EDWARD ROCKLEY 1881–1929
Photograph from family collection
Born 1881, Radcliffe on Trent
Baptised 20th February 1881 St Mary’s Church, Radcliffe on Trent
Married January 12th 1909 to Louisa Forester, Shropshire.
Children: Frederick Edward born 1909, Freda M. born 1915.
Died 30 August 1929 in Ancoats Hospital, Manchester. He is buried in Radcliffe on Trent cemetery (Plot A061).
Age 3 months living at Spellow Farm, Radcliffe on Trent with parents Thomas, agricultural labourer, and Harriet née Simpson and sister Elizabeth 3.
Age 10 living at Spellow Farm with his parents, Thomas, an agricultural labourer, Harriet, a retired dressmaker, and sisters Edith 13 and Mary 11.
Age twenty a bricklayer’s apprentice living at Spellow Farm with his father, Thomas, a farm stockman, mother Harriet, sister Mary and boarders Arthur Woolley, a plasterer’s apprentice, and John Burden, a farm waggoner.
Age 30 living in Ivy Cottage, Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent with wife Louisa and son Frederick Edward, 1. Edward is employed as a bricklayer. His parents had moved with Edward’s sister to Devon.
Service Number: 36951, then 140480 Royal Army Medical Corps.
Military Unit: Northumberland Fusiliers
Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of entry 31.5.17, total war service abroad two months
Enlisted: Newark 9.2.1916
Occupation described as bricklayer on attestation paper, builder and contractor on discharge papers. Height 5ft 6½ins, weight 159lbs, chest 38½ins. Medical category AI
18.7.17: 142 Field Ambulance to no 30 Ambulance train, then to hospital ship HMAT Warilda (His Majesty’s Australian Transport). Shrapnel wound right foot/gunshot wound to toe.
18.7.17: 1000 units of anti-tetanus given
18.7.17: serving with 1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
‘Interferes with walking. Toe in state of extension’.
Entitled to wear a wound stripe
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In hospital 5 months: Grevillers in France, Leaf Square, Manchester and Knutsford, Cheshire.
14.6.18: Medical category BII 6 months light labour
28.06.18: Passed preliminary Bricklayer test, East Bolden
13.08.18: Examined without test and accepted as bricklayer, Trade Test Centre, Woolwich
13.08.18: Transferred to Royal Army Medical Corps, no.140480
13.09.18: Posted to London Sanitary Company Depot, RAMC, Blackpool
Disablement 20% reduced to 1%. Gratuity £30
He received a pension of 7/10d per week from 27.2.19. Records do not state how long this continued.
Details of his stay in hospital can be found in a transcription of his diary
Medals Awarded: British War and Victory
Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register
Eastwood Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Address: Eastwood Road, Radcliffe
Employment: Builder and Contractor
Household: wife Louisa, son Frederick, daughter Freda
1922 Electoral Register
Address: Eastwood Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Household: Edward Rockley living with wife Louisa
1920 directory: builder
Address at death: Eastwood Road, Radcliffe on Trent
Probate to Louisa, widow and son Frederick Edward.
Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour
Born, lived, worked and buried in Radcliffe on Trent.