Other names: Charles Henry
Locations in this story: Willesden, MiddlesexEnmore Green, Shaftesbury, DorsetNewport, Isle of Wight, HampshireFrance & FlandersSwanage, DorsetBournemouth, Hampshire
Story: Charles Henry Trowbridge was born in Willesden, Middlesex, on 27 Apr 1893 the son of William Harry Trowbridge and Catherine (Carrie) Trowbridge (nee Barringer). Charles' father died in 1894 and his mother returned to Enmore Green, Shaftesbury, Dorset, Her birth town, where she remarried Frederick W. Redout in 1898. She lived with her children at the Post Office and Shop, Enmore Green. By 1911 Charles was boarding out at 146 High Street, Newport, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, employed as a Post Office Clerk. He had enlisted and joined the Royal Engineers as a Private rising to the rank of 2/Corporal (Service No. 182427). He served in France and Flanders with the Signal Company (MTC) and had been awarded the Military Medal. On his discharge he was further awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His marriage to Sarah Mayo was recorded in the Shaftesbury, Dorset, Registry in 1918. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 136 Kings Road, Swanage, Dorset, described as a Postmaster. His death was recorded in the Bournemouth, Hampshire, Registry in 1966. His brother, Herbert Scott Trowbridge, also served in the conflict with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.