Charles Cunningham Dumville-Lees was born at Woodhill, Trefonen on the 20th March, 1894. He was the youngest son of George John Dumville Lees and Ann Dove Dumville Lees. George's father had brought Woodhill in 1852 for £22,000 having made his fortune in the cotton and wool trade in Lancashire. As the youngest son of this well off family he spent much of his early years looked after by his Nanny a Mrs Mellor from Nantmawr.
During his short life he corresponded with her and several of his letters to her are included later.
They are a fascinating insight into his life before and during his military career and document his time during the war where he served in the Royal Navy including the Battle of Jutland.
In his Christmas letter form the Morning Star in 1916 he talks about fact that his mother has had great difficulty getting good servants and labour for her new house in Devon before going on to mention his role in the Battle of Jutland where again he bemoans the lack of opportunity to play an active part in this great sea battle.
Below his Christmas letter of 1917 has the usual family update plus mention of the present he has sent to his former Nanny. Once again his Mother's new servants get a mention!