Charles Haylock (1868)

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Blacksmith

By Jackie Embury

Charles Haylock was born on 1 July 1868 in Ashwell, Hertfordshire, his father, Joseph, was a Maltster at the brewery, his mother was Emily Austin, they lived in Mill Street, Ashwell. He had 11 brothers and 4 sisters.

His civilian occupation was a shoeing smith having served an apprenticeship with JW Pack of Ashwell 1886-1890.  He joined the 10th Royal Hussars (The Prince of Wales Own) at York on 12 March 1891 as a Private, shoe smith.  He served for 12 years until 1903, serving in South Africa 1899-1902.

However as the photo shows he was a Farrier Sergeant in the Royal Field Artillery (RFA) 1st Herts Yeomanry serving from 14 Oct 1914 - 1918.  It would appear he did not serve abroad but was responsible for the care and shoeing of horses in England quite a responsible position.

He married Agneta Mary Racher (housemaid)  on 23 December 1905, probably at St Mary's Ashwell.

He and Agneta lived in Queens Road, Royston where he continued his occupation as a Blacksmith

Agneta died in 1929

Charles died in December 1956 in Ashwell, Hertfordshire, at the age of 88.

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