Sir WATERFALL Charles Francis

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  • Name WATERFALL Charles Francis 
    Prefix Sir 
    Born 24 Feb 1888  Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 26 Sep 1888  St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Education Between 1899 and 1906  Manchester, Greater Manchester, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Education Between 1906 and 1909  Queens College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation Between 1910 and 1948  Burma, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Land Revenue and General Administration Department. 
    Internment Between 1942 and 1945  Andaman & Nicobar Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Interned by the Japanese during the Second World War.
    Died 23 Oct 1954  Coylton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Aged 66 years
    Obituary 26 Oct 1954  [5
    The Times 
    • Sir Charles Francis Waterfall, C.S.I., C.I.E., Chief Commissioner of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from 1938 to 1942, died on Saturday at his home at Colyton, Devon. He was 66.

      The son of Mr Charles Waterfall he was born at Bridgnorth, Shropshire on February 24 1888, and was educated at Manchester Grammer School and Queen's College, Cambridge. In 1910 he entered the Indian Civil Service and went out to India in the follwing year. There he served in the Central Provinces and Berar, rising from assistant commissioner to be financial secretary, chief secretary, and in 1935, commissioner for the Chattisgarh division. He was a member of the Central Provinces Legislative Council in 1928 and again in 1930-33.

      In 1938 he went to Port Blair in the Andamans as chief commssioner for those islands and the Nicobar group. When it became clear in 1942 that the islands could not be defended against the Japanese, he was charged with the responsibility of evacuating the inhabitants but it was too late to arrange for a complete evacuation. Waterfall managed to send a number of officers and members of technical departments to safety in India, together with a small number of convicts and the families of the non-indigenous population, but at the last stayed at his post, with a few of his officers, to face internment by the Japanese. He was held in captivity until 1945, and in 1946 he was knighted for his services. Two years later he retired.

      He married in 1915 Ada, daughter of L. R. Duckworth, of Bury, Lancashire. There were a son and four daugters of the marriage.
    Probate 14 Mar 1955  Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • «b»WATERFALL«/b» sir Charles Francis, otherwise sir Francis C.S.I. C.I.E. of Brookfield House Colyton «b»Devonshire«/b» knight died 23 October 1954 Probate «b»Exeter«/b» 14 March [1955] to Jean Bovett (wife of Robert Bovett) Helen Louise Roberts (wife of John Emrys Ffoulks Roberts) Ruth Howard (wife of Henry James Slater Howard) and Charles Richard Waterfall, ship builder. Effects: £17854 3s 5d
    Reference Number C009 
    Notes 
    • (Research):C.I.E = Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire
      C.I.S = Companion of the Most Exalted Order od the Star of India
    Person ID I1175  Derbyshire Waterfalls
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2017 

    Father WATERFALL Charles,   b. 29 Nov 1844, Shepherd's Row, Newark, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1927, St Marychurch, Torquay, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother SANTLER Louisa Maria,   b. 1857, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1910, Heaton Morris, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 24 Dec 1885  St James Road, Forest Gate, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    • Charles gives his occupation as an Inland Revenue Officer.
    Family ID F347  Group Sheet

    Family DUCKWORTH Ada,   b. 9 Nov 1885, Bury RD, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1973, 1 Sunnyside, South Street, Coylton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 27 Dec 1915  St Thomas' Catherdral, Bombay, India Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Children 
     1. WATERFALL Ada Mary,   b. 18 Apr 1917, Raipur, Chhattisgrah, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 2011, Bellevue, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     2. WATERFALL Jean,   b. 30 Nov 1918, Mandla, Burma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 2009, Exeter, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     3. WATERFALL Helen Louise,   b. 25 Jan 1921, Newton Abbot, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 2015, Wiltshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     4. WATERFALL Ruth,   b. 13 Mar 1923, Bilaspur, India Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. WATERFALL C.R.
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F323  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] GRO Birth Indexes, General Register Office, ((www.freebmd.org.uk)), (www.freebmd.org.uk : accessed 15 Mar 2017), entry for Charles Francis Waterfall, volume 6a, page 601, March quarter 1888, Bridgnorth district; citing the General Register Office's England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S287] St Leonard's Church, Bridgnorth, Baptisms, St Leonard's (Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England), (DC Thompson Family History. \i Find My Past\i0 . www.findmypast.co.uk.), "Baptisms 1870-1900," Charles Francis Waterfall Baptism 26 September 1888, page 165, entry 1317; accessed 16 Mar 2017 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S15] GRO Death Indexes, General Register Office, ((www.freebmd.org.uk)), (www.freebmd.org.uk : accessed 15 Mar 2017), entry for Charles Francis Waterfall Sir, volume 7a, page 434, December quarter 1954, Honiton district; citing the General Register Office's England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S18] England & Wales National Probate Calendar, England & Wales., (GOV.UK. \i Find a Will\i0 . https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk.), Sir Charles Francis Waterfall, year 1955, page 230; (https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk : accessed 15 Mar 2017) (Reliability: 3).
      The Probate Calendar gives Sir Charles' date of death as 23 October 1954.

    5. [S286] The Times Digital Archive 1785-2011, London., (https://goo.gl/yqvzE1:), "Sir Charles Waterfall," 26 October 1954, online archives (https://goo.gl/BxpdpP : accessed 16 Mar 2017), p. 10, col. D. (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S18] England & Wales National Probate Calendar, England & Wales., (GOV.UK. \i Find a Will\i0 . https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk.), Sir Charles Francis Waterfall, year 1955, page 230; (https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk : accessed 15 Mar 2017) (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S275] GRO Marriage Index, General Register Office, ((www.freebmd.org.uk)), (www.freebmd.org.uk : accessed 15 Mar 2017), entry for Charles Waterfall, volume 4a, page 29, December quarter 1885, West Ham district; citing the General Register Office's England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S276] GRO Marriage Certificates, England and Wales. Registrar General., Marriage Certificate for Charles Waterfall and Louisa Maria Champion, married 24 December 1885; citing 4a/29/127, December quarter 1885, West Ham registration district (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S288] St Thomas' Chathedral, Bombay, Marriages, St Thomas' Chathedral (Bombay, Maharashtra, India), (Dc Thompson Family History. \i Find My Past\i0 . www.findmypast.co.uk.), "Parish register transcripts from the Presidency of Bombay, 1709-1948," Marriage of Charles Francis Waterfall and Ada Duckworth, 27 December 1915, folio 204, entry 88; accessed 16 Mar 2017 (Reliability: 3).
      Archive Reference: N-3-114