War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Rosemary Slater 2020
Village is now in Leicestershire but was in the parish of Church Gresley,
Derbyshire. Some parts were believed to be in the parish of Woodville.
Additional problems are that it is also in Ashby Woulds and the postal
address for all of the parishes in this area was Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.
It was recorded in 1897 as part of Leicestershire. The war memorial
is situated at the crossroads of Occupation Road and Occupation Lane
and Main Street and Mushroom Lane, Albert Village, DE11 8EW. It takes
the form of a square, brick, clock tower with flanking brick walls on
either side. There are white stone tablets mounted on to the base of
the tower containing the inscription and names for World War 1 and World
War 2, unfortunately the World War 2 tablet is badly weathered. The
memorial was unveiled 19 October 1919 and the attendance included Mrs.
G. Fairbrother and Mr. E. Jones.
Military Records, First & Second World War, on https://www.search.findmypast.co.uk
includes:- Regimental & Service Records; Soldiers died in the
Great War 1914-1919; Leicestershire & Rutland, Soldiers died 1914-1920;
Commonwealth War Graves Debt of Honour Register; De Ruvigny's Roll
of Honour, 1914-1919; School Records.
Commonwealth War Graves website https://www.cwcg.org.
UK Census Records for 1911, 1901 & 1891
Newspaper Notices etc. at Local Archives, Magic Attic, Sharpe's Pottery,
Records given by family members.
Percy Adams 25747 7th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment. Enlisted 22 Jan
16 at Coalville. Age 24y 243 days. Single, Sanitary Pipe Worker.
Birth place Gresley. Residence Albert Village. Next of Kin John
Adams, Attestation dated 22 Jan 1916– address 116 Occupation Rd.,
Albert Village. Sanitary Pipe Loader. Age 24y 243 days. Height 5ft
6 ¾ inches Chest 34 ½ ins. Next of kin Father – John Adams of above
address. Embarked Folkestone, 21.7.16 & Joined the 7th in the
Field the following day. Killed in Action Sunday, Sept. 24th 1916
Aged 25. War diary for that day records “The battalion remained
in bivouacs and was employed in finding working parties in preparation
for the attack on Guedecourt. The casualties were all caused by
shell fire whilst digging trenches and repairing roads Much of this
was necessarily carried out under shellfire”. Commemorated at Thiepval
Memorial, Somme, France Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A. “Son of Mr and
Mrs J. Adams of 119 Occupation Rd., Church Gresley. Burton on Trent.”
Relatives living on 27 June 1919 :-John Adams, father, & Catherine,
mother of 116, Occupation Road, Church Gresley Brothers William,
39, of Rangemore View, Castle Gresley; John, 37, at present in Egypt;
George, 35, of Burnside, Warsop, Notts; James, 31 of [as parents]
Sisters Mrs Mary Smith, 41, 147 Oxford St, Church Gresley; Mrs Lester,
33, 118 Occ. Rd; Ada 25, Dovecliff, Burton on Trent; Daisy 21 at
home. Family in 1901 at Occupation Lane, Albert Village:-John Adams,
45, Pipe Yard Labourer, born at Swadlincote ; Catherine, wife, 42,
born at Farnley, Yorks; Mary A Potter, 23, born at Gresley; William
, Sagger Maker, 21, born at Occupation Lane ; John 18,Tileman, born
at Occ. Ln ; George 16, Bricklayers Labourer, born at Occ Ln. James
13, Pipe Machine Labourer; Percy Adams, son, 9, Born at Occ. Ln.;
Ada 7; Daisy 2. both born at Occ. Ln.
further information found Oct. 2018. Should the name on the memorial
be James W.?
