Private Charles Stephen Huxstep Royal Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Regiment
1914-18 British War Medal
The Man Charles Stephen Huxstep was born in the third quarter of 1888 in Wouldham, Malling in Kent, son of Edward, a Labourer and cement worker and Sarah. He was one of seven children, Frances born in 1877, Edward born in 1879, John born in 1881, Matilda born in 1883, George born in 1891 and Arthur born in 1892. By the time of the 1901 census Charles, now aged 12 was living with his family at Number 1 Burke Place in Wouldham. By 1912, Charles’ father had died and he was, together with his brothers, a cement labourer living in Factory Cottages in Rochester. Charles enlisted into the Royal Warwickshire Regiment prior to World War 1 as a Private with service number 651. He entered France early in the war as part of the British Expeditionary Force and was promoted to Acting Corporal. He later transferred into the Northamptonshire Regiment number 201492 and was awarded the 1914 Star with 'Aug-Nov' clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He returned as a cement worker following the War and lived at 2 Perrins Cottages, Wouldham in Kent. On 9th August 1919, aged 32 he married Lily Collins in the Parish Church, Paddington in London, the service was officiated by the Reverend P A Scott. They had four children, Lilian M born in 1921, John Charles (1920-35), Arthur Stephen (1923-74) and Edward William (1927-91). The marriage sadly did not last and Lilian left Charles taking all four children with her. During the second quarter of 1930 aged 41 Charles re-married, in Woolwich to Doris Elizabeth Hurry who was 18 years his junior aged 23 at the time. They had one child, Alan Charles, born on 17th April 1932 and who was Killed in Action as a Corporal in the Army Service Corps, during the Canal Zone Crisis in Egypt on 27th April 1952 aged 20. He is buried in Moascar Cemetery in Egypt. Charles passed away during the last quarter of 1962 aged 74, and Doris 22 years later on 20th November 1985 aged 77. As the 14-15 Star and Victory Medal are missing this is a broken group.
The Story The single British War Medal was given to me in 1997 by a colleague at Conoco where I worked following an article the company had run on my Ordecomedology interest. It was only during 2012, and then 2013 that any serious research was completed, and although there is not a massive amount of detail available, ancestry.com has once again proved its worth in allowing his brief biography to be completed. In December 2016 - 19 years after the acquisition of the medal, Charles’ Grandson, Stephen, who lives in Australia, made contact via this web site and provided some useful snippets of detail that enabled further expansion of Charles’ biography, and that of his son Alan.
This medal is one I have only been able to find a minimal amount of detail on. It is in effect 'work in progress' as one day something additional may well be uncovered. Please feel free to contact me should you know of, or have any information on this man or his missing medals
- 1914 Star: Missing.
- 1914-18 British War Medal: 651 A.CPL. C.S.HUXSTEP. R.WAR.R.
- Victory Medal: Missing
Page last updated 22 Feb 17