Cuthbert William Kenrick was born in 1896. His father Cuthbert James, a tailor, was born in Preston, Lancashire and his mother Annie was from Retford. They married in 1892 and moved to Doncaster, where Cuthbert Junior was born. They had four other children but two had died in childhood leaving Cuthbert and his two sisters Alice and Elizabeth.
When Cuthbert was at school the family were living in St Sepulchre Gate along with his widowed grandfather William, who was “living on his own means”. He went to St Peter’s then the British School, which was on Chequer Road.
When he left school Cuthbert got a job as an office boy and the family by then had moved to number 19 Childers St. His sister Alice was contributing to the family finances by working as a librarian’s assistant. Later he got a job as a clerk in the Great Northern Railway Loco Department.
He joined up as a private in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry when war broke out and rose to become a corporal. In October 1916 his family were shocked to hear he was lying dangerously ill in a foreign hospital after being wounded by a gunshot wound to the abdomen. However, he made a full recovery and returned to the front. He continued to see action and was awarded the Military Medal late in 1918 just before the war ended.
His experiences in the war obviously didn’t put him off army life as he enlisted in the Tank Corps in 1922 and wasn’t discharged until 1925, the year he got married. His wife was Grace Evans Presley of Huddersfield, where the marriage also took place. Grace’s father is described on the marriage certificate as “gentleman”. Cuthbert was still living with his family at 19 Childers St at that time and was still working for the GNR.
Cuthbert had a long life, dying in Gloucester in 1987 aged 91.