Charles G. Fink

Charles George Fink was the first child of Peter and Elizabeth. Unfortunately we know very little about him or his life. What little we do know has been gleaned from the BMD indexes and certificates and entries in the census.

His birth was registered in the December quarter 1857 at Colchester in Essex (index entry volume 4a page 228). In the 1871 census Charles Fink is at the Wandsworth Reformatory Boys Home in Wandsworth (now part of Greater London). At the time of the census his age is shown as being 13, and he is described as a wood cutter born in Essex, Colchester.

It appears that whatever the cause of his time in Wandsworth, he is gainfully employed by the time of the 1881 census, as he is shown as being a Deck Hand aged 23 on the “Dart”, under captain James Moy at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

In the March quarter 1883 a marriage to one Elizabeth Ann Cutter at Yarmouth in Norfolk (index entry reference Volume 4b page 24) is registered. Elizabeth’s birth entry would appear to be registered at Shropham in Norfolk in the June quarter 1858 (index entry volume 4b page 257)

At the 1891 census Charles G Fink aged 33 is shown as living at at 51 Stephenson Street, Tynemouth, North Shields, Northumberland where his occupation is listed as a “Ship Platers Helper”. With him is wife Elizabeth A Fink, aged 32.

In the 1901 census they seem to have got younger (he is shown as being 37 and Elizabeth as 35 rather than the more accurate 43 and 41). Charles is a Shipyard Labourer and they are still living in Northumberland this time at 43 Joas Street, Wallsend, Tyneside in Northumberland.

Sadly it appears that Elizabeth passed away in the late 1920’s as there is a death entry for Elizabeth A Fink in Dec quarter in 1929 at the age of 70 in Tynemouth district.

Presumably Charles must have returned to the east end of London. A distant cousin recalls meeting one elderly Fink relative “a rather religious chap” who visited George Fink’s family in the 1930’s in Hackney. We have a photo of Charles (and we believe his mother Elizabeth Wash/ Fink / Henderson) showing Charles in the Salvation Army uniform. There is / was no corps of the Salvation Army in Tynemouth but there was one in Hackney that closed in 1941. We are still pursuing enquiries with the Salvation Army but it appears that most of the records of that era have been lost.

Charles George Fink passed away 26th February 1942 at St Andrews Hospital in Poplar at the age of 83. Cause of death was given as “right heart failure and emphysema”. His address at that time was given as 20 Garford Street in Poplar. His occupation was listed as Fisherman (retired), which presumably relates back to his time on the Dart way back in the 1870’s.

We have been unable to date to trace any children of Charles and Elizabeth

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