Born: 1872, Liverpool, Lancashire.

Died: 5th July 1900; age: 28; Died of Disease at Pretoria, Eastern Cape, South Africa.


Taken PoW – released 6th June 1900, at Waterval Boven.


Residence: 303, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich – the home of Eleanor’s widowed mother, Eliza Lawrence.

Occupation: Labourer.


Rank: Driver; Service Number: 78110.

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery, ‘U’ Battery.


Clasps Awarded: Paardeberg, Dreifontein, Relief of Kimberley & Transvaal.




1881   16, Circus Street, Liverpool, Lancashire.


Charles was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Mansfield Gelling, 40, a Dock Labourer, born Liverpool.

Susannah Gelling (nee Turner), 39, a Dock Labourer, born Whitehaven, Cumberland.

William Gelling, 16, a Shop Boy, born Liverpool.

James Gelling, 14, a Shop Boy, born Liverpool.

Elizabeth Gelling, 4, born Liverpool.


Charles’s mother, Susannah Gelling died 1889, Liverpool, Lancashire.


In 1895, Marylebone, London, Charles married Eleanor Jane Lawrence, born 1870, Ipswich.

They had 2 daughters:

Eleanor Lucy Gelling, born Christmas Day, 1895, Spring Road, Ipswich.

Elizabeth Margaret Gelling, born August 1899, Camden Road, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Eleanor Gelling – widow.

The Boer War.

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