Charles Albert Duff 1893 - 1972

A Brief History of Charles Albert 1893 - 1972
(and wife Alice Maud Babbage 1894? - 1969

Charles Albert was born on 14 th March 1893 at 108 Gibbon Road Kingston-upon-Thames. He enlisted on 15 th January 1915 and served in the Middlesex Regiment in France 1915-1919. He was demobbed 1919. Charlie (as he was referred to) suffered wounds to his legs and suffered with bad ulcers for the remainder of his life. He married Alice Maud Babbage (of Tiverton, Devon ) at the Baptist Chapel Tiverton on 28 th August 1920. Maud also suffered from ill health and had a hysterectomy, thus they did not have children. We have Charles living at 47 Wyndham Road Kingston-upon-Thames in 1930 but at some stage he bought 17 Chesfield Road. Charlie worked for the Highways Department of Surrey County Council at County Hall Kingston. Maud had become handicapped following severe strokes. She required a Zimmer Frame to walk and her pronounced Devon burr was slurred by a speech impediment. She spent most of her time sitting in the parlour at 17 Chesfield Road reading and with her very mischievous sense of humour regularly baiting Charlie, apparently for sport. For some reason Charlie always took the bait, such was their relationship. Maud died on 12 th October 1969 at Barnes Hospital . Charlie died on 27 th November 1972 at Claremont Hospital Surbiton and his ashes scattered on his wife's grave, which is also the grave of Maud's parents, grave number Acon 1295 in Kingston Cemetery .

When he died his house was left to his nephews Albert and Kenneth (from his younger brother Albert). Nephew Albert had for many years looked after Charlie and Maud, calling in and running errands daily once Albert was working in Acre Road Kingston . The house was sold to local builders Wm. Stevens and converted into two flats.

 

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