Charles Storer (1877–1954)


Royal Engineers 221887 Army Signalling Coy

Photos courtesy Valerie Beresford

Charles Storer

Charles Storer (1877-1954), pictured outside his home at Fritchley, circa 1920s/30s

Charles Storer platoon on WW1

Photograph of a WW1-era army platoon, located among a collection of family photographs of the Storer family.
The men are wearing pith helmets, which were widely worn by British troops serving in the Middle East and Africa.
As Charles Storer is known to have served in the Middle East with the Royal Engineers, it is presumed that Charles is likely to be pictured on this photograph, though cannot be identified.

Chrles Storer in the brick yards

Charles Storer, pictured working as a brick setter at one of the Sawmills/Ambergate brickworks, circa 1920s/30s

Charles was born in about 1878 in Fritchley. He married Ada Harriett Wesley in 1902 at Ambergate Parish Church. He attested in February 1916 aged thirty-eight, a married brick-setter living on Front Street, Fritchley. In July 1917 he left Southampton as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, arriving at Basra in August. After a spell in hospital he was posted to Nasiriyah Front Signal Coy. September 1918 saw him in hospital with influenza, and then in the October he was in Baghdad. He left for England aboard SS Aduza in March 1919 and was demobbed in the following May.

1918 Crich voters
Charles Storer, Fritchley; absent on military service.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Army Service Record
He attested 26/02/16, aged 38 years 2 month, a married brick setter of Front Street, Fritchley. His height was 5ft 10in , weight 146lb , he was C of E and suffered from varicose veins. The next of kin was his wife Ada Harriett Storer (née Wesley), whom he married 31/03/02 in Ambergate Parish Church.Their children were Charles (20/01/03), George Henry (24/12/13) and Agnes May (30/08/16)
26/02/16 Attested
29/02/16 To Army Reserve
10/01/17 Posted as Pioneer
16/07/17 Embarked MEF from Southampton
18/08/17 Disembarked Basra
01/09/17 To hospital
29/09/17 Discharged from hospital
14/10/17 Posted to Nasirijich Front Signal Coy
02/09/18 Admitted to hospital
10/09/18 Discharged (influenza)
09/10/18 Posted to Army Signal Coy
21/10/18 Joined Army Signalling Coy in Baghdad
22/02/19 Baghdad
14/03/19 Embarked on SS Aduza
30/05/19 Demobbed


1891: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Emma Storer Head (wdw) 38 Dressmaker Fritchley
William Storer son 19 Lime burner Fritchley
Charles Storer son 13 Silk winder Fritchley
Matthew Storer son 11 Scholar Fritchley

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1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Emma Storer Head (wdw) 59 Dressmaker Fritchley
Charles Storer son 23 Brick setter Fritchley
Matthew Storer son 21 Navvy Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Charles Storer Head 33 Brick setter Fritchley
Ada Harriett Storer wife 32   Tipton
Charles Storer son 8   Fritchley

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There is a Matthew Storer on the Roll of Honour who could be the brother of Charles.