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SOMERCOTES WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 & Northern ireland - Detailed Information
Details kindly supplied by - Rosemary Lockie
Copyright © Transcription Rosemary Lockie 2003
research Louis Mills

The war memorial is located at St Thomas Church, 114 Nottingham Road, Somercotes and is sited directly in front of the eastern wall of the chancel of St Thomas's Church in Somercotes. It takes the form of a plain white, limestone, cross, with a tapered shaft, on a rectangular, hollow-shouldered, pedestal; the are two limestone, wing, walls with copings abutting the pedestal, and the whole sits on a plinth and a two-stepped base; an inlaid inscription on the pedestal is in upright mixed case and mixed style lettering with rectangular marble tablets attached to the wing walls contain the World War 1 names, another panel on the face of the pedestal contains the World War 2 names, and a fourth on the face of the plinth contains an additional name indirectly assigned to Northern Ireland; the inscriptions on the tablets are inlaid in upright capital block lettering. There are 81 names listed for World War 1, 20 names for World War 2 and one for Northern Ireland.

Photograph Copyright © Peter & Janet Kirk 2005

To The Glory
Of God
And In Memory Of The Men
Of This Parish Who Fell
In The Great War
1914 - 1918
+
Worthy Of Remembrance
1939 - 1945


1914-1918

BAKER

Robert Halford

Private 61, 1st/4th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 30 October 1914. Aged 30. Born Stanton Hill, Derbyshire, enlisted Nottingham. Son of Robert Halford Baker and Emma Baker, of 51, Leabrooks Rd., Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row A. Grave 21.

BAKER

Sidney

Private 20415, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 13 September 1916. Born Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Nottingham, resident Somercotes. Buried in OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 27.

BARKER

Harry W

No further information currently available

BATTISON

Harry

Sergeant 266580, 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 25 March 1918. Aged 24. Born Alfreton, enlisted Nottingham, resident Heanor, Derbyshire. Son of John and Mary Battison, of 128, Loscoe Rd., Heanor, Nottingham. No known grave. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Panel 52 to 54.

BILSON

Samuel Charles

Private 325656, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) formerly 33090, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 26 September 1917. Aged 20. Born Somercotes, enlisted and resident Alfreton. Son of William and Hannah Bilson, of 106, Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 11 to 14.

BONSALL

Walter

Private 44867, 1st/5th Battalion (Territorial), Northumberland Fusliers. Died on service 26 October 1917. Born Alfreton, enlisted Derby. Formerly 47239, Army Catering Corps. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 19 to 23.

BOULTBEE

Frank

Private 9333, 9th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of wounds 14 October 1917. Aged 26. Born Seabrook, Derby, enlisted Derby. Son of Mary Boultbee, of 10, Lea Brooks, Alfreton, Derbyshire, and the late Griffin Boultbee. Buried in DOZINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot IX. Row I. Grave 19.

BOULTBEE

[William] Vaughan

Corporal 25494, 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died on service 14 November 1918. Aged 26. Born Riddings, Derbyshire, resident Lea Brooks, Derbyshire, enlisted Derby. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Boultbee, of Leabrooks, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot L. Row B. Grave 27.

BOWLER

Alfred M

No further information currently available

BURTON

Leslie John

Private 18577, 1st Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 12 January 1916. Born Somercotes, enlisted Nottingham, resident Alfreton. Buried in SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS CANADIAN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row C. Grave 51.

CARLIN

Frank

Private 39456, 34th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 14689, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 11 June 1917. Born Somercotes, enlisted Derby. Buried in BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD, Nord, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 52.

CARRIER

Samuel

Petty Officer KP/946, Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Assumed killed in action at Gallipoli 4 June 1915. Aged 21. Born 21 March 1894 in Somercotes, Derbyshire. Son of William Carrier, of Lea Moor Avenue, Somercotes Alfreton, Derbyshire previously 21, New Birchwood, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Religious denomination Church of England. Employed as a Stoker prior to enlistment. Height 5 feet 9 inches, chest 32½-36½ inches, fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes. Promoted to Petty Officer 4 June 1915. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 8 to 16.

