RANSOME AND MARLE
War 1 - Detailed Information
Compiled and Copyright © Martin Edwards 2021
and Marles Employees War memorial is to be found on the exterior
wall of the former works now NSK - RHP WORKS. Northern Road, Newark-on-Trent.
It takes the form of a domed bronze plaque with a relief of crossed
flags above the text. There are 39 names listed for World War 1 only.
The memorial may have been moved to a position outside the main entrance
of the company's offices from a works canteen the site of which is now
owned by another company. The names are listed by rank within regiment
by initial. The company's full title was Ransome & Marles Bearing
Ransome & Marles Bearing Company Limited was the owner of a business
making ball and roller bearings founded during the First World War to
make bearings for aircraft and other engines. Before the war most bearings
had been imported and most of those were from Germany. The business
is now part of NSK UK Limited but Ransome & Marles former plant,
Stanley Works, remains in operation in Northern Road, Newark NG24 2JF,
Researching the names for a company with no reference point is very
difficult and some details may be incorrect. The photographs of the
men are taken mainly from the Newark Herald and are not necessarily
of the best quality.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 2 March 1918, page 2:
& Marles Bearing
desire to get into communication
with Householders who
may be able to
with or without board, suitable
Munition Workers, Girls,
Labourers. and Staff
who are engaged upon urgent
war work which is of vital
importance to the
Copyright © Barbara Kramer 2021
TABLET IS ERECTED IN MEMORY OF
THE UNDERMENTIONED EMPLOYEES
OF THESE WORKS WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN ITS STRUGGLE FOR
HONOUR, JUSTICE AND LIBERTY
IN THE GREAT WORLD WAR 1914 - 1919
G/72373, 7th Battalion, Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) formerly
105769, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment).
Killed in action 23 August 1918. Born Lincoln, Lincolnshire, resident
and enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Willit and Emma Ball,
of 15, Vernon St., Newark. Buried in BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY,
BECORDEL-BECOURT, Somme, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 6.
as Sherwood Rangers on memorial and BROCTON on SDGW] Private T/206932,
7th Battalion, The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment). formerly
46947, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment).
Killed in action 10 August 1917. Aged 19. Born and resident Farndon,
Nottinghamshire, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of George
and Lucy Brockton, of Farndon, Newark. No known grave. Commemorated
on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
11 - 13 and 14.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 13 October 1917, page 5:
PTE. G. BROCKTON, REPORTED
Geo. Brockton, 20 years of age, of the Quern's Royal West Surreys,
is reported as missing on August 10th, after the attack on Inverness
Copse. The younger son of Mr. and Mrs. George Brockton, Farndon,
he, upon leaving the Newark Magnus School became apprenticed to
Messrs. Ransomes, and joined up in May, 1915, going to France
in June, 1917. It is hoped that better news will soon be received
and his parents relieved from their present anxiety.
2146, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 15 October 1915. Born and
enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. No known grave. Commemorated
on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 87 to 89.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 23 December 1916, page
F. BRYAN, NEWARK
S. A. Bryan, of 94, Beacon-hill, recently received the sad news
that her younger son, Pte. F. Bryan, of the Notts. and Derbys,
and missing and believed to be killed. He was employed by Messrs.
Caferata, but enlisted a fortnight after declaration of hostilities.
On October 15th, he was reported wounded and and now is believed
dead. His 23rd birthday was celebrated in the trenches last August.
Leave was granted to him in September, 1915, and he had only been
returned to France about a fortnight before he was found to be
missing. Deceased is the youngest of five, his brother Ernest
being now at the front. Pte. Bryan was locally well-known as a
prominent footballer, playing at one time as outside left to the
Castle Rovers, of which his brother Jack was some time captain.
Two gold and one silver medals were won by him as a footballer.
In the season 1912-13 he helped Wakes and Lamb's to win the championship
of Newark and District League and the Notts Junior Cup. Much sympathy
is extended to the parents in their sad loss.
2363, 1st/8th Battalion, S Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire
and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 13 April 1915. Aged
21. Born Westborough, Lincolnshire, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Only son of William Richard and Hannah Copley, of Westborough,
Lincs. Enlisted September 1914. Former scholar at the Wesleyan
School. Buried in KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Row E. Grave 58.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 24 April 1915, page 8.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 24 April 1915, page 7:
TERRITORIAL KILLED IN
FORMER C.L.B. STAFF-SERGEANT.
first casualty among the Newark territorials at the front—the
First 8th Sherwood Foresters—whose headquarters are at the
Newark Drill Hall, has taken place in the death of Private William
Copley, son of Mrs. Copley, of 39, William-street, who enlisted
on the outbreak of war. Deceased was formally in the Church Lads’
Brigade, and obtained his five years’ service medal. He
also belonged to the Scouts, was a member of the Churchman’s
Club, and took a keen interest in many other Church organisations.
Young Copley who at the outbreak of war had just finished his
apprenticeship at Messrs. Ransome and Co’s, as a turner,
had endeavoured four times to join the army, his preferences being
the Royal Engineers, but he as rejected on every occasion owing
to defective teeth, and then accepted in the local Territorials.
He was highly popular with the C.L.B. in Newark, in which he was
Staff Sergeant and Bandmaster, and those who knew him speak highly
of his character. At the funeral of the deceased soldier among
those present were Col. Walker, who has had a lot to do with the
C.L.B., Major R. F. B. Hodgkinson, and Lieut. Davenport, who is
also a Captain in the C.L.B.
The following sympathetic letters from Newark officers have been
received by Mrs. Copley, William-street:-
Surgeon-Captain H. Stallard, of Newark wrote as follows to Mrs.
I am writing a few lines to say how much I sympathise with you
in the loss of your son, who was so good a soldier and a credit
to the battalion to which he belonged. It may be a little consolation
to you to know that he did not suffer any pain, as he was instantly
killed, and that his body was brought from the trenches by my
bearers, and he was buried in the military cemetery, where a pretty
cross marked the spot.
