Other names: Charles John
Locations in this story: Salisbury, WiltshireQuidhampton, Salisbury, WiltshireIwerne Minster, DorsetFrance & FlandersBroadway, DorsetWeymouth, Dorset
Story: Charles John Jefferies was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 24 February, 1878 and baptised at St. Edmunds Church, Salisbury, on 31 Mar 1878 the son of Thomas James Jefferies and Mary Ann Jefferies (nee Kimber). He lived most of his early life in Salisbury and Quidhampton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, until by 1911 he had moved to Iwerne Minster working as a Carpenter. He enlisted on 11 Dec 1915 and was mobilized on 21 Mar 1916 joining the 'A' Reserve Company of the Special Brigade, Royal Engineers as a Sapper (Service No. 108751). He served in France and Flanders and whilst there suffered from Trench Fever for which he ultimately received a small pension. He was discharged on 27 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. His name still appeared on the Absent Voters Lists in 1918 and 1919 in the Iwerne Minster Electoral Roll. He married Emily Jane Burt in Broadway, Dorset, on 4 Jun 1924 and by the time of the 1939 Register was living at 64 Jestys Avenue, Weymouth, Dorset, working as a Carpenter. He died in Weymouth & District Hospital on 21 May 1961.