James William Bailey 50394 1/7th Lancashire Fusiliers Regiment formerly
37720 Leicestershire Regiment. Enlisted at Coalville. Birth place
Overseal, Derbys. Residence Burton on Trent. Killed in Action Friday
5th April 1918 Commemorated at Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Bay 5. He was the son of Mr & Mrs H Bailey of 3 Main St. Albert
Village. Before he enlisted he was employed by Messrs. Sutton &
Co. and was 19 years of age. His brother H[arry] of the 2nd Leinster
Regt. has been wounded in the right arm & shoulder & suffered
trench feet & effects of gas. [Burton Observer 4/5/18] &
Burton Chronicle. 18/07/18 Family in 1901 at Spring Cottage, Donisthorpe,
Ashby Woulds.:-Henry Bailey, General Labourer, born 1862 at Oabaston,
Leics; Lois, wife, b 1866 at Donisthorpe; Harry, 13, Sanitary Pipe
Works, born at Ashby; Effie 8. b. Overseal; Frances 6; & James
W. Bailey, son, 2, both born at Donisthorpe. By 1911 the family
had moved to 168 Occupation Rd. Church Gresley. There were 4 younger
siblings; Jessie, 16, a Pot maker, William, b 1899, Edgar, 1901
& Emma, 1906, James was not at home [not on memorial]
Job Bailey 118111 1/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts &
Derby Regiment). Enlisted at Gresley. Birth place Tunstall, Staffs.
Residence Church Gresley. Age 21. Killed in action 17 Oct 1918.
Buried at Fresnoy le Grand Communal Cemetery, Aisne, France. A 24.
“ Son of Priscilla Tudor [formerly Bailey] & Richard Tudor [stepfather],
of 65 Main St, Albert Village, Church Gresley, Burton on Trent”.
In March1901 the family home was at 71 Albion St., Burslem, Staffs:-Richard
Tudor, Potters Placer, born 1875 at Burslem; Priscilla, wife, Potters
Sponger Assistant born 1876 at Burslem; Joby Ball Bailey, stepson,
3, born 1898 at Chell, Staffs. 1911 at 25 Wellington St, Burslem
Joby, 14, born at Tunstall and there was a brother Joseph William
Tudor born 1901 at Burslem. Not on memorial.
Corporal John Henry Baker 201050 Sherwood Foresters Regiment. Embarked
Southampton for Rouen on 3 March 1916 and joined unit in the field
on the 19th. Treated for Scabies 13 May and rejoined unit in the
field on the 25th. On 4th Sept 16 he was to be paid L/Cpl. He was
Killed in Action Thursday, March 8th 1917. Aged 30. Commemorated
at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Pier and Face 10C 10D and 11A
“Son of Mr & Mrs H. Baker of 4 Edward St., Albert Village. Church
Gresley, Burton on Trent” . Family in 1911 at 5 Albert St, Albert
village Henry Baker 49, Labourer; Isabelle, wife, 51, born at Whittlesea,
Norfolk, John Henry Baker, 23, Coal miner Roadman below ground,
born 1888 at Albert Village; Jim, 20, Coal miner Filler below ground;
Joe 18, Pipe carrying; Jack 13, Brick Carrying; Mary Dorothy Ranshall
Baker, 11, School.
Frederick Brown 66229 2nd Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Enlisted at Leicester.Birth place Woodville. Killed in Action Monday
4th Nov 1918 Aged 32. Buried at Landrecies British Cemetery, Nord,
France. B. 61 “Son of Mrs Brown; husband of Lily Brown of 26 Main
St., Albert Village, Church Gresley, Burton on Trent.”. 1911 Census
at 172 Oxford St., Church Gresley:-Fred Brown, 23, Pipe Labourer,
born at Woodville; Lily, wife, 20, a Tile Maker, born at Wilnecote,
Warwickshire. Family in 1901 at Blacksmiths Row, High St, Woodville:-William
Brown, Brewers Labourer, 41 born at ?Sundon, Bedfordshire, Selina,
39, born at Ashby; William Shaw Brown, Sanitary Placer at Pipe works,
21, born at Ashby; James 17 Carter at San. Pipe Works, born at Annswell
; John 15, Labourer at San. Pipe Works, born at Woodville; Frederick
Brown, son, labourer at Pipe works 13, born 1888 at Woodville; Lottie
11; Frances 9; Harry 7; Katie 5, Charles 2 – all born at Woodville
Corporal Samuel George Coates 140599 8th Bn. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
formerly 90996 Notts & Derby Regiment. Enlisted Derby. Born
Albert Village, Leics. Residence Swadlincote. Killed in Action Wednesday
24th April 1918. Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.
