Charlie Womack, Plumber Exempted from War for his Work

Charlie Womack was born on the 8th of December 1883 in Doncaster. His parents were John Womack (46) and Elizabeth Womack (38). He had 4 older sisters: Emma, Sarah, Elizabeth and Alice. Around 1886 his younger brother, Fred, was also born. In 1891 the family was living at 9 Dockin Hill Road. John worked as a gas-stoker, Emma was a dressmaker, and Sarah a confectioner. By 1901 Elizabeth and Alice had left home. John had started work as a labourer while both Charlie and Fred were apprenticed as plumbers.

By 1911 Charles and Fred had moved out, they became plumbers for a building firm. Together they boarded with Walter and Alice Calthorpe and family of 108 Dockin Hill Road. At some point in the intervening years Charlie had married. It is not clear who he was married to. Walter Gabbelin Calthorpe was a labourer at a paint works. Walter and Alice had two daughters: Kathleen and Ethel. All four of their other children had died young.

In 1915 Charles was living at 29 the Holmes, Wheatley, Doncaster. Before conscription he applied to the army Veterinary Corps. This is noteworthy as his brother had the same skill set, but applied instead to the Royal Engineers later that year. Charlie had previously done his time in the Doncaster Volunteers. Charlie seems not to have served in the First World War because in 1916 Thomson and Dixon submitted an exemption on his behalf. He was one of two Foreman Plumbers for the construction of 200 miners’ houses for Staveley Coal and Iron Company. The Advisory Committee recommended he be granted a conditional exemption from combat. In 1916 he had been living in Armthorpe with his wife and two children.

In 1924 Charlie remarried to Ethel A Adams, she was a few months younger than him. By 1939 he was a Master Plumber living at 73 Briar Road, Doncaster. They had an older boarder, George Jenkinson, a railway plate-layer. Charlie passed away in June of 1952, at the age of 68, in Don Valley.

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