Charles remained at Osborne until suffering the loss of an eye when struck by a shard of molten metal during the manufacture of a horse shoe. However this didn't prevent him from plying his trade and the 1891 Census locates him and Kate living at 20 Page Street, Westminster.
Today a modest studio flat with a Page Street address would attract a half-million price tag. In the 1890's it is noted that the district was somewhat divided. Several plush terraces existed but at its extremities were a number of slums that were cleared during that decade. It is difficult to ascertain the location of number 20. In addition to working as a smith Charles was organ blower at Westminster Abbey for 24 years. This role was quite literally to blow air into the organ for it to work. Whilst few details have been found concerning the organ at Westminster Abbey of the period (which was replaced in 1937), a similar arrangement at Winchester required two men to play it and seventy as blowers!
By the time of the 1911 Census the couple, now 77 and 76, had left London and were residing at 29 Park Road, Gosport. Charles was listed as a retired blacksmith and had been suffering heart trouble for some time.
Soon after he and Kate returned to the Isle of Wight, taking up residence in Alfred Street, East Cowes.
On Christmas Day 1913 he awoke and went downstairs to light the fire. A short while later Kate found him lying still by the fireplace. Dr Hoffmeister attended the house but was only able to confirm that he'd passed away.
Rest in peace Fireman Groves.