Panel 90-93. Aged 28. “Son of Mrs Sarah Ann Measures (formerly Coates)
of 9 Highfield Rd, Swadlincote.” Family at this address in 1911:_Thomas
Barnacle Measure, 56, Sanitary Pipe Packer; Sarah Ann, wife, 50
born at Moira; Charles Thomas Coates 25, Sanitary Pipe Maker, born
at Ashby Woulds; Samuel George Coates, son, single, 21, Sanitary
Pipe Maker, born at Ashby Woulds; Adah Coates, 19, Tailoress, born
at Gresley. Also on Church Gresley memorial
Edward Cooper 41558 18th Battalion (4th Glasgow) Highland Light
Infantry. Formerly 26672, Leics. Regiment. Enlisted at Coalville,
Leics, Birth place Ashby Woulds. Residence Burton on Trent. Died
of wounds received in action 3rd September 1917. Buried at St.Sever
Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France. P. III. C. 4B. Family in 1911
at 6 Edward St., Albert Village:-Matilda Cooper, 68, widow born
at Ticknall; Letitia BAXTER, sister, 74, Ticknall; John Cooper,
son, Coal Miner Hewer, 39, Ticknall; William, Pipe Maker at San.
Pipe Works, 32 Albert Village; Edward Cooper, son, Clay Getter below
ground, 30, born at Albert Village.
further information found April 2018. 1901 at 145 Albert Village:-
Charles Harper, 42, Clay Getter, born at Barrow, Derbys.; Mary A.
, wife, 42, born at Swadlincote; possibly John H Harper, son, Pipe
Works Labourer, 20, born at Swadlincote; Charles W. 18, Glaze ?Mill,
Labourer, born at Albert Village as were the rest of the family:-
Burnett G., 15, Brick Yard Labourer; Alice,12; Elizabeth,10; Joseph,
8; Frank 5; Constance, 3; & Gertrude 1.
Harold Langford 85600 “B” Bty. 54Th Bde. Royal Field Artillery.
Enlisted at Mansfield, Notts. Birth place Church Gresley, Leics.
Died of Pneumonia Friday Sept. 27th 1918. Aged 25. Buried at Salonika
(Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave1536 “son of William
& Sarah Langford of 48, Oxford St., East Kirby, Notts. Native
of Albert Village, Burton on Trent. Family in 1901 at Albert Village
William Langford, Miner Coal Blower, 37, born 1864 at Staffs, Sarah,
wife, 36, born at Yorks; William 15, Potter Bowl Maker & Eliza
14 –- both born at Linton, Derbys.; John T. 12 born at Swadlincote;
George H. 10; Harold Langford, son, 8, born 1893 at Albert Village,
Leics, Ethel 7; Lucy 4; Bernard 0, all born at Albert Village, Leics.
John Nicholls 100926 15th Bn. Durham Light Infantry. Enlisted at
Gresley. Birth place Albert Village, Derbys. Residence Swadlincote.
Military Records - Medical History, 17 March 1916, records Age 24y.
2m. Height 5ft 5 ½ inches. Weight 111lbs. Chest 35inches. Hair Dark
Brown. Eyes Brown. Complexion Sallow. Vision & Physical development
Good. He was a Miner and a Primitive Methodist. His wife, Mrs E.
A. L. Nicholls, of 13 Highfield Rd. Swadlincote was awarded Separation
allowance of 22/- to be paid until 18 May 1919. He went absent without
leave for 24 hrs on 28/09/18 and was punished with loss of 7 days’
pay and 7 days confined to barracks. Proceeded overseas to France
12 Oct. 1918 and was in the field on the 17th. Killed in action
23rd Oct. 1918 in France & Flanders. Aged 27. Buried in Ovillers
New Communal Cemetery, Solesmes, France. A 34. “Son of Matthew Nicholls
of Albert Village, Derbys. Husband of Edith A. L. Nicholls of Norton
View, Sharrow Lane, Sheffield.” Widow was awarded a pension of 30
shillings and 5 pence per week for herself and one child, with effect
from 19th May 1919. Relatives living on 8th Oct 1919 were Wife Edith
Ada Lilian Nicholls of 16 Broom Close, Sheffield; Daughter Gladys
Lilian Nicholls born 12 May 1917; Father, Matthew Nicholls of 21
Main St, Albert Village; Sisters Lilian Nicholls, 21, at family
home; Dora Fletcher 24, of Station St., Castle Gresley. Family in
1901 at Albert Village - Matthew Nicholls, 39, Miner Coal Getter
born 1862 at Spring Cottage, Leics.; Ann, wife, 31 born 1870 at
Albert Village, Leics; John Nicholls, son, 9 born 1892 at Albert
Village, Leics.; Dora 7. Also on Church Gresley memorial.
