskell Holland and left two sons, Patrick Alexander, born 10th February 1913; and Charles Michael Eustace, born 2nd November 1915.   He was mentioned in F.M. Sir J. FRENCH’s Despatch of 14th January 1915. (London Gazette, 17th February).


Dave tells us :-

‘Spotted Fever’ refers to meningitis.

This previous thread may be of interest to you.…3&hl=meningitis


Also :- Spotted Fever’ is another, rather old, name for Epidemic Cerebrospinal Fever, which is a rather old name for Meningococcal Meningitis. This, however, should not be confused with Meningococcal Septicaemia, which is a different disease. Robertb

He and his parents are buried in Gresford Churchyard and there is a plaque in the Church for them.

Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams. Jan 2018.

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