CASTLE

Albert

Private 31946, 14th (Service) (2nd Barnsley) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment formerly 3920, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 7 May 1917. Enlisted Alfreton. Buried in DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row K. Grave 22.

CLARKE

Herbert

Private 16659, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards. Killed in action 15 September 1916. Born Somercotes, enlisted Derby, resident Alfreton. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 7 D and 8 D.

CLARKE

James

Private 10276, 9th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 7 July 1916. Born Alfreton, enlisted Wool, Dorset. Buried in CATERPILLAR VALLEY CEMETERY, LONGUEVAL, Somme, France. Plot XIX. Row G. Grave 3.

CLARKE

James

No further information currently available

CLARKE

William

possibly William CLARK, Private 3946, 1st/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1917. Born and enlisted Alfreton, resident Codnor. Buried in FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row L. Grave 40.

CROSON

Joseph

[Listed as CROSAN on CWGC] Private DM2/118936, 611th M.T. Company, Royal Army Service Corps. Died in United Kingdom 19 August 1917. Born Somercotes, enlisted and resident Nottingham. Buried in ALFRETON (LEA BROOKS) CEMETERY, Derbyshire. Section C. Grave 2126.

DABLE

William Henry

Private 366334, Base Depot, Labour Corps formerly 85806, 3rd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 22 December 1917. Born Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Ilkeston, resident Alfreton. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row I. Grave 139.

DARRINGTON

Joseph

Sapper 121998, 254th Tunnel Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action 4 June 1916. Born Somercotes, enlisted Derby. Son of the late Joseph and Emma Darrington. Native of Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in GORRE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 21.

DENNIS

David

Private 26984, 16th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 10 October 1916. Aged 35. Born and resident Alfreton, enlisted Nottingham. Buried in REGINA TRENCH CEMETERY, GRANDCOURT, Somme, France. Plot IX. Row K. Grave 19.

DENNIS

Frank

No further information currently available

DURHAM

George William

Rifleman R/8557, 11th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died 30 November 1917. Aged 23. Son of Robert and Sarah Ann Durham, of 35, Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CAMBRAI MEMORIAL, LOUVERVAL, Nord, France. Panel 9.

EDGE

Samuel

No further information currently available

EDGE

William

No further information currently available

ELLIS

Frank [Edward]

Private 28532, 2nd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action 18 April 1918. Aged 23. Born Somercotes, enlisted Derby, resident Alfreton. Son of George and Elizabeth Ellis, of Somercotes Hill, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IX. Row C. Grave 13.

ELLIS

Lewis George

Private 204439, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 4 November 1918. Born Nottingham, enlisted Ilkeston, resident Somercotes. His son also called Lewis George Ellis died in World War 2. Buried in VALENCIENNES (ST. ROCH) COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 1.

EVERLEY

Arthur

Rifleman R/8266, 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 20 January 1916. Born Somercotes, enlisted Nottingham resident Derby. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 53.

FISHER

Percy

Private 201313, 1st/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Enlisted Alfreton. Buried in BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XXI. Row H. Grave 3.

FLEET

Ernest

Lance Corporal 3962, 2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 16 September 1917. Aged 35. Born Swanwick, enlisted Derby, resident Alfreton. Son of Mrs. Edith Fleet, of 53, Leabrooks, Alfreton, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.

FOX

William

No further information currently available

FROGG

Ernest

Private 201988, 2nd/7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 21 March 1918. Aged 24. Born and resident Somercotes, enlisted Ilkeston. Son of John and Elizabeth Frogg, of 80, Quarry Rd., Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

GASCOYNE

James

Corporal 17964, 9th Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment). Died of wounds in United Kingdom 18 June 1917. Aged 27. Born Somercotes, enlisted Nottingham, resident Alfreton. Husband of Sarah Ann Gascoyne, of 33, Virginia St., Nottingham. Cremated and commemorated in NOTTINGHAM GENERAL CEMETERY, Nottinghamshire. Screen Wall. 03355.