The Chaplain (Rev. J. P. Hales) wrote:-
I must send a line of sympathy to your great sorrow. I am the
chaplain of the Sherwood Foresters Brigade. We laid your dear
lad to rest last night, by the side of many brave comrades who
have laid down their lives for their country and the cause of
righteousness, and for which we are fighting. It is a peaceful
spot just outside the village. These funerals are so impressive,
It is dark except for the flares which are sent up all along the
fighting lines. You hear the guns and rifles all the time, but
nothing can disturb the message of peace and eternal hope. Life
has conquered death, and these dear men are entered late the fullest
of life and nearer Presence of God. “Greater love has no
man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
But you, I know, are feeling the terrible loss and blank; yet
you share in the victory, for you have given of your best, and
God will comfort and strengthen you. You will always know that
you had a son who did not fail to do his duty when the call came.
We sang the last verse of “Son of my Soul” before
we came away. What a message it was! God bless and comfort you.
Major J. P. Beecher, of Southwell, and partner if the firm of
Messrs. Larken and Co., solicitors Newark, wrote as follows:
You will have heard from Dr. Stallard the sad news of your son
having been killed in the trenches, which I got back from at 5
a.m. this morning. Your son has been with my company all the time
he has been with his regiment, and I am writing to sympathise
with you in your great loss. Nothing I can say can in any way
alleviate your loss, but I can only tell you his death was practically
instantaneous, and he did not suffer at all. He died the death
of a soldier, doing his duty, as he always did. He is buried in
a proper cemetery for English soldiers at a place called Kismet,
in Belgium, and later on we can no doubt arrange if you would
like to have bulbs planted on his grave.
Lieut. C. Davenport, who before the war was a master of the Magnus
Grammar School, Newark, wrote:
By the time you receive this letter I expect you will have heard
from the War Office that your son, W. R. Copley, has been killed
in action. He was shot in the head, and, I believe, died at once
and without any pain. Dr. Stallard saw him, and you will received
his personal belongings very shortly. He was buried last night
in a soldiers’ cemetery, just behind the firing line. You
will be sent full particulars later and the exact position of
his grave is marked and a small cross has been placed over it.
Perhaps you may wonder why I should write to you, as I am quite
a stranger, but I used to have a lot to do with your son in the
C.L.B. at Newark, and I want to express my sincere sympathy with
you in the loss you have sustained, Nothing can take a son’s
place, I know, but I hope you will have some comfort from the
thought that your son died for his King and country.—He
did his duty, and did it nobly, and nothing can be more noble
than the true soldier’s death.
as Lancashire Regiment on memorial] Private 37059, 2nd Battalion,
Lancashire Fusiliers formerly 44788, North Staffordshire Regiment.
Killed in action 12 October 1916. Aged 34. Born Fiskerton, Nottinghamshire,
resident Newark, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Derby. Son of Edward
and Sarah Crowder, of 45, Sleaford Rd., Newark, Notts. No known
grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier
and Face 3 C and 3 D.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 1 September 1917, page
GEO. CROWDER. NEWARK
and Mrs. Ed Crowder, of 45, Sleaford-road, Newark. have received
an intimation from the War Office that their second son, Pte.
Geo. Crowder, of the Lancashire Fusiliers, who has been missing
since October 12th, is now presumed to have been killed in action.
Pte. Crowder, who was 34 years age, was a native Fiskerton. For
some years previous to being called up he worked at Messrs. Ransomes'
in the ball-bearing department, and joined the Army on May 1st,
posted to the North Staffords. He went out to France on 28th August,
and was transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers just a fortnight
before he was posted missing on October 28th, being in the Army
barely six months. He was very much respected by all who knew
him, and the greatest sympathy is extended to his sorrowing parents.
305831, "B" Company, 2nd/7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters
(Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 26 September
1917. Aged 22. Born Balderton, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Newark,
Nottinghamshire. Son of Matthew and Kate Davison, of 10, Sherwood
Avenue, Newark, Notts. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT
MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 99 to 102.
Corporal 24101, 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers formerly 18550,
Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment).
Killed in action 6 September 1915 at Gallipoli. Aged 21. Born
Bournemouth, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Emily Durham,
of "Bowood," 3, Wellington Rd., Bournemouth, and the
late James Durham. Buried in AZMAK CEMETERY, SUVLA, Turkey (including
Gallipoli). Plot I. Row B. Grave 16.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 25 September 1915, page
KILLED IN ACTION.
LANCE-CORPL. H. LESLIE DURHAM
On Wednesday the sad intelligence was received that Lancel-Corpl.
H. Leslie Durham had been killed in action. He was only 21 years
of age, the seventh son of Mr. James Durham, of Bournemouth, and
younger brother of Mr. H. W. Durham, of Messrs. Ransome and Co.,
where he was employed up to the time he enlisted, having been
apprenticed to the engineering, and had so far progressed as to
have entered the drawing office. Last November he joined the 3rd
Sherwood Foresters, Notts. And Derby Regiment(Kitchener’s
Army), and was drafted to Plymouth straight away, from whence
he went to Sunderland, and was, subsequently, transferred to the
Lancashire Fusiliers, 29th Division, which was disappointing,
for it to0ok him away from friends, to serve with strangers. Immediately
following transference, he was sent to the Dardanelles, and on
August 30th he wrote to his brother, in the course of which he
stated, "We are living in trenches and dug-outs of a sort,
and, though we have not been in action, a lot of shells have burst
over us, only doing occasional damage.
Lance-Corpl. Durham was one of the first members of the Newark
Legion of Volunteers, from which he joined the regular Army, and
is the first of their number to lay down his life for King and
Country, as he is also in connection with Messrs. Ransome and
Co.'s drawing office. He was exceedingly popular, and death is
deeply deplored by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.
Young Durham was a well-known member of the Newark Rowing Club
and won renown as a keen oarsman. He was the holder of the Trent
Challenge Cup, having won it in 1914, repeating his performance
of the previous year, He was number two in the winning crew of
the “maidens” form the Berry Cup at Nottingham Regatta
on July 25th last year.
