Charles Jay (1882 – 1916) was born in Colchester to Charles and Julia Jay. Charles was living at 20 Nunn’s Cut when he started North school, but moved with his family to 53 Northgate Street, then 29 Albert Street.
In 1905 Charles married Beatrice Deeks and moved to Old Heath. By the time he enlisted in the East Surrey Regiment in 1915 they had four children and he worked as a boot repairer.
Charles was mobilised for service in March 1916. In April he was admitted to hospital in Dover with scarlet fever and spent all of May in a civil isolation hospital. He remained there until his death on 7th June. He is buried in St James cemetery in Dover.
1894 – 1903 Admission Register
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914-1920
UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919