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William Charles Cullimore, Severn fisherman.

William Charles Cullimore

Don wrote (Feb 2008): " The photo is of my Great Grandfather William Charles Cullimore who was born in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales 05, 09, 1842, and died 14, 11, 1902 by drowning".
"His parents- William Cullimore was born in 1801, died January 17 1870 and Margret was born 1814 and died March 5 1876. Both died in Woolaston".

"William Charles was a large powerful, red headed, and red bearded man who earned his living by fishing for salmon, and shrimp on the river Severn".

"In 1861 at age 19 he worked on the river on barges at Lydney as a collier and 1881 was a fisherman. The 1891 Census lists him as a Water Bailiff, which is a Custom House officer who inspects ships entering and leaving port".

"A newspaper article reported on the death of Charles Cullimore" .

"A Life For a Friend November 14th.1902".

"Three fishermen in order to reach their boat in the Severn opposite Blakeney had to walk a mile along the mud. One, Walter Prosser passed in safety, but the others ,Charles Cullimore and Thomas Jordan, got into difficulties in the mud and were drowned. Prosser stated that Cullimore could have saved himself with ease, but he refused to leave Jordan".

"His drowning was opposite Oldbury not Blakeney as stated above in the newspaper report".

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