Project Description

HERBERT FLOWER 1898–1963

Herbert Flower

Photograph by kind permission of family

Brother of Harold, George, William, Fred and Sam

Born 10th January 1898

Baptised 20th February 1898, St Edmund’s Church, Holme Pierrepont, Notts.

Married in 1925 to Dorothy Roe from Ilkeston

Died March 1963, age 65.

1901 Census

Age 3 and living with father William 39, a groom (domestic) at Holme Pierrepont Hall, born in Radcliffe on Trent, mother Agnes 38, born in Cartmel, Lancs., sisters Mary Ann 16, and Olive 11, brothers George 13 a farm boy, William 9, Fred 7, Harold 5 and Sam 1. They lived on Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

1911 Census

Age 13 living with father William, 49, a domestic chauffeur (Dr Campbell), mother Agnes 48, sisters Mary Ann 26 a chemical packer (Boots), Olive 21 a blouse machinist, Eleanor May 8 at school, and Marjorie Annie 5 at school, and brothers William 19 a bricklayer, Fred 17 a nurseryman labourer, Harold 15 a butcher’s apprentice and Sam at school. All living in a 6 roomed house on Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent. He is employed as a grocer’s errand boy.

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 44383

Military Unit: A company, 1st Battalion, Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment) known as the  Green Howards, 2nd (Rawalpindi) Division, India, previously 2nd Training Reserve Battalion (Sherwood Foresters, service number  67994).

Theatre of War: served in India so did not enter a theatre of war

Enlisted at Nottingham 6.6.1916

Age on enlistment: 18 years 5 months. Address: Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent. Occupation: Wagon labeller (railway). Height 5ft 5⅝ins, weight 100lbs, girth 34ins, rate of expansion 2ins. Next of kin: William Flower, father on Bailey Lane, Radcliffe on Trent.

6.12.16: Posted

7.12.16: Inoculation

11.12.16: Vaccination

15.2.17: Embarked Devonport

7.5.17: Disembarked Bombay

10.5.17: Joined the 1st Bn. Yorkshire Regiment at Rawalpindi.

4.12.17: Admitted to hospital, with malaria at Burhan

24.12.17: Discharged from hospital

16.9.18: Awarded a 3rd class Certificate of Education at Cherat

16.11.19: Proceeded to Deolali for transfer to U.K.

3.12.19: Transfer home from Bombay

22.1.20: Demobbed.

Medals Awarded

British War Medal. He was not awarded the Victory Medal because he did not serve in a theatre of war.

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Roll

Eastwood Road, Radcliffe on Trent.

Other information

Herbert became a porter at Ilkeston railway station after the war (Information from Herbert’s son Bob, who lives in Radcliffe on Trent). Admitted to National Union of Railwaymen, Colwick Junction branch on 24.7.15, age 17, occupation number taker.

From the 1939 Register

Address: Bingham Road, Radcliffe on Trent

Occupation: Railway Goods Guard

Household: Living with wife Dorothy and father-in-law.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Lived in Radcliffe on Trent.