Blackmore Area Local History

First World War Commemoration:
Charles Root

Died in the First World War.
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Charles Root

War Memorial: Place and inscription
War Memorials at Highwood and Ingatestone.
War Memorial Tablet at Fryerning.


Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). 58th Battalion. Service No: 87273 [CWGC]

Service Details:
“I have the attestation papers for Charles Root, and when he joined up he lived in the Old Barn in Blackmore. He joined the 4th battalion Royal Berkshire Regt on
7th September 1914 in Chelmsford, service number 87273. The papers show that he was a Territorial and actually joined for four years. At time of joining Charles was 19 years old, five foot five inches tall, and had a chest measurement of 34½ inches and his physical development was described as fair, even though he was a farm labourer. Nevertheless he was declared fit.”  [John Westwood,]

Personal and family information:
Place of residence entered as “Blackmoor”. [Free BMD]

Not on 1901 Census for Blackmore,
1911 census transcription details for:  Old Barn Blackmore Ingatestone

Roots.  Head.  Married.  [Age] 50.  Farm Labourer.  [Born] Essex Great Baddow
Louisa Roots.  Wife.  Married 18 years.  [Age] 50.  [Born] Essex Roxwell
Charles Roots.  Son.  Single.  [Age] 16.  Farm Labourer.  [Born] Essex Roxwell
Ivy Roots.  Dau.  [Age] 10.  [Born] Essex Writtle
Harry Simons.  Stepson.  Single.  [Age] 21. Farm Labourer.  [Born] Essex Roxwell

Electoral Roll 1914: Mid Essex / Chelmsford Division records Frederick Root as living in the ‘Writtle – Highwood Ward’. Abode, “Horsfrith Park – via Blackmore”; Description of Qualifying Property, “Old Barn”.

Surname does not appear on Blackmore Electoral Register 1918 [ERO C/E

“In August 1918, Charles was home on leave to get married, to Hildagarde Heard, from Tollesbury. A month later Charles was dead, he has no known grave and is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois memorial. After the war his wife lived in
Acton west London, and from papers available she didn’t remarry. As a post script to this article, Army Form W 5080 reveals a further tragedy and takes us back full circle to Highwood Church. Frederick Root was Charles’ father, who was killed ‘whilst on military duty’ in May 1915 aged 52, and is buried in Writtle cemetery.” [John Westwood,]

Date of Death:
18th September 1918


Where died:

Place of Burial or Commemoration:
Memorial: Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Panel 10 [CWGC]

List of Sources:
Commonwealth War
Graves Commission, Essex Record Office, Free BMD, John Westwood

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Last Updated: 4 June 2010