Charles James Waterhouse
Indian Mutiny Medal 1857-1858, 1 Clasp: Lucknow, Revd. C J Waterhouse. Asst. Chaplain
Born in 1826 St Pancras, London the son of Charles and Elizabeth. His entry in the 1841 census shows
him as living with his mother and working as a law apprentice. In the 1851 census he is shown as a clerk
and at the time he is visiting his future in-laws.

He married 21 year old Elizabeth Anne Stone on April 23 1851 in Leicestershire. His wife died young
and as a young widower, he married Frances A. (Fanny) Furnivall on October 20, 1857 at St Andrew's
Holborn.


Charles James Waterhouse was educated at Saint John's College, Cambridge, and gain his B.A. in
1850, and an M.A. in 1854, he had previously been elected to Deacon in 1850 and had gained the
Priesthood in 1851, being ordained by the Bishop of Rochester. Waterhouse travelled out to India
where he served as Assistant Chaplain at Lucknow from 1858 through to 1862, and was present
with the field force at Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny.


Waterhouse was then posted to Borneo being present at Subathoo from 1862 to 1863, and then to
Singapore as the Chaplain to the Singapore Residency at Saint Andrew's Cathedral from 1863 to
1869, before returning to India having been appointed to Senior Chaplain to the Calcutta
Ecclesiastical Establishment serving temporarily in the Lahore Diocese. Posted to Simla from 1869 to
1871, and then on furlough in England from 1871 to 1872, after which he returned to India becoming
Chaplain at Mhow from 1872 to 1875, and at Delhi Camp from 1875 to 1876, followed by Jullunder
from 1876 to 1879, and Delhi from 1880 to 1881, after which he returned to England becoming
Chaplain at Egham in Surrey and was still in this position at the time of the Crockford's Clerical
Directory of 1885. Prior to his death, he served as domestic chaplain to Lady William Godolphin
Osborne Elphinstone at Tulliallan.
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Right: St Andrew's Holborn- rebuilt by Wren 1686-87 (photo by R. Sones)

Below: St Andrew's Singapore. The foundation was laid in 1856
Waterhouse died in Edinburgh on Jan 19 1890. The cause of death
appears to have been related to chronic complaints picked up in the
tropics. His estate was valued at approx. £800. One of his assets was a
plot within the city's metropolitan cemetery association. I am not yet
familiar with the details of his final resting place.

Charles and Fanny had seven children. One of whom was the well
known surgeon Sir Herbert Furnivall Waterhouse. His son's Victory
medal appeared at DNW in Dec 2012 (Sir H. F. Waterhouse, B.R.C.
& St. J.J.)

Fanny's father was a Surgeon whose patient's included Shelley and
his wife. It appears that Sir Herbert followed in his grandfather's
footsteps.

Another interesting family connection is that Fanny's brother James
(1825-1910) was one of the the 'fathers' of the Oxford English
Dictionary

Provenance Spink Nov. 2012