2275, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Died on service 28 March 1916. Aged 26. Born
and resident Chesterfield, Derbyshire, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Son of Alfred and Anne Ellis, of 8, Lower Grove Rd., Chesterfield,
Derbyshire. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime,
France. Division 19. Row V. Grave 4.
267418, 15th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 4 April 1918. Aged 34. Enlisted
Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Foster, of Newark;
husband of Mrs. B. Foster, of 1, Norfolk Buildings, Parker St.,
Newark. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime,
France. Section P. Plot VII. Row N. Grave 6A.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 13 April 1918, page 6:
WALTER FOSTER, NEWARK.
Newark victim of the German onslaught is Pte. Walter Foster, the
only son of Mrs. Foster, of george-street, and husband of Mrs.
Foster, of 1, Norfolk-buildings, Parker-street. Pte. Walter Foster,
who was 34 years of age, was in the regulars before the war, having
served his time in the Royal Garrison Artillery and had completed
his period on Reserve two months before the declaration of hostilities.
He was working as a machine moulder at the time, at Messrs. Ransomes,
but joined the National Reserve a couple of weeks after that fatefull
day in August, 1914, doing duty on the Tubular Bridge and other
places. Later he joined the Notts. and Derbys and went out to
France in June last. He was home on leave as recently February
14th this year. He was wounded in the abdomen on March 28th and
admitted to a depot hospital at Rouen, and on Sunday morning his
wife received a wire from Lichfield, informing her that he had
died on April 4th. As a boy the fallen soldier was a member of
St. Leonard's choir and was educated at Lovers'-lane School. Much
sympathy is extended to his young widow and little girl, seven
years of age.
41451, 1st/5th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry formerly
337934, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 17 June 1918. Aged 19.
Born and resident Newark, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Derby. Son
of William Ward Gardner and Minnie Gardner, of The Wheat Sheaf
Inn, Slaughter House Lane, Newark, Notts. Buried in ST. VENANT-ROBECQ
ROAD BRITISH CEMETERY, ROBECQ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III.
Row B. Grave 6.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 29 June 1918, page 5:
by a German shell, on the 17th inst., Pte. Harry Gardener, Duke
of Cornwall's Light Infantry, second son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Gardner,
Wheat Sheaf, aged 19 years.
called him, he was there,
T o do his bit and take his share,
His heart was good, his spirit brave,
His resting place a soldier's grave.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 14 September 1918, page 5:
MEMORIAM PRESENTATION.—A greatly enlarged photograph
(in a neat oak frame) of Pte. Harry Gardner, Duke of Cornwall's
Light Infantry, has been presented to his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W. Gardner, of the Wheat Sheaf, by the members of the Newark No.
22 Branch United Machine Workers' Association. There is a brass
plate upon it, bearing the following inscription:— "A
token of respect and sympathy, from the members of Newark No. 22
Branch United Machine Workers' Association." It will be, remembered
that Pte. Gardner fell in action on June 17th. Mr. and Mrs. Gardner
and family desire to thank the donors for their kindness and generosity.
Corporal 3194, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire
and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 27 June 1916. Aged
20. Born Bedford, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Joshua
and Mary Alma Grant, of 14, Charles St., Newark, Notts. Buried
in FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot
I. Row F. Grave 22.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 8 July 1916, page 2:
and Mrs. Jos. Grant and family, Charles-street., desire to thank
their many friends for the messages received by them in their
recent sad bereavement.
Albert Edward John
305824, 2nd/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire
and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 7 June 1917. Aged 19.
Enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of the late Albert Graveney
and of Harriet Graveney, of Newton St., Newark-on-Trent. Buried
in METZ-EN-COUTURE COMMUNAL CEMETERY BRITISH EXTENSION, Pas de
Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 4.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 7 July 1917, page 6:
A. GRAVENEY. NEWARK
sad official news from the War was received on Saturday by Mrs.
Graveney, who resides at 15, Newton-street, that her son, Sergeant
A. Graveney, of the Sherwood Foresters, was killed in action on
June 7th. As a boy he attended the Barnby-road Council School.
He was also a Patrol Leader of the 2nd Newark Scouts. Sergt. Graveney,
who was only 19 years of age, prior to enlistment in October,
1914, was employed by Messrs. Ransome and Co., Ltd., as a pattern
maker. He went through the Irish Rebellion, where he was wounded,
and went to France in February, 1917.
Graveney first received a letter from the Chaplain, stating that
he was missing, but the following letter has now been received,
saying that the body has been found: —"Dear Mrs. Graveney,—I
am very sorry to tell yon that since I wrote last, your son's
body has been found. He is buried the British part of a small
village cemetery, not far from where he fell, and the Battalion
is putting up a cross on his grave. May I assure you of my deep
sympathy with you in your loss. At the same time I known you will
always be proud that he gave his life in a fine way. He is very
highly spoken of by both officers and men, and is greatly mmissed.
May God bless you and comfort you, and grant him rest."
Graveney desires to thank all friends for kind sympathy in her
2451, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 8 August 1915. Aged 19. Enlisted
Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Thomas and Harriett Gumsley, of
23, Parliament St., Newark, Notts. No known grave. Commemorated
on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel
39 and 41.
Thomas aka Tom
306015 [listed as 306051 on SDGW], 2nd/7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters
(Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) formerly 3230, Sherwood
Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action
between 21 March 1918 and 31 March 1918. Aged 19. Born and enlisted
Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Mrs. Jane Hardy, of 2, Charles St.,
Newark, Notts. In the 1901 census he was aged 2, born Newark, Nottinghamshire,
son of John T and Jane Hardy, resident 5, Cromwell Road, Newark,
Newark upon Trent, Nottinghamshire. In the 1911 census he was aged
13, born Newark, Nottinghamshire, at school, son of John Taylor
and Jane Hardy, resident 2, Charles Street, Newark, Newark upon
Trent, Nottinghamshire. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL,
Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
12063, 8th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action
25 July 1916. Aged 24. Born Hull, Yorkshire, enlisted Newark,
Nottinghamshire. Son of James and Edith Jean Harper, of 85, Sleaford
Rd., Newark, Notts. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL,
Somme, France. Pier and Face 2 C and 3 A.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 05 August 1916, page 6:
NEWARK HERO KILLED
PRIVATE JAMES HARPER.
