Charles Fountain

There is no mention of a Charles Fountain in Parish records.

After an exhaustive search a researcher tracked Charles Fountain in the 1911 census.   It is believed he was working as a groom at Westfield House, living at Westfield Cottage in Crown Lane.   The entry shows: Charles James Fountain, aged 30, working as a groom, born in Huntingdon.   Living with him was his wife Sarah Ann, aged 41, born in West Haddon and their family Claude Charles aged 4 and Phyllis Bertha aged 3.   Both were born in West Haddon as was the other occupant Jane Naseby, a widow aged 63, shown as “mother-in-law”.

The 1901 census shows him as a boarder, living at 15 Church Lane, East Haddon, working as a groom, aged 19.   His place of birth was given as Godmanchester, Huntingdonshire.

According to the 1911 census Charles had been married for 5 years.   He had not married in West Haddon.   A search revealed the marriage of Charles James Fountain and Sarah Ann Naseby registered in the July-September quarter of 1906 (Daventry 3b 252).

The researcher was provided with the following information from Gerald Thompson a researcher in Daventry.

FOUNTAIN, C. J.    Driver   RASC

He volunteered in November, 1915 and was almost immediately drafted to France.   During his service on the Western Front he was engaged on important duties with the transport conveying supplies to the forward areas.   He was slightly wounded on one occasion and demobilised in August, 1919 holding the1914-15 Star and the General Service and Victory medals.

The Absentee Voters’ List 19919 shows his military number as 144564, his military role as Driver and his regiment as 103 Company ASC 15DT

He returned to live in West Haddon.

Sarah Ann, wife of Charles died in December, 1943 aged 72(Daventry District 3b 140)

Jim Blakey March 14, 2017




According to the 1911 entry he had been married for 5 years, but I can’t find a marriage for him in West Haddon. However, doing a search for Fountain in the weddings I turned up this one:

15.11.1913 James Hollis, 39, soldier m. Kate Avery, 26, spinster, domestic servant. witnesses John Fountain and George Dove, fathers of the Groom and Bride: James Hollis, gamekeeper and George Dove, carter. So if Kate was a spinster and her father’s name was Dove, is there a second marriage in here somewhere? And how does John Fountain fit in – was he a relative of Charles?

Wendy Raybouls March 14, 2017