GASCOYNE

Oswald

Private 159610, 33rd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died 27 November 1918. Aged 29. Son of John and Agnes Gascoyne. Buried in HONNECHY BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 9.

GAUNT

[Robert] Edward

Lance Corporal 13590, "C" Company, 12th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 24 June 1916. Aged 22. Son of Herbert and Mary Gaunt, of 23, Coupland Place, Somercotes, Derbyshire. Buried in MEAULTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Somme, France. Row C. Grave 24.

GEE

George Henry

Lance Corporal 42454, 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment formerly 91198, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 29 July 1918. Born Tickenhall, Derbyshire, resident Ilkeston, Derbyshire, enlisted Derby. Buried in BAGNEUX BRITISH CEMETERY, GEZAINCOURT, Somme, France. Plot III. Row F. Grave 28.

GENT

John William

Private S/22340, 8th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-Shire Buffs). Killed in action 28 July 1918. Aged 20. Born Riddings, Derbyshire, enlisted Derby, Derbyshire. Son of Herbert and Caroline Gent, of 100, Sleetmoor Lane, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in BUZANCY MILITARY CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 7.

GREATOREX

William [George]

Private 57472, 1st Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Died of wounds 27 May 1918. Aged 22. Born Leabrooks, Derby, enlisted Derby. Son of George Greatorex, of 4, Cemetery Rd., Lea Brooks, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in MARFAUX BRITISH CEMETERY, Marne, France. Montigny-sur-Vesle Military Cememetery Grave 3.

GREGORY

James William

Guardsman 12972, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action at Festubert 23 December 1914. Born Morrison, Colorado, U.S.A. Enlisted Alfreton (spelt Alpeton on SDGW), sent to "B" reserve 1909. Resident in both Somer coates and Pinxton. Mobilised 5 August 1914. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 2.

HAGUE

Joseph

No further information currently available

HARRIS

James H

No further information currently available

HERBERT

George

Private 16596, 14th Battalion, Durham Lght Infantry. Killed in action 24 October 1915. Aged 37. Born Alfreton, enlisted Sheffield, resident Tinsley. Husband of Kate Herbert, of 83, Ranskill Rd., Tinsley Park, Sheffield. Buried in PLOEGSTEERT WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY, Hainaut, Belgium. Plot III. Row J. Grave 4.

HERBERT

Joseph

Priate 15333, 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born and resident Alfreton, enlisted Sheffield. Buried in AVELUY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Row F. Grave 24.

HODGKINS

James

Private 19335, 10th (Service) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Killed in action 27 December 1915. Aged 33. Born Dudley, Worcestershire, enlisted Rotherham. Son of John and Eliza Hodgkins, of Dudley, Worcestershire; husband of Florence Harris (formerly Hodgkins), of 25, Lower Birchwood, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in CHAPELLE-D'ARMENTIERES NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Row C. Grave 10.

HOLLINGWORTH

John

Lance Bombardier 32918, "C" Battery, 64th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 2 June 1918, Aged 20. Born Alfreton, enlisted Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. Buried in MORBECQUE BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 12.

HOLMES

Thomas Frank

Private 15761, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) formerly 14th Battalion. Killed in action 21 November 1915. Aged 20. Born Leabrooks, Derbyshire, resident Kirkhamgate, Yorkshire, enlisted Derby. Son of Frank and Alice Holmes (formerly Gibson) of Kirkhamgate, Yorkshire. Attested 9 September 1914 in Derby, aged 19 years 130 days, a Collier by trade, single, height 5 feet 6½ inches, weight 116 lbs, chest 33½-35½ icnhes, blue eyes, light brown hair, fair complexion, religious denomination Church of England. Posted 10th Battalion Expeditionary Force 28 July 1915. Buried in MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot III. Row C. Grave 13.