The name of this splendid young Newarker has to be inscribed on
our Local Roll of Honour, for, at the early age of 24 years, he
has given his life in the National cause-for King and Country.
He is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James Harper, of 85, Sleaford-road,
and though he is not really one of Newark's born sons, he can
be claimed as a resident, from the fact that he has lived in the
town for considerably .more than half his life. Young Harper was
a native of Hull, and came with his parents to Newark some fifteen
years ago, when he was only nine. He attended Lovers’-lane
Council school, and was a member of the Church Lads’ Brigade,
as well as one of St. Leonard’s choir. At the age of 14
he entered the employment of the late Mr. Robt. Hodgkinson, at
Northgate House, working in the house and in the stables. His
inert abilities were recognised, and the family were advised to
give him a wider opportunity of usefulness, so that, with this
view, he went to the works of Messrs. Ransome and Co., and was
there at the outbreak of war. He joined 3rd Leicesters in September,
going with one of his shop companions. After being at a camp outside
of Leicester for a few weeks, he was removed with others to Aldershot
for training, and afterwards to Salisbury Plain. He was home on
a few occasions, the last time being in June, a year ago, shortly
after which he sailed for France, and had, therefore, been out
over 12 months. He wrote regularly, always in a most cheerful
strain, never uttering a single murmur, and recently he was buoyed
up with the prospect of paying a visit to his parents. The last
letter from him was received on June 21st, and in this he mentioned
the sad death of Lieut. Barling, and also that he had been to
see the grave of Alfred Savage (another Newark lad) who was just
behind the trenches, and had a nice cross upon it. He concluded
by saying “I am hoping to see you soon.” After that
there was a field card, which was delivered to his mother after
the date on which he had been killed. The first his parents heard
of this dire result was from a neighbour, who had been informed
from another source. That was a week last Monday, and on the following
Thursday a letter came into the town from Sergt.-Major R. Mayfield,
who stated “I have just seen poor Jim Harper, dead on the
battlefield.” On Sunday morning last the official announcement
was received from the War Office, confirming the already certain
news. Mr. Harper, the father, as well as two of the deceased’s
brothers, are employed at Messrs. Ransome and Co.’s works,
and much sympathy is felt for the family in their sad and heavy
2956, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 14 October 1915. Aged 19.
Born and enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Thomas and Emma
Harrison, of Sherwood Avenue, Newark, Notts. No known grave. Commemorated
on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 87 to 89.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 4 December 1915, page 8:
NEWARKER KILLED IN
PRIVATE C. S. HARRISON
After the great charge of the North Midland Division on the Hohenzollern
Redoubt about six weeks ago. Captain Harrison of the Fire Brigade,
and Mrs. Harrison, Cherry-holt-lane, received intimation that
their youngest son, Pte. Cyril Harrison, of 1st 8th Battalion
was missing. Yesterday., however, the parents, who are held in
great respect in the town, received the sad notification from
the War Office that their son is now reported "killed in
The young hero, who is only 19 year of age, after a short military
career, and brief participation in the actual struggle in France.
He was an old Mount School boy and was apprenticed to the fitting
at Messrs. Ransome’s. He joined the 8th Battalion in November
last year and was drafted to France until the beginning of last
August. He was at the base for a fortnight during which he had
three days on the sick list, but his parents received no further
intimation from him until just prior to the charge in October,
when a brief postcard chronicled the fact that they were being
hurried up to the fighting line, since when the young soldier’s
parents have been anxiously awaiting tidings of him, the sad news
of his death being received yesterday morning.
Much sympathy will be extended to Mr. and Mrs. Harrison and family
in their sad loss.
79925, 15th Brigade, Royal Horse Artillery. Died of wounds 12 August
1917. Aged 21. Born and enlisted Nottigham. Son of E. Hickson (now
E. Whiting), of 123, Harcourt Rd., Nottingham, and the late W. H.
Hickson. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Plot III. Row E. Grave 14.
8424, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died 28 March 1915.
Aged 40. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. Inwards, of London; husband
of Fanny M. Inwards, of 8, Cross St., Newark, Notts. Buried inn
RAMPARTS CEMETERY, LILLE GATE, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row E.
27562, 1/6th Battalion (Territorial), Royal Warwickshire Regiment
formerly 2878, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire
Regiment). Killed in action 4 October 1917. Born Sowfields, Lincoln,
enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Buried in DOCHY FARM NEW BRITISH
CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot V. Row A. Grave 28.
42887, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment formerly 49162,
Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action 5 September 1918. Born
Spalding, Lincolshire, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of
George Thomas and Sara Elizabeth Jarman, of 31, Stanley St., Newark-on-Trent.
Buried in PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France.
Plot III. Row P. Grave 31.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 21 September 1918, page
PTE. E W. JARMAN, NEWARK.
Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Jarman, of 31, Stanley-street, have received
the sad intelligence that their second son, Pte. Ernest William
Jarman, Cambridgeshire Regiment, 20 years of age, has been killed
in action, the intelligence being conveyed to them by an Army
Chaplain, who writes as follows:- "It is with deepest sympathy
and sorrow that I write to you of the sad news that your son,
Pte. E. W. Jarman, passed away on the 5th of this month, killed
in action in front of _____. It is the more sorrowful because
his cousin, Pte. H. Harman, suffered at the same time. I am the
more grieved because although I have done my best, but cannot
find out where they are buried. I only know that the men of another
Company buried him, but I can get to know nothing definite. If
you write to them Director of G.R.I.E., he may be able to give
you some information, and if I can find out anything, and I will
try, I will let you know personally. He was with others in charge
of a machine-gun. They were coming back to cover when one of the
enemy guns opened fire, and three, including your boy, were killed
outright. It was impossible to bring in their bodies at the time,
and soon afterwards we advanced, meanwhile some one else must
have buried them, for I went all over the battle area afterwards
and I could not find them anywhere. I cannot tell you how deeply
sorry I am. You will feel it as only a mother can, but we mourn
with you in your grievous sorrow and pray that the Lord God will
give you comfort and strength to bear it bravely. Your boy was
very brave, I am to tell you this—he never flinched and
did what he was told to do. When some of the sadness of your pain
has passed, it may be of so0me comfort to you to remember your
boy was one who lived and died for others and that he is now with
the Eternal life beyond the strife, fear and tears of our poor
earth.” Pte. Ernest Jarman was educated at Lovers’-lane
Council School, and on leaving was apprenticed as a turner at
Messrs, Ransome and Co.’s, with who he remained until he
enlisted in April of this year, only five months ago. When he
joined the 3rd Leicesters. He went out to France only a month
ago, when he was transferred to the Cambridge Regiment. His elder
brother, Pte. George Charles Jarman, is in the R.E.’s and
is at present in training at Conway, North Wales.
42888, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment formerly 49248, Leicestershire
Regiment. Killed in action 5 September 1918. Born Grantham, Lincolshire,
enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Buried in PERONNE COMMUNAL CEMETERY
EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot III. Row P. Grave 32.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 21 September 1918, page
HAROLD JARMAN, NEWARK.
intimation of Pte. Harold Jarman's death was received on Tuesday
by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Jarman, 52, Sleaford-road. He
was only 20 years of age. Educated at Christ Church School he
was later apprenticed at Ransomes as a turner. He joined the Leicesters
on April 16th and went out on 16th August and transferred to the
Cambridgeshires. The sad news of his death was conveyed in a letter
written by the Chaplain, who said: “It is with deep sympathy
and sorrow that I write to inform you the sad news that Pte. H.
Jarman passed away on the 5th of this month, killed during action
in front of N——. The news is the more sorrowful because
his cousin was killed at the same time. Those two brave lads were
in charge of a machine-gun. Being brought under enemy machine-gun
fire they were retiring when they were both hit and died instantly.
Nothing could possibly be done for them; they were beyond human
help. It will ne a scrap of comfort for you to know that they
did not lie out in the open in lingering pain.”
Three other sons are in the Army, Pioneer Albert Jarman, in the
R.E.’s in France, Sapper Robert Jarman, R.E., in Salonica,
and Pte. Walter Jarman, D.L.I. Workers Battalion, who is now lent
to MJessrs. Nicholsons; the latter joined the Army four years
Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). No
further information currently available.
locate on SDGW, listed as Lancashire Regiment on CWGC] Lance Corporal
30906, 1st/5th Battalion, Lancashire Regiment. Buried in BERTRANCOURT
MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot 2. Row D. Grave 9.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 13 July 1918, page 5:
GEO. KENT. NEWARK
Kent, 1, Wheatley's-yard, Chatham-street, has been officially
informed that her husband, Lance-Corpl. Geo. Kent. of the East
Lancs. has been killed in action. The Chaplain has written. "I
am sorry to tell you that your husband was killed last night.
He was one of a mining party. Whilst it must be a terrible blow
for you, but may be some consolation to know that he died in the
service of his country."' A Corporal also wrote, "I
am writing on behalf of the men of both your husband's section
and my own, and desire to offer you our deepest sympathy in your
sad bereavement. Your husband was a very brave soldier and was
greatly respected by all of us. His death caused quite gloom over
our little party and we have missed him very much indeed. It may
be of some little consolation to you to know he did not suffer
at all: he died soon after he he was hit, and I can assure you
everything was done to save him." Corpl. Kent. who was 28
years of age, previous to joining the Lincolns in April last year,
was a machinist at Ransomes'. He went to the front in October.
Much sympathy is extended to his widow and little girl in their
4018, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 24 January 1917. Aged 19.
Born Rugby, Warwickshire, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Only
son of Rose E. Knee, of 35, Cross St., Newark. Buried in FONCQUEVILLERS
MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row F. Grave
from Newark Herald - Saturday 3 February 1917, page 6:
H. KNEE. NEWARK.
Mr. and Mrs. Knee, of 35, Cross-street, Newark, received the sad
news on Tuesday morning that their only son, Pte. Reginald Knee,
of the Sherwood Foresters, had been killed in action. Pte. Knee,
who was not 20 years of age, was a scholar at Christ Church School,
and afterwards a machine hand at Messrs. Ransomes. He joined the
local Regiment in April, 1915, and went out to France in July
last. The news of his death was conveyed to the bereaved parents
in three letters from the lad’s officers. One officer wrote:
“It is with the greatest regret that I write to inform you
that your son was killed yesterday by a trench mortar bomb. He
felt no pain as death was absolutely instantaneous. Until recently
he was in my Platoon and he was always a good soldier. He was
liked by officers and men, as he was always cheery and willing.
A few weeks ago he was transferred to a Lewis gun team, and it
was whilst doing duty with that team that he was killed. I offer
you my deepest sympathy and sorrow. May it be a comfort to you
that he died nobly—a soldier at his post.” His Major
wrote that “he met his death in the front line trenches.
Your son was one of a team of machine gunners on duty when a large
trench mortar bomb burst in their midst causing a number of casualties.
Your son was doing well as a soldier and I offer you my deepest
sympathy in your loss, and trust it will be of some comfort to
you to know that your son met his death doing his duty.”
Another officer wrote: “As machine gun officer your son
was practically under my control, and I found him a very keen,
intelligent, and trustworthy lad. I had great hopes of his advancement,
and was on the point of giving him a responsible position in his
team when he was killed.”
