Ching family page
James Ching was a Bible Christian Minister and Dissenting Preacher who went to Jersey with his wife and some family members in the 1860s and died there in 1873. An online tree posted by a descendant suggests that while in Brighton before going to Jersey he lived in a menage a trois, with both his wealthy wife and his mistress. It is not clear whether both travelled with him to Jersey.
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Origins of surname
This name is derived either from cin old English for chin or cinu = cleft or steep valley. This indicates either someone with a prominent chin or living in a steep valley.
The first baptisms on record in Jersey are those of the 11 children of John Ching and Susan Norman, between 1824 and 1840. Three other couples were also having children during these years.
Wilfred Arthur Ching was born on 1 January 1897, the youngest son of George and Mary, who ran St Martin’s Post Office. In August 1914 he joined the Jersey Militia East Battalion, serving alongside his brothers, George and Raymond. He was called up in May 1917, and towards the end of September his unit, the 1st Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment, went into action at Ypres. He was killed during the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge and his body was never found. He is commemorated at Tyne Cot and on the St Martin war memorial.
Births and baptisms
Great War service
- Wilfred Arthur Ching (1897-1917) son of George William and Mary Ann, Private, Hampshire Regiment, died of wounds
- Gladys Ching (1895- ) (St Mt) daughter of John and Charlotte, Red Cross
- Raymond Ching (1895- ) (St Mt) son of George and Mary Ann, L-Cpl, Essex Regiment
- William Ching was a bootmaker at 31 King Street in the 1830s
- George Ching was a shoemaker at 33 King Street in the 1880s
- The Ching family had businesses on both sides of Broad Street, at Nos 13, 14, 23, 25 and 29