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St Peter-in-the East Church: Ernest George Charles RIX (1897–1915)

Ernest George Charles Rix was born in east Oxford in 1897, the son of Harry Woods Rix (born in Braintree, Essex on 26 June 1866) and Kate Taylor (born in London in c.1869, and adopted by the Charles family, after which she was known as Kate Charles). Ernest's parents were married in St Anne's Church in Soho on 21 October 1888 and had six children:

  • Edith Fanny Rix (born in Soho, London on 29 January 1889 and baptised at St Anne's Church, Westminster on 31 March)
  • Florence Kate Rix (born in Oxford on 14 July 1890)
  • Winifred Maud Rix (born at 3 Tyndale Street (then called William Street) in east Oxford in 1892/3 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 26 February 1893)
  • Ernest George Charles Rix (born at 83 James Street, Oxford in 1897 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 6 June)
  • Arthur Harold Rix (born at 83 James Street, Oxford on 16 November 1899 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 28 January 1900)
  • Leonard Harry Rix (born at 41 Aston Street, Oxford in 1906 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 9 April; died near the beginning of 1907).

At the time of the 1901 census Ernest (3) was living at 83 James Street in East Oxford with his father Harry (34), who was the salesman of a dealer in antiques, his mother Kate (32), and his older sisters Edith (12), Florence (10), Winifred (8), who were at school, and his younger brother Arthur (1). They had a boarder, and a 14-year-old servant girl.

By 1906 they had moved to 41 Aston Street. Ernest's father Harry Woods Rix is hard to find after this date, and although there is no obvious record of his death, Mrs Rix is later listed as the householder.

By the time of the 1911 census Ernest's mother was running a boarding house at 24 Regent Street, again in East Oxford. Ernest (13), who was still at school, was living there with his mother Kate (42) and his younger brother Arthur (11), and there were were four boarders in residence. His sister Edith (22), who was a lady's maid, was paying a visit to a family just across the road at 1 Regent Street; Florence (20), who was a nursemaid, was looking after the one-year-old son of an ivory merchant who lived at 1 Marchwood Crescent, Ealing; and Winifred (18) was a domestic nurse to three children in the home of a Major in the Indian Army who lived at 117 The Grove, Ealing.

Mrs Rix was listed as living at 27 Regent Street in 1914.

Poppy In the First World War Ernest George Charles Rix enlisted in London as a volunteer and served in “A” Company of the 1st/14th Battalion of the London Regiment (London Scottish) (Service No. 3835). He was killed in action in France at the age of 18 on 25 September 1915.

He was buried at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loose (grave ref. V.C.12), and his mother paid to have the following words inscribed on his headstone: “AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN & IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM”. He is remembered on the St Peter-in-the-East Church war memorial, which is now on the wall of Balliol College Archives (the former St Cross Church).


After the war

Ernest's parents

  • Harry Woods Rix was described as deceased at the time of his daughter Edith's wedding in 1916, but in fact he died on 1 April 1924.
  • Kate Rix died in the Ploughley district of Oxfordshire near the beginning of 1943.

Ernest's siblings

  • Edith Fanny Rix (born 1888) was aged 27 and living in the School House, Rose Lane, Oxford when on 12 February 1916 at St Peter-in-the-East Church she married William Charles Quelch (23), a soldier of 50 Marlborough Road. They had three children: Patricia A. Quelch (1920), Peggy E. Quelch (1921), and Ernest C. Quelch (1924). Edith's husband died at 11 Ellesmere Road, Rose Hill, Oxford on 3 April 1958, and his effects came to £2,854 3s. 3d. Edith herself died at that address on 7 September 1980, and her effects came to £24,087.
  • Florence Kate Rix (born in Oxford in 1890) was aged 34 and living at her mother's house, 27 Regent Street in east Oxford, when on 6 August 1924 at St Peter-in-the-East Church she married Arthur Day (29), a butler of Ivy Cross, Leicester. They do not appear to have had any children. Florence died in the Chipping Norton district in 1979 at the age of 87.
  • Winifred Maud Rix (born 1892/3) never married. She died in Bromley, Kent at the age of 50 in 1941.
  • Arthur Harold Rix (born 1899) was described as a lorry driver of 27 Regent Street when on 19 August 1926 at Cowley St John Church he married Alice Emily Tucker, a draper's assistant of 54 Southfield Road. They had two children whose births were registered in the Headington district of Oxford: Betty A. Tucker near the beginning of 1928, and Donald A. Tucker in 1931. Arthur died at Middleton Farm, Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire on 21 October 1974 at the age of 74, and his effects came to £46,472.

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