HOPE

Walter

No further information currently available

HOPKINSON

William

Guardsman 15683, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 15 October 1918. Born Somercotes, enlisted Nottingham. BUried in QUIEVY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Row D. Grave 26.

HUTCHINSON

Ernest

No further information currently available

HUTCHINSON

William

No further information currently available

KIRK

Arthur

No further information currently available

LANGTON

William

Private 18262, 23rd Battalion (Tyneside Scottish), Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 26 August 1917. Aged 23. Born Somercotes, Derbyshire (listed as Summercoates on SDGW), enlisted Mansfield, Notts. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Langton, of 38, Somercotes Hill, Alfreton Derbyshire. Buried in TEMPLEUX-LE-GUERARD COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Row C. Grave 3.

LEESON

Joseph

Private 16018, "B" Company, 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 3 June 1917. Aged 31. Born Somercotes, enlisted Nottingham. Son of Ernest Leeson, of 72, Burchwood Lane, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in OOSTTAVERNE WOOD CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VI. Row D. Grave 8/9.

LEWIS

Ernest [William]

Private G/29177, 7th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 22 August 1918. Born and enlisted Alfreton, resident Somercotes. Buried in ALBERT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 7.

MARSH

Thomas [Oswald]

[Not listed on SDGW] Corporal 14690, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died 18 August 1916. Aged 23. Son of Robert and Mary Ellen Marsh, of 16, Victoria St., Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.

MARTIN, DCM

Henry

Second Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died on service 22 October 1918. Aged 31. Born 16 July 1887. Son of Emily Martin, of 3, New St., Somercotes Hill, Alfreton, and the late Henry Martin. Admitted to Somercotes Church of England School 25 May 1891, son of Henry Martin, transferred 19 November 1894. Commissioned 1918. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.), the Military Cross (M.C.) and Mentioned in Despatches [First award listed in London Gazette: 30716/3 June 1918]. Buried in ALFRETON (LEA BROOKS) CEMETERY, Derbyshire. Section C. Grave 1197.

MAY

Edwin J

No further information currently available

MEADOWS

Walter

Private 15550, 21st (Tyneside Scottish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Died of wounds 10 April 1917. Aged 26. Born Derby, enlisted Ilkeston, Derbyshire. Son of Charles Taylor Meadows, of Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, Alfreton. Derbyshire. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row A. Grave 16.

NICHOLSON

Frank J

No further information currently available - probably Frank Greenwood NICHOLSON, Private 201344, 1st/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born Sheffield, enlisted Alfreton, resident Somercotes. Buried in GOMMECOURT WOOD NEW CEMETERY, FONCQUEVILLERS, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 6.

OLDHAM

William Wilmott

Private 85820, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 4 September 1918. Born Borrowash, enlisted Alfreton, resident Somercotes. Buried in VIS-EN-ARTOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, HAUCOURT, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row J. Grave 18.

PARNHAM

Thomas

Private 59087, 1st Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) formerly 52140, West Riding Regiment. Killed in action 8 November 1918. Born Somercotes, enlisted Askern, Doncaster. Husband of Mary Ann Stephenson (formerly Parnham), of Walker's Terrace, Norton, Doncaster. Buried in DOURLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Nord, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 18.

PIDCOCK

Charles [Henry]

[No record in SDGW] Lance Corporal P/9376, Military Foot Police, Military Police Corps formerly Private R/8858, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died on service in London 21 November 1918. Aged 23. Son of Charles Henry Pidcock, of Leabrooks, Alfreton. In the 1901 census he was aged 6, born Leabrooks, Derbyshire, son of Charles Henry and Ellen Pidock, resident Leabrooks, Bridle Lane, Swanwick, Alfreton, Belper, Derbyshire. Attended Swanwick Church Of England Infants School, Swanwick, mentioned in the school log 22 February 1878 for receipt of birth certificate. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Leabrooks, a Pony driver under ground, son of Charles H and Ellen Pidock, resident Wood Street, Leabrooks near Alfreton, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Burial service 27 November 1918 at Congregational Chapel, Riddings, Derbyshire, aged 23, buried 27 November 1918 in ALFRETON (LEA BROOKS) CEMETERY, Derbyshire.