William Orgill 24625 7th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment. Enlisted at
Coalville. Birth place Newhall, Derbys. Residence Peters St., Albert
Village, Leics. Killed in Action Friday July 14th 1916 near Mametz
Wood. Aged 27. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Pier and Face 2C and 3A “Son of Samuel & Eleanor Orgill of 22
Peters St., Albert Village. Church Gresley, Burton on Trent.” 1911
at above address:-Samuel Orgill, Colliery Banksman, 60, born at
Newhall & Selina, wife, 62, born at Measham; William Orgill,
son, Coal Miner hewer, 21, born at Newhall; Fanny Smith, daughter,
22, Domestic Servant, born at New Romney, Kent. Not on Albert Village
or Newhall memorials
Charles W Orme 40761 Leicestershire Regiment. Enlisted at Coalville.
Birth place and Residence Albert Village. Killed in Action on the
front line 27th April 1917. Buried at St Patrick's Cemetery, Loos,
Pas de Calais, France. I. D. 20. Family in 1911 at 66 Main St, Albert
Village:-Charles Orme, 41, Clay Miner below ground, born at Albert
Village ; Susan, wife, 42, born at Bedworth, Warwicks.; Charles
Orme, son, Labourer 16, born at Albert Village; Harold 14; Bertha
6, Wilfred 5, & Mabel ORME, servant with Sherratt family, 13
born at Albert Village
Harold Sankey 25074 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. Enlisted
at Coalville. Birth place & Residence Albert Village.Died of
wounds 1st June 1918 Aged ---. Buried at Rethel French National
Cemetery, Ardennes, France. Grave Ref. 1716. Family in 1911 at 3
Main St., Albert Village all children born there:-Matthew Sankey,
63, Sanitary Pipe Maker, born at Pool Village; Mary, wife, 50, born
at Moira; Walter 31, Sanitary Pipe Maker,; Albert 25, Sanitary Pipe
Carrier, Earthenware Warehouse worker; Mary 29; Joseph 21, Sanitary
Pipe Maker,; Harold Sankey, son, 18, Sanitary Machine Feeder ; Willoughby
16, Sanitary Machine Feeder ; Ernest 12, School; Doris granddaughter
Sydney Everard Sherratt 4276 1st/5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters Regiment..
Enlisted at Derby. Birth place –. Residence Church Gresley, Derbyshire.
On attestation form, dated 7th April 1915, the address is Albert
Village, Church Gresley. On his Medical Inspection report he is
19y 3months, Height 5ft 6ins. Chest 36-39 ins. Vision – Good. Physical
development - Fit. He embarked Southampton for Rouen on 12th Oct
15 and joined unit in the field on the 18th. Killed in Action Sat.
July 1st 1916 Aged 18. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial Somme,
France. Pier & Face 10C 10D and 11A “Son of John & Hettie
Sherratt of 4, Occupation Rd., Church Gresley, Burton on Trent”.Family
in 1911 at Albert Village:-Joseph Topliss, widower, 74, Publican,
born at Ticknall ; John Sherrat, Son in Law, Presser Sanitary Pipe
works, 35, born at Woodville; Hettie Sherratt, daughter, 35, Born
at Mushroom Lane; S E Sherratt, grandson, 13, Errand Boy Boot &
shoe shop, born [at 149 Mushroom Lane] Albert Village; Percy, grandson,
11, School; Eliza 7, School; Annie 3; Mabel ORME, servant, 13 born
at Albert Village
Charles Siddons 37911 15th Bn, Sherwood Foresters Regt. Enlisted
at Coalville. Birth place Woodville. Residence Church Gresley. Killed
in Action in France Wed. Aug 23rd 1916. Aged 25. Buried at Ville-Sur-Ancre
Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. E. 6. “Son of Charles
& Mary Louisa Siddons of 14 Main St., Albert Village, Church
Gresley, Burton on Trent.”Family in 1901 at Albert Village:-Charles
Siddons, Domestic Gardener, 41 born at Osgathorp, Leics.; Mary L.,
Wife, 35 born at Linton, Derbys; Nellie 13, born at Swadlincote;
Charles Siddons, son, 10, born 1891 at Swadlincote; Bella 8; Hilda
3; Mary L. 1, born at Albert Village;
Serjeant George William Withnall 15241 8th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.
