Charles Harper Cleave & Ethel Hulford
Charles Harper Cleave & Ethel Hulford
[Journal No. 69]
Charles Harper Cleave, “Charlie”, was born in 1884 at the family farm named “Cleaveland” at Wee Wee Rup near Cohuna in Northern Victoria.
He is a son of William Walter Cleave “Walter” and Mary Harper Richey.
Ethel Hulford was born on the 15th of July 1882 at Brookwood in Surrey, England.
She is a daughter of James Henry Hulford and Emma Lousia Unknown.
Ethel was baptised at St Michael and All Angels church in Surrey, England on the 4th of February 1891.
In February 1984 Charlie moved to Tyers near Traralgon in East Gippsland with his parents and siblings.
Charlie moved to Bloomfield near Warragul with his parents and siblings.
Shortly after the death of his sister Emma, Charlie moved to Balnarring with his parents and siblings.
Charlie’s parents separated in 1904 and his father initially drifted around the Flinders area.
His mother remained on the farm at Balnarring with her children.
In 1908 Charlie moved to Red Hill with his mother and some of his siblings
** To find out more about Victor and his family up to this point in time, refer to my journal titled “William Walter Cleave & Mary Harper Richey.” **
It was around this time that Charlie left school and obtained a job as a grocer’s assistant.
Charlie and some of his brothers were members of the Shoreham Rifle Club.
On the 26th of July 1915 at the age of twenty one, Charlie enlisted in the A.I.F.
Although they enlisted to serve in the First World War on different dates, Charles and his brothers Albert and Theo somehow managed to embarked together from Melbourne, on the 20th of May 1916.
Leaving family and friends behind, they were on their way to the Western Front, onboard HMAT A7 Medic.
Two months later they disembarked at Plymouth in England on the 18th of July 1916.
Charlie was in England assigned to the A.I.F. postal service in England, when he met Ethel Hulford.
Following a whirlwind romance, the wedding of Charlie and Ethel took place in the All Saints, Parish Church at Camden Town in England, on the 7th of April 1919.
Charlie, and it appears also Ethel, embarked from England on board HT “Ceramic” on the 12th of March 1920.
Charlie, and possibly Ethel, disembarked at Port Melbourne on the 6th of May 1920.
Charlie was discharged from the A.I.F. in Melbourne on the 5th of August 1920.
Charlie and Ethel were living at 67 Nelson street, Prahran and Charlie was working as a carpenter.
Charlie and Ethel were living at 7 Agnew street, Brighton and Charles was still working as a carpenter.
Charlie and Ethel were still living at 7 Agnew street, and Charlie was still working as a carpenter.
Charlie and Ethel were living and farming on their property at Ellinbank in Gippsland.
Charlie and Ethel were still living and farming on their property at Ellinbank.
Charlie and Ethel were living and farming on their property in Cranbourne Road at Lyndhurst.
Charlie and Ethel were still living at Cranbourne Road in Lyndhurst in July 1944 when Charlie had an accident which resulted in a compound fracture of his leg.
It was reported on Thursday the 1st of March 1945, that Charlie was making good head way follow his accident and was able to walk about again.
Charlie and Ethel sell their Lyndhurst property and moved to Drouin in Gippsland, to be closer to the friends that they had made when they lived at nearby Ellinbank.
They were still settling in at Drouin, when Charlie died suddenly at home on the 10th of January 1948, aged 54.
He is buried in the Drouin Cemetery
Following Charlie’s passing, Ethel quickly sold her home at Drouin and moved to a suburban house on the Mountain Highway in Bayswater.
** It is interesting to note that the electoral roll shows that Ethel’s sister in-law Amy, was living apart from her husband at nearby in Selby.
Ethel didn’t have any children, and all of her siblings lived in England, so it appears that she moved to Bayswater in order to be close to Amy. **
** For further details about Amy, refer to my journal titled “Andrew Vivian Cleave & Amy Margaret Turner”. **
Ethel was now living at 1 Coleman Street, Carrum.
Ethel died at Carrum in Victoria on the 26th of June 1985, aged 97.
She was buried at the Springvale Botanical Cemetery.
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