PRICE

Samuel

No further information currently available

RADFORD

Jesse

Private 116676, "A" Company, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 24 September 1918. Aged 24. Born Swanwick, enlisted Alfreton. Son of Joseph Radford, of 135, Leabrooks, Alfreton, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 7.

RAYNOR

Harry

No further information currently available

REEK

Arthur

Private 20432, 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action in Mesopotamia 23 April 1917. Born Alfreton, enlisted Ilkeston, resident Somercotes. No known grave. Commemorated on BASRA MEMORIAL, Iraq. Panel 12.

ROBINSON

Lewis

No further information currently available

SIMPSON

Harold

Private 12913, 13th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action 4 July 1916. Born Somercotes, enlisted Nottingham. Buried in GORDON DUMP CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA BOISSELLE, Somme, France. Plot III. Row H. Grave 9.

SMITH

Carl [Hollingworth]

Rifleman S/8775, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Briagde (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 25 September 1915. Born and residen Somercotes, enlisted Nottingham. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 10.

SMITH

Charles

probably Charlie SMITH, Private 58561, 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died on service 6 November 1918. Born Birchwood, enlisted Alfreton. Buried in ST. SEVER CEMETERY EXTENSION, ROUEN, Seine-Maritime, France. Section S. Plot III. Row S. Grave 24.

SMITHURST

[John] George

[Transcribed as SMITHHURST] Private 60310, 2nd/7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 21 March 1918. Born Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, enlisted Derby, resident Somercotes. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.

TAYLOR

Thomas

probably Thomas William TAYLOR, Private 42464, 2nd/8th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action 8 October 1917. Born and resident Swanwick, enlisted Alfreton. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 120 to 124.

TOWSON

George Arthur

Private 160506, 10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Killed in action 9 April 1917. Aged 21. Born 8 August 1895 in Somercotes, Derbyshire. Baptised 25 April 1897 in Somercotes, St Thomas, Derbyshire, son of Walter Clark and Martha Rowson. Son of Walter Towson, of 2433. First St. East, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the 1901 census he was aged 4, born Heanor, Derbyshire, son of Walter C and Martha Towson, resident Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Alfreton, Belper, Derbyshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 14, born Somercotes, Derbyshire, a Junior in plumbers shop, son of Walter Clarke and Martha Towson, resident Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Attested 7 October 1915 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, aged 20 years 2 months, single, a Clerk by trade, height 5 feet 6½ inches, weight 120 lbs, chest 29-33 inches, fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. Sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada aboard S.S. Empress of Britain 20 May 1916, arrived in England 29 May 1916. Previously suffered with pleurisy admitted to hospital 5 December 1916, then in No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance 7 December 1916, then No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance 10 December 1916, discharged to duty 17 December 1916. Buried in BAILLEUL ROAD EAST CEMETERY, ST. LAURENT-BLANGY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 3. Nartuional Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9755 - 24

TURNER

Frederick

Private 32795, 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 31 July 1917. Born Netherton, Worcestershire, enlisted Chesterfield, resident Alfreton. Buried in BLIGHTY VALLEY CEMETERY, AUTHUILLE WOOD, Somme, France. Plot V. Row I. Grave 7.

TURTON

Ernest

Private 24729, 11th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Died of wounds at Gallipoli 20 September 1915. Born Alfreton, enlisted Clay Cross, resident Alton, Hampshire. Buried in AZMAK CEMETERY, SUVLA, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Plot I. Row F. Grave13.

TURTON

Richard

Private 9027, 1st Battalion, Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment). Died of wounds 19 January 1916. Aged 40. Born and resident Alfreton, enlisted Lichfield, Staffordshire. Brother of Mr. J. W. Turton, of 14, Lea Brooks, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Served in the Indian campaigns of 1897-1898. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row C. Grave 32.