Enlisted at Ashby de la Zouch. Birth place & Residence Albert
Village. Killed in Action Thurs May 3rd 1917 * Aged 21. Commemorated
at Arras memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Bay 5 “Son of Joseph &
Annie Withnall, of 23 Main St, Albert Village. Church Gresley, Burton
on Trent.” *War diary for that day records. BOYELLES. The attack
on the village of Fontaine-les-Croiselles was made on this day.
Casualties were Killed 19, wounded 101, missing 168, died of wounds
3. Total 11 officers & 291 other ranks. Family in 1911 at 23
Main St, Arms, Albert Village Joseph Withnall, 39; Coal Hewer Underground,
Annie, wife, 33, born at Overseal; George W, son, Pipe Works Labourer,
14, born at Albert Village; Ethel 10; Charles 7; Elizabeth 4 - all
born at Albert Village
FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN TO
LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS
Officer James [Jim] Clipsom D/JX179362 H.M. President III Royal
Navy. Died Sunday 28th March 1943 Aged 24. Commemorated at Plymouth
Naval Memorial, Devon, U.K. Panel 78.Column 2. Son of Harold James
& Eva Clipsom of Woodville, Derbyshire
faded on memorial] Lance Corporal Jack Ebberley 6984553 53rd Regt.
Reconnaissance Corps, R.A. C. Died Tuesday August 15th 1944 Aged
27. Buried at Banneville-La-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France.
IV. D. 6. Son of Joseph & Harriet Ebberley, husband of Edith
Mary Ebberley, of Albert village, Church Gresley, Staffordshire.
“Sleep on beloved, take thy rest. We miss you most who loved you
best.” Also on Newhall memorial.
further information found.
[only possibility on cwgc] Fireman William Harvey 130146 H.M.S.
Transylvania Naval Auxiliary Personell (Merchant Navy). Died 10th
Aug. 1940. Aged 32. Liverpool Naval Memorial, U.K. Panel 22 Column
Aircraftman 1477086 Royal Air Force Voluntary Reserve. Died Friday
9th March 1945 Aged 22. Buried at Church Gresley Cemetery. Sec.
4. Cons. Grave 1569. Son of Charles Henry and Harriet Gertrude Johnson
of Albert Village, Burton on Trent.
14510515 1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Edith
Hannah North; foster son of Mrs E Newbold of Overseal Derbyshire.
[not on Overseal Memorial] Died July 27th 1944. Aged 20. Buried
at Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados, France. 1. D. 14
further information found. Possibly the same man as above
one is on Swadlincote. Memorial. Corporal 4971914 2nd Bn, Sherwood
Foresters Regiment. Son of James and Annie Pratt; husband of Marjorie
Pratt of Midway, Derbyshire. Died Monday, April 17th 1944Buried
at Beach head War Cemetery, Anzio, Italy. XII. F. 1.
one on cwgc is Private 10602345 1st Bn. South Lancashire Regiment.
Died Tues. 18th July 1944. Aged 22. Buried at Ranville War Cemetery,
Calvados, France. IV. A. 4.
943052 74 Medium Regt. Royal Artillery. Died Wed. 15th March 1944
Aged 25. Buried at Cassino War Cemetery, Italy. II. E. 11. Son of
Frederick and Jane Marion West of Church Gresley, Derbyshire; husband
of Elizabeth Emma West of Church Gresley. [not on Church Gresley
further information found
14405416 5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters Regt. Died Wed.13th Oct, 1943.
Buried at Minturo War Cemetery, Italy. VIII. D. 24. “Son of Eric
John & Elizabeth Ann Wilkins of Church Gresley, Derbyshire”.
[not on Church Gresley memorial]
7961412 6th (Airborne) Armd. Regt. Reconnaisance Corps, R.A.C. Died
Tues. 6th June 1944. Aged 21. Buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Calvados,
France. Coll. Grave VIA. C. 1-25 “son of Albert Harry & Mary
Ann Wilson of Church Gresley, Derbyshire”. [not on Church Gresley
FELL IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR
1939 - 1945
GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN TO
LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.
30 September, 2020