HAROLD CHECKLEY CRESSWELL
Photograph from family collection
Born 1899 in Radford, Nottingham
Married in 1925 to Mary Ellen Concannon at Loughborough. Two children: Michael born 1926, who died when he was five, and Joseline, born 1934.
Died 13th April 1934, ten weeks after birth of their daughter.
Living in Old Radford, Nottingham, with father George, a cab proprietor, and mother Elizabeth nee Checkley.
Family living Holme Pierrepont, having moved there in 1906 for father George to be employed as a groom on the Manvers estate. Harold now had a sister Winifred born 1906.
Service number: 8000
Military Unit: Royal Field Artillery
Enlisted 27th February 1915
Discharged 21st September 1918, Silver War Badge number B347115
British War and Victory, SWB
There is story in his family that when Harold returned to Holme Pierrepont his uniform was so stiff with mud they stood it up in the garden.
His daughter Josie further recalls that when discharged he had such a lot of shrapnel in his body he was sent to Loughborough College (now known as Loughborough University) to recuperate and be retrained. There, he learnt woodwork and met his future wife Mary Ellen Concannon. They married in Loughborough in June 1925 and moved to Nottingham when Harold took a job with Pilkington Glass
They were living at Whatton Rise, Nottingham when he died.