WADDOUPS

Arthur Fred

Private 200916, 1st/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Resident Jacksdale, Notts, enlisted Ripley, Derbyshire. Baptised 6 May 1891 in Ripley, Derbyshire, son of Harriett Elizabeth Waddoups. Born 17 March 1888. Admitted to Somercotes Church Of England School 25 April 1892, son of James Waddoups, resident Naylors Yard, Somercotes, transferred out 19 November 1894. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.

WALKER

John W

No further information currently available

WALTON

Albert F

No further information currently available

WILSON

Arthur

Company Quartermaster Sergeant 26947, 16th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 6 September 1916. Born Sutton Bridge, Lincolsnhire, enlisted Chesterfield, resident Alfreton. Buried in MESNIL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 2.

WINCH

William H

No further information currently available

1939-1945

BURGOYNE

Richard

Rifleman 3248477, 2nd Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). Died in United Kingdom 27 September 1945. Aged 27. Born 26 September 1918, and resident, Sheffield. Son of Arthur and Sarah Ann Burgoyne; husband of Dorothy (nee Richards) Burgoyne, of Somercotes, married 1941 in Somercotes St.Thomas. In the 1939 Register he was an Anger Filer, unmarried, living with his widowed mother, Sarah, at 50 Cottam Street, Sheffield, Sheffield C.B., Yorkshire (West Riding). Buried in ALFRETON (LEA BROOKS) CEMETERY, Derbyshire. Section C. Grave 2887.

BROWN

Joseph

No further information currently available

COOPER

Frederick

No further information currently available

COXHEAD

Frank Ernest

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1583248, 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. On a training flight from R.A.F. Coningsby he was killed when the aircraft he was flying in, an Avro Lancaster lll, serial number ND981, collided mid-air with a second 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron Lancaster, ME625, while flying in formation and both aircraft crashed at Cloor House Farm, near Crowland, Lincolnshire, 23 June 1944. Aged 20. Son of Frank Percy and Martha Coxhead, of Somercotes. Buried in ALFRETON (LEA BROOKS) CEMETERY, Derbyshire. Section B. Grave 641.

CROSON

Lawrence

Private 4982151, 2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment. Killed in action in Burma arena 28 May 1944. Aged 31. Born and resident Derbyshire. Son of Jack and Margaret Croson; husband of Ruby (nee Beresford) Croson, of Derby, married in Janaury to March Quarter 1942 in Ripley All Saints, Derbyshire. In the 1921 census he was aged 8, born Alfreton, Derbyshire, son of John William and Margaret Croson, resident 39, Seely Terrace, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in KOHIMA WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 4.

DEAN

Frank

No further information currently available

ELLIS

Lewis George

Guardsman 2619350, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died 18 April 1944. Aged 30. Born 29 October 1913. Son of Pte. Lewis George Ellis, (Sherwood Foresters, killed in action in France 4 November, 1918), and Alice Maud Ellis, of Alfreton; husband of Elsie (nee Palmer) Ellis, of Somercotes, married 1936 in Riddings Methodist Church, Riddings, Derbyshire. In the 1921 census he was aged 7, born Alfreton, Derbyshire, son of Alice Maud Ellis, resident 55, Sleetmoor Lane, Alfreton, Derbyshire. In the 1939 Register he was a House Painter & Decorator, married to Elsie Ellis, resident 56 Sleetmoor Lane, Somercotes, Alfreton U.D., Derbyshire. Buried in ALFRETON (LEA BROOKS) CEMETERY, Derbyshire. Section B. Grave 849.

HARGREAVES

Wilfred

Private 5336568, Royal Scots. Died on service 6 February 1946. Aged 33. Born Derbyshire, resident London. Son of Fred W. Hargreaves and Agnes Hargreaves, of Somercotes. Buried in ALFRETON (LEA BROOKS) CEMETERY, Derbyshire. Section C. Grave 2786.

