George Briggs Fitzcharles is my 1st cousin twice removed. That makes him a nephew to my great grandmother, Elizabeth “Bessie” Fitzcharles.
First let me tell you how excited I am to be able to write anything about the Fitzcharles family. My great grandmother’s parents remained a mystery aka brick wall to me, until 3 years ago. Now I take the time to learn everything I can about this Scottish family.
BACKGROUND ON GEORGE BRIGGS FITZCHARLES
George was the son of Michael Fitzcharles and Euphemia Anderson who were married on 14 Feb 1879 in St. Clement, Dundee, Angus, Scotland. To this couple were born the following children:
John born 9 Sep 1879
Robert Nicholas born 1 May 1881
William born 1 Dec 1883
George Briggs born 26 Apr 1886
Ernest born 24 Oct 1888
Maggie or Margaret (the only girl) born 1 Jun 1891
David born 6 Jun 1896
George married Isabella Jane Hutton on 2 Aug 1909 in Dundee, Angus, Scotland.
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|MARRIAGE RECORD - GEORGE B. FITZCHARLES & ISABELLA J. C. HUTTON|
They had their first child, a daughter, Euphemia, born 12 Feb 1910.
George was working as a Brakeman for the railroad in the 1911 census, living in Grangemouth, Stirling, Scotland.
|1911 CENSUS OF SCOTLAND - GEORGE FITZCHARLES, HIS WIFE AND DAUGHTER|
A son, George, was born to this couple on 5 Jan 1913.
Historical events effect our lives today as they did back then. In 1914 the “Great War” or World War I began. You can watch a short video about it here
In 1915 George was working as a furniture salesman in his father’s business. On 4 Jun 1915 he enlisted in the 1st Royal Scots. Here are his attestation and descriptive papers upon enlistment
Just a little over a month after his enlistment, George was admitted to the hospital for “Intesinal disorder” and what I read to be ptomaine ? (could it be ptomaine poisoning?) He appears to have been admitted on July 7, 1915 and discharged on August 7, 1915. And then transferred to Cramour House Convalescent Hospital from August 7, 1915 to August 28, 1915.
On September 13, 1915, George was admitted to the hospital a second time for a concussion of his spine. He stayed in the Kitchener Hospital in Brighton for 5 days. Upon which he was transferred to a military convalescent hospital.
According to the book Roll of Honour, Arbroath and District 1914-1919, page 167, printed and published by T. Buncle & Co, Market Place, Arbroath, Scotland in 1921.
I have located several references to George having been killed in action during his service, including pension papers, references in books and on war memorials and correspondence with his widow, Isabella.
He is honored on the Grangemouth War Memorial in Zetland Park, situated in the center of Grangemouth. Here is George’s name on the memorial:
|GRANGEMOUTH WAR MEMORIAL|
He is also honored on the Pozieres Memorial in France. Here is an index page for that memorial, showing his name.
George was a young man with his whole life ahead of him. He left behind a wife and two young children.
I located a death certificate for his widow, Isabella, and it appears she never remarried. She is still using the surname Fitzcharles and is listed as the “widow of Private George Fitzcharles.” She died on February 14, 1955, age 68.
Here is the post I wrote about breaking down the Fitzcharles brick wall. Click here.