Charles Arthur Worrell, QSA, Canadian Expeditionary Force

1882 Apr 23 Born Whitechapel, London

1891 census at 2, Lower Road, St Paul, Deptford

1901 census He was in South Africa. Service No. 33748 in 35th Company, 11th Imperial Yeomanry. Queens South Africa Medal.

1903 Oct/Dec Married Clara Louisa Hicks at Keynsham, Somerset.

1911 census at 18 Monro House Long Lane Southwark S E

1914 Jul 23. Leaves UK for Quebec on SS Alaunia. He is a policeman

1915 Apr. A record of him crossing US - Canada border

1915 Oct 18. Enlisted in CEF. His next of kin is his wife Clara Louisa. He is a police officer living at 173 Charlotte St, St John, NB. He has already served 1 year in 28 NB Dragoons (a militia unit) and 2 years in Imperial Light Horse, 1 year in RM Artillery and 3 months in 4th OS Siege Battery.

1920 Jul 30 Joined ADRIC with service no 54. Posted to K Coy (the faint script could indicate that he was only posted to K Coy on 3 Dec 1920)

1920 Dec 11 Wounded at Cork at Dillons Cross Ambush . His £25 compensation indicates that the wounds were minor.

1921 Mar 18 Resigned from ADRIC

1927 Separated from Wife

1929 Problems with money and women

1932 Nov 17. 1 months prison for being in arrears with maintenance

1933 Apr 19. In what looks like attempted suicide, he was found unconcious in his garage in Southend suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning

1934 Still problems

1935 In arrears

1941 A Clara L Worrell dies in Bath aged 60, which is probably his wife - right age and initials

1950 Mar 29. A Charles Arthur Worrell of the right age leaves for Sydney with wife Margaret . He is a 67 year old caterer.

Charles Worrell is my great grandfather and he died in Australia as far as I know. He led a platoon in WWI nicknames 'Worrell's Warriors' and was injured at the battle of Cambrai after which he was invalided out of the army. My grandfather's memoirs say he 'got involved with women' and emigrated to Australia as one of the 'ten quid tourists'. My grandfather never spoke about him other than in his memoir which my brother took down following some interviews with him.

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