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

Born 25 January 1887, Brixton, London. 

Only son of Richard Ching (Grocer’s Assistant) of 180, Eswyn Road, Tooting and wife Annie. 

Educated at Stockwell School

Brixton Road in 1883

In 1891, age 4, Hugh was at home with his family, older sisters Mabel (8) and Florence (6) and Aunt Elizabeth Ching (31) on Aytown 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 and an Advertising Agent for an Electrical Manufacturer 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, he 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 for under the alias Hugh William Power service on the outbreak of war in August 1914.

He went to France October 1914.

Fatally wounded on 24 March, he died two days later.  His parting words to those around him were ‘Good Luck’. 

Buried Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate.


Sources: De Ruvignys’, Census Returns 1901,1911. Findagrave, WFA Pension Records on Fold3.