I was just re-reading the Shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk article about Captain Charles Pye VC.
Their article says that Charles was from a family of railway workers. This is incorrect as Charles’s father, Thomas, was a brick and tile maker and his brothers had varying occupations: Timothy was a coal miner, Philip was a shoemaker and Peter was a spring latch maker.
Where the assumption that Charles was from a family of railway workers may have come from the knowledge that Charles’s uncle, George Pye was a plate layer for the railways.
The following article appears on the site:
“A notification of Pye’s V.C. award was published in The Staffordshire Advertiser on 8th January 1859 :
Among the brave soldiers who recently had the V.C. conferred upon them, we find the name of Sergt. Major (now Ensign) Charles Pye of the 53rd Regiment. Ensign Pye was, we understand, educated at Stafford and his uncle is at the present time residing at Milford near this town.”
George Pye was the “uncle” residing at Milford and would have been one of the few relatives still living in the district of Stafford. George and his sister, Mary Pye, raised Charles’s younger siblings after the death of their mother. I am unable to determine if Charles spent any time with his uncle in Rickerscote during the years 1836 (when his father was gaoled) and 1840 (when Charles joined the Army). Charles was 16 years of age when his father was convicted, therefore may have remained in their home in the Midlands.
One thing that interests me about Charles Pye, is the fact that he could speak Chinese. I wonder where he picked up this skill – was it during his years in India or when he lived on the Thames, NZ, goldfields?
Please refer to earlier post on Captain Charles Pye VC.