Other names: Charles
Locations in this story: Farnham, DorsetChettle, DorsetMiddle EastBlandford, DorsetFordingbridge, HampshireRockbourne, Hampshire
Story: Charles Woolfries was born in Farnham, Dorset, on 26 Dec 1885 and baptised in Stourpaine, Dorset, on 7 Mar 1886 the son of Francis Woolfries and Elizabeth Ann Woolfries (nee Cole-James). He spent his early life in Farnham until by 1911 he had become employed as a live-in servant at Chettle House, Chettle, Dorset. He had enlisted and joined the Dorset (Queen's Own) Yeomanry as a Private (Service No. 230185). In time he became a Corporal and served in the Middle East theatre of war. In time his unit became part of the Corps of Hussars and he was eventually discharged on 18 Jul 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He had married Elsie Edith Burden in Blandford, Dorset, Registry area during 1915. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living near Priory Farm, Breamore, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, working as a Farmer as well being a volunteer ARP Warden. His death was recorded in Rockbourne, Hampshire, on 15 Jun 1940 and he was buried at Farnham, Dorset, on 19 Jun 1940. Of his brothers, Edwin Woolfries had died whilst serving whereas Harry Woolfries and Arthur Eldred Woolfries both survived the conflict.