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Charles William Haynes Rooker (1881 - 1918)

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Lance Sgt. Charles William Haynes Rooker
Born in Seighford, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 27 Feb 1904 in Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdommap
Husband of — married 2 Dec 1914 in Boyle, Roscommon, Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bailleulval, Pas-de-Calais, Francemap
Profile last modified 23 Feb 2019 | Created 10 Aug 2017
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Charles was born in 1881.[1] He was christened at St Chad's Church in Seighford, Staffordshire.

In 1891, he lived with his family in Gaydon, Warwickshire. His father is a farmer. In 1901, he worked as a gamekeeper at Bowood Estate in Wiltshire and lived nearby with the estate's butcher, Nelson Elmes, and his family in Derry Hill.[2]

In 1904, he married a Scottish lady, Isabella Duncan in Chelsea, London. By 1906, Charles worked at Virginia Park Lodge, a hunting lodge in Cavan County, Ireland.[2] Here Isabella gave birth to Florence(1906) and William(1908). In 1909, they moved west to Kilronan Castle, near Boyle, Roscommon County. Alexander(1909) and Anne(1913) were born here. Six months after the birth of Anne, Isabella died. Tragedy struck again in January 1914 when Anne died of bronchitis.

On 2 December 1914, Charles married his wife's younger sister, Jessie Duncan.

After World War I broke out, the Castle's owner, the 9th Earl of Kingston gathered up his able men and they joined the Irish Guards, a regiment of the British Army.[2] Charles attained the rank of Lance-Sergeant. He received wounds to his shoulder and hip[2] on 27 August 1918, during the Second Battle of Bapaume in France, and died the next day in the 46th CCS. He was buried in the Bac-Du-Sud British Cemetery in Bailleulval, France and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal for his service.

In 1920, his second wife Jessie took the children and emigrated to her brother's place in Sydney, Manitoba, Canada.[2]


  1. Unsourced family tree handed down to Diane (McArdon) MacDougall.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 As retold by Don Hutchison.
  • "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Charles William H Rooker, 1881; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Stafford, Staffordshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  • "England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 August 2017), Charles William Haynes Rooker, 1881.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1891," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 1 April 2016), William C H Rooker in household of William Rooker, Gaydon, Warwickshire, England; from "1891 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Warwickshire county, subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), Charles W H Rooker in household of Nelson J Elmes, Pewsham, Wiltshire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Chippenham subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  • "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2014), Charles William H Rooker, 1904; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing 1904, quarter 1, vol. 1A, p. 619, Chelsea, London, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
  • "Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), MARRIAGES entry for Charles W H Rooker; citing Boyle, Oct - Dec 1914, vol. 4, p. 41, General Registry, Custom House, Dublin; FHL microfilm 101,262.
  • "British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 2 February 2016), Charles William Haynes Rooker in entry for Alexander Duncan Rooker and Lillian Mae James, 1938.

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