Corporal 2376, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire
and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 18 October 1915. Born
and enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Buried in CHOCQUES MILITARY
CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 72.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 13 November 1915, page
IN THE 8th SHERWOODS.
Official intimation was received last week by Mr. G. Lowe that
his son, Lance-Corpl. Fredk. J. Lowe, of the 8th Battalion Sherwood
Foresters, had died of wounds received in the magnificent charge
made by the local Territorials on the Hohenzollern Redoubt. Prior
to the official telegram from the War Office, Mrs. Lowe, wife
of the gallant soldier, received a letter from Captain Turner,
of the 8th Battalion, stating that her husband had been very seriously
wounded on October 14th by a German shell. He expressed the hope,
however, that he would recover, as he was an excellent fellow
in every sense of the word, and an excellent soldier.
According to the telegram, Lance-Corpl F. Lowe was wounded on
14th, and died four days later. Since that time it has transpired
that the local hero lost his left arm through being struck by
Lance-Corpl. Lowe prior to the war was employed as a moulder by
Messrs. Ransome and Co., Ltd., and his wife and two children,
aged eight years and two years respectively reside at 2, Eggleston'
s-yard. He enlisted in the 8th Sherwood Foresters (T.F.) on September
8th, 1914, and left with his Regiment for Luton, undergoing the
greater part of his training at Harpenden and Braintree He was
born and bred in Newark, being the son Mr. G. Lowe, and much sympathy
is extended to his wife and family in the irreparable loss they
2274, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 6 June 1915. Aged 18. Born
Rochdale, Lancs, resident Leigh, Lancs, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Son of George S. Massey, of 63, Buck St., Leigh, Lancs. Buried
in Buried in KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen,
Belgium. Row D. Grave 61.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 12 June 1915, page 8:
NEWARK CRICKETER KILLED IN ACTION.
young Massey was killed on the 6th (Sunday), poor lad, he was
quite a boy,” such was a sentence in a letter from a Newark
Territorial to his parents in the town, the information being
received on Thursday morning. The gallant young soldier referred
to is Pte. Tom Massey, youngest son of Mr. Geo. Massey, formerly
of the Queen’s Head, Market-place, and now of Leigh, Lancashire.
It appears he was on sentry duty and was shot in the head, expiring
Massey was of a quiet and even disposition, and will be remembered,
with his full shock head of black curly hair. As a child he attended
Mount School and was a member of the Parish Church choir for a
long period. In his tenderest years he displayed the family love
for sport, especially cricket, in which his father had accomplished
many notable deeds, and at one time was in Mr. W. Tidd Pratt’s
team, while later on he assisted Newark Reserve, and last season
was with Averham and Kelham, with which his father was also identified.
At the conclusion of his school days, Tom Massey entered the employment
of Messrs. A. Ransome and Co., and was with them at the outbreak
of hostilities when he was enthusiastically desirous of “doing
his bit,” and, eventually, enlisted in our own territorials,
the 8th Sherwood Foresters in September, and after being with
the Battalion for drill at various centres, notably Braintree,
he accompanied them to the front in February, after having been
over to Newark for a few days’ furlough just before Christmas.
Pte. Massey, who was not 19 years of age, his birthday being in
October, was thorough in all he underto0ok; he was a universal
favourite, and leaves many friends to regret his untimely end.
44271, 1st/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment formerly 1799,
Cambridgeshire Regiment. Killed in action 5 September 1918. Aged
34. Born Newark, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Derby. Husband of R.
E. M. Matthews, of 42, Vernon St., Newark, Notts. Buried in PERONNE
COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot V. Row M. Grave
as A T MORT and Private, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment) on memorial]. Private 56605, 10th Battalion,
Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds
17 October 1918. Aged 21. Born Bradford, Yorkshire, enlisted Newark.
Son of Charles H. and Annie Wetherell Mort, of 28, Wilson St.,
Newark. Buried in GREVILLERS BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais,
France. Plot XVII. Row C. Grave 15.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 26 October 1918, page 6:
LANCE-CORPL. A. J. MORT, NEWARK
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Mort, Church-street, received the sad news
on Tuesday that, their eldest son, Lance-Corpl. Alex J. Mort,
had died at a Base Hospital on the 18th, after three days suffering
from severe wounds in the head. The fallen soldier who was only
2l years of age, was educated at the Mount School. For a little
time he was in the drawing office at Messrs. Ransome and Co.'s,
and later entered the works. He enlisted under the Derby scheme
when 18 years of age and was called up in April. Prior to that
he was for three years in the Newark V.T.C., and military knowledge
gained in the Corps got him his stripe immediately after joining
the training squad of the West Yorks Regiment, to which he was
attached in Northumberland. He was sent to France in the latter
part of August and has so soon made the supreme sacrifice and
lies in the Military Cemetery at Gievellers. Much sympathy is
extended to the bereaved parents in their great loss.
as J I NEWBOLD on CWGC] Private 42846, 4th Battalion, Prince of
Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Killed in action 15 April
1918. Aged 29. Born and enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son
of Mr. T. Newbold, of 173, Northgate, Newark, Notts. Buried in
HEDAUVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Row C.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 4 May 1918, page 6:
PTE. J. T. NEWBOLD, NEWARK
Much sympathy is felt with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Newbold, of 178,
Northgate, in the loss they have sustained by the death of their
seventh son, Pte. John Thomas Newbold, North Staffs, an official
intimation having been received by them from a Records office
that he has been killed in action. He was 28 years of age last
Christmas, having been born in Newark, and educated at Lover’s-lane
Council School. He was for some time employed at Messrs. Warwicks
and Richardsons, and was latterly with Messrs. A. Ransome and
Co., Stanley Works, being with them up to the time of his enlistment
about six months ago, when he entered the Lincs. Regiment. He
went out to France on Good Friday, and, on arriving there, was
transferred to the North Staffs. Pte. Newbold was of a quiet disposition,
very steady, and much respected. A brother, Pte. Wm. Newbold,
who was formerly a hairdresser in Northgate, with a tobacconist’s
business in Kirkgate, is with a Labour Battalion, while another
one is Pte. Herbert Newbold, Sherwood Foresters, who has been
invalided home from France, and a third brother, Walter Newbold,
has been twice rejected.
