Christopher Youraba (or Yoruba) Faux, MM

1893 Jan 21. Born Middlesex

1898 Nov 22. Baptised. His younger brother also baptised at this date.

1901 His family are at 81, King Street West, Hammersmith. But he is not there, and I cannot find him elsewhere.

1904 His father died aged 63 in London. His mother remarried later that year

1911 census at 46 Percy Road, Shepherds Bush. His mother has remarried. He is a tailor.

1917 Jul 17. Military Medal Gazetted. K/720 Pte. (L./C.) C. Y. Faux, R. Fus.

1917 Nov 28. The undermentioned, from Officer Cadet Units, to be 2nd Lts. Som. L.I.—Christopher Youraba Faux

1919 May 28. The undermentioned 2nd Lt, to be Lt : 3rd Som. L.I.. C. Y. Faux.

1920 Apr 1. The undermentioned relinquish their commns. 3rd Somerset L.I.—Lts., and retain the rank of Lt.: — C. Y. Faux.

1920 Aug 3. Joined ADRIC with service no 69. Posted to Depot. Coy

1920 Sep 18 Promoted Platoon Commander

1920 Oct 17 Married in Winchcomb to Mary Louise Hansford Peachey. Hi address is given as Newcastle West, Limerick

1921 Mar 12. Posted to P Coy.

1921 Apr 1. 2nd in Command and 2 DI

1921 May 6. Reverted to 3 DI. Platoon Commander and posted to Depot

1921 May 28 Posted to Q Coy

1921 Aug 29 Re-engaged for a further contract with ADRIC

1922 Jan 16. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Feb 9 A Daughter Diana born. There appear to be 3 other children born in 1924, 1925 and 1928

1930 Electoral Register living at 23 Sampson , Birmingham,

1941 Apr 16 CWGC grave as "civilian war dead" in Belfast - M.M.; of 213 Antrim Road. Husband of Mary L. Hansford Faux. Died at 213 Antrim Road. The house was destroyed in a German Air Raid on Belfast. A direct hit from a parachute mine during the Easter Tuesday Raid. Six others lost their lives at this address. He was working for the Ministry of Supply

The road was one of the areas of the city to suffer sustained bombardment by the Luftwaffe as part of the Belfast Blitz of April and May 1941 and was amongst those hit the hardest resulting in a high number of casualties. On the night of 15 April 1941 German bombers launched their deadliest attack on Belfast. The Luftwaffe dropped incendiaries, powerful explosive bombs and parachute mines. North Belfast bore the brunt of the bombardment with entire swaths of terraced houses leveled. The Antrim Road in particular took the full force of the air raid which resulted in an inferno that engulfed the street. The Auxiliary Fire Brigade was unable to put out the conflagration as the water mains had been broken in 20 places.