26 March 1915: Pte Hugh Ching (Alias Hugh William Power)

Hugh Ching was born on 25 January 1887 in Brixton, London. 

Location of Brixton in south London (cc OpenStreetMap)

He was the only son of Richard Ching (a grocer’s assistant) of 180, Eswyn Road, Tooting and his wife Annie. 

He was educated at Stockwell School

Aytoun Road, Brixton  Linskey Postcard Collection.

In 1891, age 4, Hugh was at home with his family, older sisters Mabel (8) and Florence (6) and Aunt Elizabeth Ching (31) on Aytoun Road, Brixton 

In 1901, age 14, Hugh was living at home in Brixton, still on Aytown Rd, with his parents, and a lodger (a 31 year old chemist). 

In 1911 Hugh, age 24 was working as and an advertising agent for an Electrical Manufacturer and was living at 48 Victoria Road, Aston, Birmingham in a three roomed apartment with a lodger, an electrical engineer. 

Bird’s-eye view of Birmingham in 1886 showing the Council House, Town Hall and Chamberlain Memorial.

In 1912, age 25, Hugh joined the Queen Victoria’s Rifles. Two years later, on 2 May 1914, Hugh married Pollie (née Pimley). They had a son, Robert, though he is not recognised in the Pension Record so had perhaps died. 

Pension Card for Hugh Ching (Alias Hugh William Power)

He volunteered under the alias Hugh William Power on the outbreak of war in August 1914 and went to France that October. He was fatally wounded on 24 March 1915 and died two days later.  His parting words to those around him were ‘Good Luck’. 

He is buried in Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate.

1631 Pte Hugh Ching, 9th Bn Queen Victoria’s Rifles The London Regiment

Sources: De Ruvignys’, English Census Returns 1901,1911. Findagrave, The Western Front Association Pension Records on Fold3 by Ancestry.