JARRETT

John

Able Seaman P/JX 224212, H.M.S. Laforey, Royal Navy. Died at sea 30 March 1944. Aged 26. Born 18 June 1917 in Leabrooks, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Son of John and Ellen Jarrett, of Leabrooks, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 82, Column 3.

Exract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

JARRETT John of 21 Leabrooks Derbyshire died on or since 30 March 1944 on war service Administration Nottingham 30 October to John Jarrett colliery weighman.
Effects £95 2s. 1d

LOWE

Frederick William

Ordinary Seaman P/SSX 31002, H.M.S. Exmouth, Royal Navy. Died at sea when his ship was sunk by a German submarine while escorting a merchant ship north of Scotland 21 January 1940. Aged 18. Born 25 July 1921 in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Son of Frederick H. Lowe and Annie Lowe, of Somercotes, Derbyshire. Buried in WICK CEMETERY, Caithness-shire. Section O. Collective grave 6.

MILES

Sidney

Bombardier 1103824, 57 (1/5th Bn. The East Surrey Regt.) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 09 February 1944. Aged 29. Son of Richard and Helen Miles; husband of Irene Mabel Miles, of Old Tupton, Derbyshire. In the 1921 census there is a Sydney MILES aged 6, born Somercotes, Derbyshire, son of Richard William and Ellen Miles, resident 3, Nottingham Road, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. In the 1939 Register Sydney MILES, born 11 September 1914, was a Colliery Ripper & Poultry, married ro Irene M Miles, resident 33 Albert Street, Ilkeston, Alfreton U.D., Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CASSINO MEMORIAL, Italy. Panel 3.

MILLINGTON

Denis

Sergeant 4979973, 2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds in North Africa 2 May 1943. Aged 27. Born Derbyshire, resident Derby. Son of Charley and Lucy Millington, of Somercotes, Derbyshire; husband of Vera (nee Riley) Millington, of Somercotes, married 1940 in Somercotes St. Thomas, Derbyshire. In the 1921 census he was aged 5, born Somercoates, Derbyshire, son of Charles and Lucy Millington, resident 46, Coupland Place, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. Buried in OUED ZARGA WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia. Plot 1. Row E. Grave 21.

PARSONS

Arthur

Marine PO/X 102125, H.M.S. Eagle (Aircraft Carrier), Royal Marines. Died at sea when his ship was sunk 70 miles south Cape Salmas, Majorca, by four torpedoes from the German U-Boat U-73 11 August 1942. Born 8 March 1917 in Alfreton, Derbyshire. In the 1921 census he was aged 4, born Somercotes, Derbyshire, son of Arthur and Evelyn Annie Parsons, resident 43, Quarry Road, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Frame Knitter Hosiery Manufacture, married to Elsie M (nee Swan) Parsons, resident 17 Grace Crescent, Heanor, Heanor U.D., Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire. Panel 70, Column 2.

Exract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

PARSONS Arthur of 29 Alma-street Alfreton Derbyshire died on or since 11 August 1942 on war service Administration Nottingham 24 October to Elsie May Parsons widow.
Effects £532 1s. 5d.

RILEY

William

No further information currently available

RUMLEY

Roy Arthur

Guardsman 2621148, 6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action in Italy 10 September 1943. Aged 23. Born 21 July 1920, and resident, Derbyshire. Son of George and Lily May Rumley, of Somercotes, Derbyshire; grandson of Edith Rumley, of Somercotes. In the 1921 census he was new born, born Somercotes, Derbyshire, son of George and Lily Rumley, resident 81, Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Colliery Pony Driver (Below), single, resident with his grandmother Edith, at 99 Sleetmoor Lane, Riddings, Alfreton U.D., Derbyshire. Buried in SALERNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot II. Row A. Grave 14.

