Charles Henry Wrixen

Regiment: Royal Sussex
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Date and place of birth: 3rd qtr 1899 Westbourne, Sussex
Date and place of death:  19 May 1916, Midhurst, Sussex

Family background

Charles Henry Wrixen was the son of Charles Joseph and Katherine Wrixen  who had married in Havant in 1895. Both parents were born in 1865: father in Sturminster and mother Katherine Aylwin Shorto in Deptford, Kent. In 1901, the family was living at Tangmere, Sussex, where father was a greengrocer working at home on his own account. There were three children: Ivy (4), Charles Henry (3) and Marjorie (4 months).

Charles J Wrixen died in Midhurst, Sussex, in 1905, aged 40. At the 1911 census his widow was working as a laundress and living with her three children at 4 Ashfield Road, Midhurst.

Military service

No records found

Death and commemoration

Charles Henry Wrixen died of pulmonary tuberculosis in Ashfield Road, Midhurst, aged 18. His occupation was recorded on the death certificate as auctioneer’s clerk, discharged private Royal Sussex Regiment. His death was registered by his aunt C H Shorto, of Petersfield Road. Charles H Wrixen is inscribed on Midhurst War Memorial and is listed on Memorial Panels in Midhurst Parish Church as Henry Wrixen.

Subsequent family history

Katherine Wrixen died on 31 July 1953, aged 87, in Midhurst.  His sisters both died unmarried: Ivy in 1973, aged 77 in Chanctonbury, Sussex and Marjorie in 1979, aged 78, in Worthing, Sussex.

Midhurst U3A WW1 War Memorial Project