Charles Henry Milbourn

Charles Henry Milbourn was born on 17th March 1895 at Worrall House, Altcar near Ormskirk and baptised on 26th May of that year at St Michael and All Angels at Altcar.  He was the son of John Milbourn who was born c. 1866 in Liverpool and his wife Sarah (nee Dyson) who was born c. 1868 in Rugby.  The father was a farmer.

In the 1901 Census John and Sarah were living at Worrall Farm at Altcar.  Six-year-old Charles had an older brother called John Frederick (born at Altcar) who was seven years old.  Another son called Cecil Dyson was born in 1902 at Altcar.

In 1905 Sarah Milbourn died at the age of around 37 years of age.  Two years later John Milbourn married Florence Ashton Nicholson who was from the Manchester area and who was eight years younger than him.  In 1908 their son Geoffrey Turner was born at Aston-by-Sutton.

By 1911 the couple with their four sons were living at Aston Heath in a 10-room farmhouse.  John helped his father on the farm and Charles and Cecil were at school. 

Charles served firstly in the South Lancashire Regiment as a Private with the service number 31593 and later as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery with the same service number.  It is not known where he served, but he was an absent voter on military service in late 1918.  His brother John Frederick was killed on the Somme in 1916.  Their parents had moved to Gore House in Lydiate.

In 1924 Charles married Dorothy Whitlow (born 1891) who was the daughter of George and Agnes Whitlow who ran the Red Lion in Preston Brook.  They had a son called Frederick G Milbourn in April 1927. 

John Milbourn died in 1932 and Florence in 1936.

The 1939 Register recorded Charles and Dorothy as living on Stanmore Road in the Wavertree district of Liverpool.  Their 12-year-old son’s whereabouts is not clear.  Charles was employed as a bank clerk.

By 1955 they were all living on Churston Road in Childwall and continued to live there at least until Charles’ death.

Charles Henry Milbourn died on 15th February 1973 in Liverpool aged 77 years.

Dorothy passed away in Liverpool in 1984 at the age of 92 years.