Charles William Alexander LE GRICE, 19011955 (aged 54 years)

Charles William Alexander /LE GRICE/
Given names
Charles William Alexander
Birth January 9, 1901
Address: Church St, N.Walsham, Smallburgh,Norfolk
Death September 13, 1955 (aged 54 years)
Address: Llandough Hosp, East Glamorgan, Wales
Burial September 19, 1955 (6 days after death)
Cemetery: Worsted Baptist

At some time in the early 1930's a combination of the depression and his father, William's advancing senility, Charles returned to North Walsham to help with the family businesses. In the early years of the Second World War his father died and thebusinesses were sold and Charles became a travelling salesman, living in Darlington and Middlesborough before eventually ending up as area manager in South Wales for John Morrell Foods. He had considerable artistic gifts which he developed at night school and painted for pleasure. His special interest was lettering (calligraphy today).


Charles and his wife Marian moved to Cardiff in 1947/8 and were received into membership of the Llanisher Baptist Church, where a member of the congregation recognized his name. They had been in the church choir together when he was at Bawdeswell.This was Mrs. Hilda Searles, and she and her husband Sid became good friends supporting Charles when Marian died and later his second wife, Mary when Charles died. indeed they remained good friends to Mary and daughter, Margaret until they died, Hilda in 1974 and Sid 20 years later, by which time they had moved to the Midlands. The way that Charles met and became engaged to his second wife, is an amazing story, a mixture of romance and tragedy and was told to me by their daughter Margaret. Charles' first father-in-law, the Reverend James McClinnon had been at Manchester Baptist College in the closing years of the 19th century and one of his friends was the Reverend Sebastian Anderton and he was a guest at the wedding of Charles and Marian McClinnon. Through this friendship Sebastian's second child (and Margaret's mother ), Mary Guss Anderton knew of the Le Grices in her early years. Her parents Sebastian and his wife Elizabeth Ann (nee Osbaldeston of Rossendale, Lancashire) lived near Preston and their friends the McClinnons moved to be near them when they retired. It was not too long before James, Sebastian and Elizabeth died and Charles wife, Marian (nee McClinnon) was dying in Cardiff, we believe from kidney problems. Mary Anderton, who was teaching Domestic Science at an Adult College was able totake time off to accompany Mary McClinnon to Cardiff to pay a last visit to her dying daughter, Marian. After Marian died in September 1951 Mary Anderton wrote a letter of condolence to Charles. The following Easter they were engaged and married on the 11th August 1952. Margaret, their only child, was born on 27th August 1953 and Charles died on 13th September 1955 of a coronary thrombosis.