Charles Robert Kolthammer1

#1839, (1891 - 1929)
FatherFriedrich Wilhelm Kolthammer2 (1856 - 1906)
MotherMargarete Kathrina Kobold2 (1862 - 1935)
RelationshipSon of Friedrich Wilhelm Kolthammer
ChartsDietrich Burchard Kolthammer - Eight generations of Descendants
Friedrich Kolthammer & Margarete Kobold - children & grandchildren
(Karl) Charles Robert Kolthammer


Ethel Martin
  • Ronald Martin Kolthammer14 (1917 - 1994)
  • Marjorie Martin Kolthammer14
  • Grace Kolthammer15 (1921 - 1921)
  • Barbara Martin Kolthammer14
  • Peter Martin Kolthammer14 (1924 - 1993)
  • Jill Martin Kolthammer14 (1926 - 1998)
  • Dorothy Martin Kolthammer14

Life Events

BirthCharles Robert Kolthammer was born on 11 Dec 1891 in London.2,1
BaptismHe was baptized on 20 Mar 1892 in St. Georges Lutheran Church, Little Alie Street, St Mary Whitechapel parish, Middlesex. Details from the register: 3rd Sunday in Lent (Oculi), Karl Robert, born 11 Dec 1891, son of Fritz Wilhelm Kolthammer, tailor, of Celle & his wife Margaretha formerly Koboldt of Archenau, Württembert; residence No 31, Queen's Buildings, Southwark Road S.E; sponsors: Mr Friedrich Egler, Miss Babette Schmidt; pastor G. Maetzold.2 
(with Parents) 1901 CensusCharles appeared on the 1901 Census of St George The Martyr Civil Parish, Southwark, London living in three rooms with his parents and seven siblings. He was 9 years old and born in Southwark, London.3 
MilitaryHe filled out his attestation papers to join the 24th Battalion and serve for 4 years on 25 Jan 1911 in New Street, Kennington, London. Details from the papers: Charles Robert Kolthammer, born in Southwark Surrey, age 19 years 1 month, Surgical Instrument Maker for Down Bros in Kings Head Yd Boro St, residence 14 Union Square Newington Causeway SE, is an apprentice with 2 years to run, not married, never served in the military, received a Notice.
Medical Inspection: height 5'5", expanded chest 37", vision sufficient, physical development good, considered fit for the Territorial Force.4 
(with Mother) 1911 CensusHe appeared on the 1911 Census of Newington, Southwark, London with his mother Margaret. Charles was 19, worked as a Surgical Instrument Maker, and was born in Southwark, London.5
Margaret Kolthammer & children
1911 census, Southwark, London
(form completed by son Charles)
MarriageHe married Ethel Martin on 27 Jan 1915.6,4
Military Dates and places of annual training were:
Shorncliffe 6.8.11 to 20.8.11
Bourley 28.7.12 to 4.8.12
Worthing 3.8.13 to 10.8.13

On 27.1.15, he was placed on the married roll. Particulars: married Ethel Martin, spinster, at the Walworth Town Hall on 25/1/15, witnesses Bertha Dunstan and Fred Martin. Ethel's address was 5 Gt Dover St, Boro SE.

Military History Sheet (where and when served):
Home 25.1.11 to 14.3.15 ; 4 years 49 days
Expedit Force France 15.3.15 to 1.2.16 ; 324 days
Home 2.2.16 to 13.2.16 ; 12 days

Rank: Lance Corporal, reverted to Private in August 1915 at his own request

1914-15 Star
British War Medal & Victory Medal

No injuries recorded. One episode of scabies.4 
Charles & Ethel Kolthammer
AnecdoteThere is a family tale that each of the children were given Martin as their penultimate name so that they could take the surname Martin to avoid any difficulties with a German name following WW1.8,9 
MilitaryCharles Robert Kolthammer served in World War I. The medal index card is available from The National Archives for Charles R Kolthammer, Lance Corporal, of the London Regiment.
Charles Robert with his children Marjorie & Ronald
Passenger ListHe was listed on a manifest dated 7 Nov 1921 for the steamship Maas, departing Hamburg for London. Details from the list: Charles Robert Kolthammer, age 28, occupation Ingenieur, born 11 Dec 1892 [sic] in London, nationality English, residence Hamburg, destination London.12 
DeathHe died on 12 Mar 1929, the cause of death being TB. He left a wife and six children.13 
Last Edited16 Jul 2017


  1. FreeBMD. Charles Robert Kolthammer, Mar Q 1892, St Saviour RD.
  2. Microfilm of the Baptisms of St George's German Lutheran Church, Whitechapel, Middlesex, 1857-1897 (Family History Library, 1752197).
  3. 1901 Census for England & Wales, RG 13/366 folio 127.
  4. British Army WW1 Service Records. Images of documents viewed at Ancestry. Charles Robert Kolthammer files.
  5. Image of the 1911 Census for England and Wales (1911,, RG78/510A, RG14/1797 RD 23, SD 4, ED 5, SN 358.
  6. FreeBMD. Charles R Kolthammer & Ethel Martin, Mar Q 1915, Southwark RD.
  7. E-mails from Gillian & Laura Playford, England, to J Kolthammer.
  8. E-mails from Graham Kolthammer to Jennifer Kolthammer.
  9. Letters from Wynne Goss, Crawley, Sussex, to J Kolthammer, dated circa 1991.
  10. Index to World War 1 Campaign Medals, London, 1914-1920, compiled by British War Office, The National Archives, 2004.
  11. E-mails from Paul Kolthammer, England, to Jennifer Kolthammer.
  12. Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934 (images viewed at, original data: Staatsarchiv Hamburg.
  13. FreeBMD. Charles Kolthammer, age 37, Mar Q 1929, Barnet RD.
  14. Letters from Joan Haworth, Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, to J Kolthammer, dated beginning in 1989.
  15. FreeBMD. Grace Kolthammer, mother's surname Martin, Jun Q 1921, Southwark RD.