Douglas Charles Scheu
Douglas Charles Scheu (who usually went by his middle name Charles) was born on 24 November 1884 in the All Souls subdistrict of Marylebone, Middlesex, the area of London now known as Fitzrovia. By the time of the 1891 census, he, his parents John and Lucy Scheu, and his siblings were living in South Molton Street, in the parish of St George Hanover Square, in the heart of modern-day Mayfair. By 1901 they had moved a few streets north to Thayer Street, Marylebone, and in the following census he and his sister Franceska were with their widowed mother in Weymouth Street, Marylebone. Charles's occupation was given as a carpenter.
On 22 March 1913 he married Elizabeth Alice Annie Cronin at St Mary Bryanston Square, Marylebone. Constance, their only child, was born fifteen months later. In the month following the British declaration of war on Germany on 4 August 1914, Charles volunteered to serve in the army and was stationed with the Royal Flying Corps in France from 1915 to the end of the war. He was demobilised in May 1919 with the rank of Flight Sergeant, and awarded the 1914–15 Star, the General Service Medal and the Victory Medal. His role in the RFC (and later RAF) was as a carpenter, and according to family tradition, he made the coffin for the Red Baron while stationed in Northern France in 1918.
Sometime between the wars, Charles, Elizabeth and Constance moved to 69 Bowes Road, Palmers Green, Middlesex, where Charles and Elizabeth remained until the 1960s, at which time they moved to 33 School Road in Hythe, Hampshire, where Constance had moved when she married. A few years later Constance, her husband Arthur, and their children moved in with them. Elizabeth died in the first quarter of 1965, aged 80, and Charles died on 4 April 1968 in Lymington Hospital, aged 83.
- ↑ Birth certificate (short form) for Douglas Charles Scheu, born 24 Nov 1884, All Souls subdistrict of Marylebone, Middlesex. Original held by Richard Smith.
- ↑ The National Archives. 1891 census for St George Hanover Square, London, England (RG12/67), fol 38, p 26. John Scheu's household. Digital images on Ancestry.com.
- ↑ The National Archives. 1901 census for St Marylebone, London, England (RG13/108), fol 85, p 61. John Scheu's household. Digital images on Ancestry.com.
- ↑ The National Archives. 1911 census for Marylebone, London, England (RG14/516), sched 5. Lucy Scheu's household. Digital images on Ancestry.com.
- ↑ Marriage certificate for Douglas Charles Scheu and Elizabeth Alice Annie Cronin, on 22 Mar 1913, St Mary's Bryanston Square in the parish of St Marylebone, London. Original held by Richard Smith.
- ↑ Birth certificate (short form) for Constance Frances Scheu, born 27 Jun 1914, Highbury subdistrict of Islington, Middlesex. Original held by Richard Smith.
- ↑ The National Roll of the Great War, section III "London", p 210. 1920–22. Digital images on Ancestry.com.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Information provided to Richard Smith by his mother, Charles's granddaughter.
- ↑ The National Archives : General Register Office. 1939 register for district , Southgate, Middlesex, England (RG101/0891F), p 891F. Digital images on FindMyPast.
- ↑ Information provided to Richard Smith by Arthur Banks, Charles's son-in-law.
- ↑ The National Archives : General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes — Deaths. Digital images on Ancestry.com.
- ↑ Death certificate for Douglas Charles Scheu, in the Lymington subdistrict and New Forest district of Hampshire. Original held by Richard Smith.