305116, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 26 August 1918. Aged 33.
Born and enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Husband of Emma Parker,
of 2, James Row, Millgate, Newark, Notts. No known grave. Commemorated
on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 7.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 26 October 1918, page 6:
FRED PARKER, NEWARK.
name to be added to the long list of the Roll of Honour of Newark
men who have made the great sacrifice in the war, is that of Pte.
Fred Parker, of the 1st-8th Sherwood Foresters. The gallant soldier,
who as a boy attended Christ Church School, was 31 years of aged,
and was one of the first dwindling band of heroes who in August,
1914, soon after the outbreak of war, marched out of Newark Market-place.
He had spent three years in France, where he was twice wounded—
on April 17th, 1916, and in March, 1918. His third journey to
the battlefield was in July last, but he was only in France about
a month, for an official notification states that he was killed
in action on August 26th. Much sympathy is felt with his widow,
Mrs. Parker, and her two young sons, is the great loss they have
PRIESTLY on SDGW] Lance Corporal 1389, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood
Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds
10 May 1915. Aged 20. Born and enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Son of Walter and Mary Jane Priestley, of Newark-on-Trent; husband
of Ellen Fitton (formerly Priestley), of 3, Lane End's, Wheatley,
Halifax, Yorks. Buried in LOKER CHURCHYARD, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
Plot II. Row B. Grave 3.
1743, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 16 June 1915. Born and resident
Calverton, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Buried
in LOKER CHURCHYARD, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row B. Grave
as Hassell Ernest ROBSINON on SDGW and CWGC] Lance Corporal G/11707,
7th Battalion, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Killed
in action 13 July 1916. Born Carnaby, Yorkshire, resident and
enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. No known grave. Commemorated
on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 11 C.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 26 August 1916, page 5:
WANTED OF WELL-KNOWN NEWARK SOLDIER.
REPORTED WOUNDED AND MISSING
Considerable and natural anxiety is being felt by Mrs. Robinson.
78, Harcourt-street, for tidings of her son. No. 11707 Lance-Corpl.
H. E. Robinson, 7th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment, at present
reported wounded and missing.
He is her only son, and his age is 21. Educated at the Magnus
Grammar School, he was recognised as an enthusiastic footballer
and also possessed a good record for cricket. Afterwards he entered
the drawing office of Messrs. Ransome and Co., where he remained
for a time, and later went to Messrs. Jas. Simpson and Co., for
a practical training. and, in order, in being connected with the
two firms, to gain a thorough experience. Later he returned to
Messrs. Ransome and Co., and was there up to a day or so prior
to his enlistment on January 12th of this year in the Royal West
Kent Regiment, at Chatham. He was keen on obtaining a commission,
and there was every prospect of success, for his papers were up
to the proper quarters; in fact his promotion was promised and
was an almost certainty. He was home for a week end, having previously
been advised that he would advance his interests by going to the
front, and went out on June 22nd, although when he was at home
he was unaware of the circumstances that he had been allocated
a draft for that purpose.
Lance-Corpl. Robinson wrote home on several occasions, as well
as to friends in the town, the last communication to his mother
reaching here on July 9th.
The great fight at Trones Wood is now a matter of history, and
it will never he forgotten how brave and enduring a part the Royal
West Kent Regiment played in that grand British victory, and how
they held on for 28 hours, until relieved. Lance-Corpl. Robinson
showed conspicuous gallantry, as a subsequent message testifies.
On August 6th a message was received by Mrs. Robinson from the
War Office that her son was reported wounded and missing, and
later his name appeared in the casualty list. No effort has since
spared to obtain information of him and a most sympathetic letter
was received from the regimental chaplain, in which he stated
that this young Newarker went over the parapet with the bombers,
and it was believed he was mortally wounded there. Mrs. Robinson
wired, and also wrote to the Record Office, who on Sunday morning
replied regretting that there was no news other than that he was
missing. On Wednesday morning Mrs. Robinson had a letter from
the Commanding Officer, who had been wired to, regretting that
he could not tell any more than had come from the War Office,
that Lance-Corpl. Robinson was missing after the fight in Trones
Wood, but the mother was urged to hope for the best, and any further
news will be forwarded to her at once.
As already stated, Mrs, Robinson is exceedingly anxious and is
feeling the suspense most acutely, and anyone who can give information
respecting her boy is urgently requested to communicate with her
to 78, Harcourt-street.
Corporal 305571, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire
and Derbyshire Regiment). Died on service 10 July 1918. Aged 22.
Enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Harry and Flora Mary
Smith. Native of Newark-on-Trent. Buried in PERNES BRITISH CEMETERY,
Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row E. Grave 20.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 7 July 1917, page 6:
H. SMITH, NEWARK. MISSING.
Smith. of 9, Cromwell-road, Newtown, Newark, would be grateful
to anyone who would give them information in regard to the fate
of their son, Pte. Harry Smith, who has been reported missing
since April last. Although Pte. Harry Smith joined the Sherwood
Forrsters, he was transferred to the 11th Suffolk Regiment in
France. It is hoped, however, that this will come to the notice
of some of his former comrades in the Suffolk Regiment who will
be able to give some news to his anxious parents.
105698, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 4 November 1918. Aged 41.
Born Toddington, Beds, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of
J. Tailby; husband of Mary Lizzie Tailby, of 15, Stanley St.,
Newark-on-Trent, Notts. Buried in GHISSIGNIES BRITISH CEMETERY,
Nord, France. Row A. Grave 37.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 4 January 1919, page 6:
PTE. J. J. TAILBY, NEWARK.
