Nowell, Rushton, Vickerstaff, Harris

  John Nowell, A. Rushton, A. Vickerstaff, Ted Harris (bottom right). Photograph from Cutler collection

Brother of Walter

Born 13th May 1890 in Radcliffe on Trent

Baptised 24th August 1890 at St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent (baptismal name Edwin)

Married June 5 1915 to Annie Sarah Sewards, (died 1961) at St Mary’s Church Radcliffe on Trent. Children Charles Edward born 14 September 1919 and Rosa born 19 October 1924, at Radcliffe on Trent

Date of death unconfirmed, possibly 1958

On the birth register and in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses his name was recorded as Edwin.  By the time he served in WW1 and in later life he used the name Edward.

1891 Census

Eleven month old Edwin was living in Radcliffe with his mother Sarah age 32, lace worker, sister Mary 11 and brother Richard 7. His father was absent on the night of the census.

1901 Census

Age 10 living on Mount Pleasant, Radcliffe on Trent with father, Charles 47, farm labourer, mother, Sarah, and brothers Herbert 15, cow boy, and Walter 7.

1911 Census

Age twenty living with family on Mount Pleasant. Edwin and his brother Walter were domestic gardeners and their father was a roadman working for the County Council.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 266070, formerly 3580 (1st/7th Battalion)

Military Unit: A Company, 2nd/7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters, formerly 1st/7th Battalion

Theatre of War: France; date of entry 28.6.15

No military service record has been found apart from his medal cards. The following information is from his medal cards, Forces War Records and the International Red Cross Committee POW records.

Private 266070 Edward Harris, 2nd/7th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters was listed as missing on 16.5.18 then found to be a POW.

He was released and returned to England on 31.12.18.

His POW record dated 6.6.18 when he was in Dülmen POW camp states that he was in ‘A’ Company, Sherwood Foresters and was born on 13.5.90 at Radcliffe on Trent.

His address was given as Bennington Lodge, Cotham, near Newark.

He was captured at Bullecourt on 21.3.18 and received a bullet wound.

He was previously held in Münster I POW camp which was outside the city in open farming country.

On 21st March 1918 Bullecourt village was defended by the 59th Division, but the Germans broke through and the village remained in German hands until September1918.

Medals Awarded: 1915 Star, British War and Victory

Other Information

The marriage register in June 1915 gives his name as Edward, stating that he was a Private and that his father was Charles, occupation roadman.

1921 Census

Address: Main Road, Radcliffe

Employment: gardener, Lt Col Birkin, Lamcote House, Radcliffe

Household: wife Annie, son Charles

1922 Register

Address: Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent

1939 Register

Address: No. 30 Council Houses, Cliff Crescent, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: jobbing gardener, heavy worker

Household: living with wife Annie, charwoman, daughters Mary L born 1921, embroidery machinist, Doreen born 1926 and a visitor Mary Sheldon born 1927, both at school. There are two other people in the household whose records are officially closed.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on  Trent Roll of Honour

Born and lived in Radcliffe on Trent.