SIMPSON

John [William]

Sergeant 1071210, 48 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action flying in a Hudson VI 22 February 1944. Aged 31.Born 20 September 1912. Native of Somercotes, Derbyshire. Based at Bircham Newton, Norfolk. Son of John William and Gertrude Simpson, of Somercotes, Derbyshire; husband of Sybil Nelly Simpson, of Somercotes. In the 1921 census he was aged 8, born Somercotes, Derbyshire, son of John William and Gertrude Simpson, resident 54, Sleetmoor Lane, Alfreton, Derbyshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Confectioner (Cake Maker), married to Sybil L Simpson, resident 40a Coupland Place, Somercotes, Alfreton U.D., Derbyshire. Buried in BILBAO BRITISH CEMETERY, Spain. Plot 1. Row A. Collective grave 1-6.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

SIMPSON John William of 40a Coupland-place Somercotes Derbyshire died 22 February 1944 on war service Administration Nottingham 13 June to Sybil Nelly Simpson widow.
Effects £161 16s.

STEAD

George Arthur

Stoker 2nd Class P/KX 526881, H.M.S. Holcombe, Royal Navy. Died in H.M. Hospital Ship "Shamrock" 13 December 1943. Aged 36. Born 20 July 1906 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire. Son of Henry Joseph and Frances Stead; husband of Millicent (nee Wright) Stead, of Hinckley, Leicestershire, married October to December Quarter 1929 in Somercotes St.Thomas, Derbyshire (Belper District). In the 1921 census he was aged 14, born Netherfield, Nottinghamshire, a Butchers Apprentice working for Birtram Hool (Butcher), son of Henry Joseph and Frances Stead, resident 27, Sleetmoor Lane, Alfreton, Derbyshire. In the 1939 Register he was a Bricklayer, married to Millicent Stead with one son, resident 122 Strathmore Road, Hinckley, Hinckley U.D., Leicestershire. Buried in BONE WAR CEMETERY, ANNABA, Algeria. Plot VIII. Row E. Grave 9.

THURMAN

William A

No further information currently available

WEBSTER

George

No further information currently available

WOOTTON

Norman

Leading Aircraftman 1540110, 2823 Squadron. R.A.F. Regiment, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 24 July 1944. Aged 22. Born 9 September 1921. Native of Leabrooks, Derbyshire. Son of Frank and Edith Wootton, of Leabrooks; husband of Annie Wootton, of Leabrooks. In the 1939 Register he was a Steel Bender Concrete Works, single, resident with his parents, Frank and Edith Wootton, at 9 Chapel Street, Leabrooks, Alfreton U.D., Derbyshire. Buried in ALFRETON (LEA BROOKS) CEMETERY, Derbyshire. Section B. Grave 514.

Northern Ireland 1971-2000
FROGGETT Kevin Arthur

Staff Sergeant 24195666, Royal Corps of Signals. Shot and killed by the IRA as he repaired a radio mast at Coalisland RUC station 16 September 1989. Aged 35. Born 30 September 1953. Buried in BIRCHWOOD METHODIST PLOT, ST. THOMAS CHURCHYARD, Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, Alfreton, Derbyshire.

Extract from Ilkeston Express, Belper Express, Ripley Express and Derby Express - Thursday 21 September 1989, page 11:

Soldier killed

DERBYSHIRE soldier Staff Sergeant Kevin Froggett (35) of Somercotes was shot dead in Northern Ireland while he was carrying out work on a radio mast at an RUC police station. He leaves a wife and four children.

Extract from Nottingham Evening Post - Saturday 23 September 1989, page 5:

FULL HONOURS
FOR IRA VICTIM

STAFF Sgt Kevin Froggett, who was murdered by the IRA in Ulster a week ago, was buried with full military honours at Somercotes near Alfreton yesterday.

Sgt Froggett, 35, was killed by a hail of 30 bullets while repairing a radio mast at a police station in Coal Island, Co. Tyrone just a fortnight before his 36th birthday.

Tight security was in force as members of the Royal Corps of Signals paid their last respects to Sgt Froggett, who had served for 19 years, at St Thomas's Church near his family home.

Sgt Froggett was a married man with four children.

His brother-in-law David Smith said after his death: “He was proud to serve in the army and was aware of the dangers but was willing to do what he saw was his duty.”

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