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From: "Alistair Chafer" <>
Subject: Re: [WW1] George William CHAFER VC
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 17:32:38 -0000
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Dear Forrest,
That is really interesting information. In 1901 he was listed as a boarder
in the home of William and Amelia CHAFER, aged 81 and 68, with their
daughter Lucy aged 27. Also, as boarders Martha and George CHAFER, aged 14
and 12, who were born in America. I am guessing that they are siblings of
GWC and that the family had been to America sometime before 1894.
I will need to get a copy of his birth certificate. FreeBMD has it
registered as Bradford.
Thankyou very much for your efforts.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Forrest Anderson" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, November 21, 2002 1:19 PM
Subject: Re: [WW1] George William CHAFER VC

> On Wed, 20 Nov 2002 19:54:30 -0000, "Alistair Chafer"
> <> wrote:
> >GWC won his VC on 3/4 June 1916. He was born on 16 April 1894 in Bradford
and died in Bramley 1 March 1966.
> >I am trying to fit him into the Chafer family tree and hope someone on
the list knows something about him. I would like to know who his parents
> >I,ve searched Google and did find him in the 1901 Census residing in
Epworth as a boarder so do not know the parents.
> I don't have his parents' names, but "The Victoria Cross 1856-1920" by
> Sir O'Moore Creagh says "he was born at Rotherham in 1897; is an orphan,
> and his aunt, Mrs Brooks, of Ravenfield Common, Rotherham, brought him
> up. He was educated in Rotherham..."
> By contrast, David Harvey's "Monuments to Courage" says that he was born
> on 16th April 1894 at Bradford in Yorkshire, and that he died on 1 Mar
> 1966 at his home at Flanderwell Lane, Bramley, Rotherham. "The Register
> of the Victoria Cross" also says he was born at Bradford on 16 April
> 1894, but died at Rotherham on *2nd* March 1966! It gives "town/county
> connections" as Epworth in Lincolnshire, and Bradford & Rotherham in
> Yorkshire.
> There are quite a lot of discrepancies there, and perhaps it doesn't help
> too much, however if he was an orphan, that probably explains the
> difficulty in finding his parents. Perhaps the Rotherham papers for
> March 1966 might carry a death notice or obituary?
> Forrest
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