Although the Armistice has been signed, the sad news of local
fallen men keeps coming through, and Mrs. Tailby, of 15, Stanley-street,
bar received information that her husband, Pte. John James Tailby,
41 years of age, of the 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, has
been killed in action. There was an official intimation, first
of all, that be had been wounded, and the week before Christmas
there was another message from the War Office informing her that
he had died in action. Mrs. Tailby has instituted numerous inquiries,
but up to the present time no details are forthcoming as to the
exact circumstances of what occurred, though she is hoping to
hear more shortly. Pte. Tailby was a native of Doddington, near
Bedford, and for many years he occupied the position of butler
to Mrs. Browne, of Collingham. After the outbreak of war he felt
that he ought to do something of national importance, but owing
to the death of the only child in 1915, he, naturally, wished
to remain with his wife, which led him to seek and obtain munition
work with Messrs. Ransome and Marles, when he went to reside in
Stanley-street. However, the call to greater service still appealed
to him, and at the beginning of last April he joined the 4th Battalion
Sherwood Foresters, and went into training at Sunderland. He went
overseas on August 3rd, and practically straight into action,
remaining there nearly continuously up to the time he was stricken
down. He had written to his wife regularly, and, when his letters
ceased to arrive, Mrs. Taillby was convinced that something serious
had befallen him, a deduction which, unfortunately, proved to
be only too true. While living in Newark he attended the Parish
Church every Sunday morning up to the time of his departure to
enlist in the 4th Sherwood Foresters, from which he was subsequently
transferred to the 10th Battalion. He was greatly respected, and
much sympathy is felt with the widow in her loneliness as the
result of a cruel bereavement.—Mrs. Tailby desires to thank
all friends for kind sympathy in her sad loss.
2366, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 20 June 1916. Aged 19.
Born Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Son of Harry and Hetty Tyers, of 36, Harcourt St., Newark-on-Trent.
Buried in FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.
Plot I. Row F. Grave 30.
from Newark Herald - Saturday 1 July 1916, page 6:
NEWARKERS KILLED WHILST TAKING RATIONS.
Whilst taking rations up to the Sherwood Foresters in thy front
line of trenches on June 26th, san enemy shell dropped amongst
the fatigue party, unfortunately taking toll of five lives (amongst
them two Newark men), and wounding several others. The two young
heroes concerned are Pte. Leslie Tyers, aged 19, eldest son of
Mr. and Mrs. Tyers, 36. Harcourt-street, and Pte. Albert Edward
Pulford, eldest son of Mrs. Pulford. 65, Bowbridge-road.
The first intimation of the sad intelligence was received in a
letter sent by Corporal Ernest Cross to his parents in William-street.
The letter, dated June 21st. after stating that the Battalion
had been in the trenches 18 days, came out for what was expected
as a month's rest, but went in again after ten days, continues:
“l have been upset today, as I have been helping to dig
graves for six men. I am sorry to say two of them are from Newark,
and one from Farnsfield or Southwell. One if young Pulford, out
of Bowbridge-road, whose father used to be at Perfect’s
shop in the Marketplace. The other young chap lives, I think,
in Barnbygate. His father is a shoe maker names Tyers. They were
carrying dinner up the trench, when a shell dropped amongst them,
killing five and wounding three.”
Corpl. Cross asked his parents to see the people referred to and
inform them the graves of the young heroes are being cared for,
with a cross to mark the spot. Corpl Cross remarks that he was
taking another party up just as the young men were killed.
Pte. Tyers, as a boy, attended the Wesleyan Day School, and the
London-road Congregational Church, where he as for many years
in the choir, and also a member of the Rev. J. D. Burns’
Bible Class. After leaving school he was apprenticed as a turner
at the Stanley Works (Messrs. A. Ransome and Co. Ltd.), and joined
the Sherwood Foresters on September 9th, 1914. He went to Harpenden
and Braintree, and was with the first boat-load to land in France
in the following February. His parents had the satisfaction of
seeing him home on a short furlough, from which he returned a
month ago, and as an indication of his cheery correspondence under
difficult circumstances, it may be mentioned that he said he caught
cold in travelling, but was better since he had “settled
down in the trenches!” He had since sent a letter and a
field card to say he was well. In a letter received last Saturday,
he stated the Battalion was in the trenches, and that his company
was in reserve, taking up the rations, so it was better than being
in the front line. It is a pathetic feature, however, that it
was the men with the rations who received the unlucky shell.
A memorial service for Pte. Tyers and for five others connected
with the Church who have died, will be held tom-morrow evening
in the London-road Congregational Church at 6.30.
Mr. and Mrs. Tyers and family wish to thank all friends for their
kind expressions of sympathy and letters of condolence.
Corporal 305887, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire
and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 23 April 1917. Born
and enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Baptised 15 December 1889
in Newark-on-Trent, St Mary Magdalene, son of Joseph and Lucy
Vasey. In the 1891 census he was aged 1, born Newark, Nottinghamshire,
son of Joseph and Lucy Vasey, resident Malt Kiln Terrace, Newark
upon Trent, Newark, Nottinghamshire. In the 1901 census he was
aged 11, born Newark, Nottinghamshire, son of Joseph and Lucy
Vasey, resident 3, Maltkiln Terrace, Newark, Newark upon Trent,
Nottinghamshire. In the 1901 census he was aged 21, born Newark,
Nottinghamshire, a Chemical labourer, son of Joseph and Lucy Vasey,
resident 3, Maltkiln Terrace, Newark, Newark upon Trent, Nottinghamshire.
No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais,
France. Bay 7.
2365, 1st/8th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and
Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 14 October 1915. Born and
enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. No known grave. Commemorated on
LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 87 to 89.
as Private on memorial] Private 305875, 2nd/8th Battalion, Sherwood
Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action
31 October 1917. Aged 19. Born Devonport, Devon, resident Codington,
Nottinghamshire, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Mrs. Ellen
Young, of 28, Lombard St., Newark-on-Trent, Notts. Buried in CABARET-ROUGE
BRITISH CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XV. Row N.
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