E. C. R. Christmas, 13 Jan 1886 ~ 7 Oct 1916

The Life of “Uncle Cecil” Christmas

born 13 Jan 1886 Edinburgh Hotel, Southampton (1st regd E Vincent R C)

extract of birth certificate:

He was the son of Edwin CHRISTMAS and Margaret Abigail, née RUSSELL.  His father, Edwin, was ex-navy - a captain's steward on at least one posting - and the proprietor of the hotel.  His mother, Margaret, was the daughter of the proprietor of the ‘pleasure ground’ in Portchester Castle.

6 Apr 1891: Edwin C R CHRISTMAS age 5; Edinburgh Commercial Hotel, 1 St Mary's Rd, Southampton (with his family) [census RG12/913 fo121 p1]

Jul 1899: W MACDONALD & C CHRISTMAS beat P KEENE & T PERSEE in the Doubles Fives Competition Final at Banister Court School [Hampshire Advertiser Aug 12, 1899 p6/8]

Dec 1900: C CHRISTMAS reported successes on various fields (also H CHRISTMAS) [Hampshire Advertiser Dec 29, 1900 p4/8]

1 Apr 1901: Cecil CHRISTMAS age 15; boarder, Banister Court School, Southampton [census RG13/1074 fo55 p10]

Dec 1901: more reports of C CHRISTMAS school successes (also H CHRISTMAS as a good gymnast) [Hampshire Advertiser Dec 28, 1901 p9/10]

3 Apr 1911: age 23, licensed victualler; with Margaret 29, Margery 11, Harold 20 (an older cousin, and two younger siblings); Edinburgh Hotel, Southampton [census RG14/5968 RG78/273 Ard99 sd1 ed34 sn30]

Will: 23 Jan 1913 [service record]

20 May 1915: "gave away" aunt, Jessie Mary RUSSELL, in marriage to RICHARD BENNETTS  [Portsmouth Evening News 20 May 1915 p3/6]  Jessie was organist of St Mary’s, Portchester.

5 Jul 1915 enlisted: Dukes Rd, Southampton

Temp 2nd Lt in 18th Bt Kings Royal Rifle Corps [War Diary would be: WO 95/2635/3 - 18 Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps]

2 May 1916 entrained Farnborough for Southampton, thence to Havre (arrived 3rd May) [service record]

Died of wounds 7 Oct 1916 Thiepval [service record] of Edinburgh Hotel, 1 St Mary's-road, Southampton; 2/Lt KRR [E&W National Probate Calendar]

Probate 1 Feb 1918: CHRISTMAS Edwin Cecil Russell of the Edinburgh hotel 1 St Mary's-road Southampton second-lieutenant King's Royal Rifles died 7 Oct 1916  at some place in France Admin (with Will) Winchester 1 Feb to Hilda Margaret CHRISTMAS, spinster. Effects £3,460 13s 11d [E&W National Probate Calendar]

1916-1919 Effects Record No.20636 (p8) Registry No.127685/3: 2nd Lt E C R CHRISTMAS, KRR, d 7 Oct 16, of wounds. CR: 2 Dec 16 £7/5/- (Cox & Co) + 6 Dec 16 £37/10/- (tfr 317) + Nov 16 £1/15/7 (C P Base). Charges: 3 Feb 17 £4/13/9 (Authy R P London) + 12 Mar 18 £41/16/10 (Admnx Miss Hilda Margaret CHRISTMAS) + 21 Oct 19 £5/-/- (Administratrix....). Stamped for War Gratuity. [image]

Kings Royal Rifle Corps Memorial

and Memorial Book

at Winchester Cathedral.

Memorial at Thiepval

Family and War Memorials at St Mary’s, Portchester

Southampton F.C. Memorial to Saints Players, unveiled at midday, 10 November 2018.