Charles Edgar Rootsey (1875 – 1940)

Charles Edgar Rootsey was born on 19 February 1874 at 4 Balmoral Grove on the Caledonian Road in London. He was the son of a butcher named George James Rootsey and Eliza Jane Blake. In 1897 Charles Married Lydia Harriet Chitty in St Pancras and by 1911 they were living with their three children at the house of Emily Anne Scroggie in Finsbury Park. Lydia was Emily’s servant whilst Charles was working on his own account as a window cleaner. In the 1918 electoral rolls Charles and Lydia are recorded as living at 73 Dutton Street in Greenwich and 59 Courthill Road in Lewisham in 1927. At the outbreak of war in 1939 the Rootseys were living at 136 Mount Pleasant Road in Lewisham.  In the autumn of 1940 Charles was resident at Rhette, a house adjoining Wrotham Heath Place, when on 15 October an air raid on the village killed Charles. He had been trapped under rubble with James Thomas Edward Clayson and was unable to escape.

His wife Lydia died 22 years later in 1962 ,aged 90.

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