Charles Sr.’s last recorded stage appearance was in September 1900 at the Granville Theatre of Varieties in Walham Green. On April 29, 1901, he was admitted to St. Thomas’s Hospital, where he died on May 9. Though “an Uncle Albert from Africa” paid for the funeral, Charles was buried a pauper’s grave in Tooting Cemetery. Chaplin carried with him a distant memory of “sitting in a red plush seat” watching Charles perform. “I’m very proud of my father,” he said, “and a little disappointed. He was a fine artist but he drank too much.” For the rest of Hannah’s life, Chaplin’s said, “Mother would tell stories about him with humour and sadness.”
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