Born 1889 in Cotgrave, Nottinghamshire

Married 7th August 1916 to Mabel Footitt, son Peter born 1921, son Allan born 1924 and daughter Vera born 1927

Died in 22nd April 1955, age 65

1891 Census

Age 1 living at No. 2 Wilds Farm in Colston Bassett with father George, mother Catherine, brothers William 9, Samuel 7 and sister Alice 4.

1901 Census

Age 12 living at James’s buildings in Cotgrave with parents, brothers George, 8, Herbert, 5 and sisters Sarah 9 and Mary A 15 months.

1911 Census

Age 21 living in Chapel Yard, Cotgrave with father George and mother Catherine, brothers, George 18 and Herbert 15 and sisters Emily 13 and Mary Ann 11. He is employed as a farm labourer.

1914: Member of National Union of Railwaymen

Military Service

Rank: Private

Service Number: 31510 (York and Lancaster), formerly 6331 (North Staffs)

Military Unit: 13th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, formerly 14th Battalion, York and Lancs Regiment, initially 3/5th Battalion North Staffs Regiment

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

11.12.15: Enlisted at Radcliffe on Trent, age 26 years 183 days

12.12.15: To Army Reserve

15.6.16: Mobilised and joined for duty at Newark on Trent

16.6.16: Attestation and medical history approved at Derby; age 27 years 1 month; occupation casual labourer; height 5ft. 5½ ins; weight 121 lbs; chest 35 ins; religion Wesleyan; physical development good

20.6.16: Posted 3/5th N. Staffs, Private 6331

26.9.16: Embarked Folkestone and disembarked Boulogne

13.10.16: Transferred to 5th Reserve Bn Yorks & Lancs and posted to 14th Bn Yorks and Lancs who fought at the battle of Ancre 13.11.16, Private 31510

16.10.16: Joined Battalion in the Field

18.2.17: Admitted 94 Field Ambulance: sprained thigh

22.2.17: Admitted 29 Casualty Clearing station: sprained thigh, left

5.3.17: Rejoined Unit

7.5.17: Admitted 51 Field Ambulance: Myalgia (muscle pain)

10.5.17: Admitted 42 Casualty Clearing Station: Myalgia

10.5.17: Admitted XI General Hospital, Camiers: Myalgia

21.5.17: Admitted 6 Con. Dep. (Convalescent Depot), Etaples: Myalgia

28.5.17: Admitted 5 Con. Dep, Cayeux: Myalgia

9.7.17: Joined 34 IBD (Infantry Base Depot), Etaples


16.10.17: Wounded in action. Admitted 93 Field Ambulance: G.S.W. (gunshot wound) back

16.10.17: Admitted 42 Casualty Clearing Station: G.S.W. back

20.10.17: Admitted 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen

22.10.17: To England per Australian ambulance ship Warlida: G.S.W. back

24.10.17: Admitted to Queen Mary’s Military Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire

Medical report: Wounded 16.10.17 (shell). Small F.B. (foreign body) removed from back; entrance wound and track excised. B.I.P-ped (?) and stitched up. Condition good

7.12.17: Discharged after 45 days in hospital and granted a furlough of 10 days

23.1.18: Posted Ripon

15.3.18: Posted 3rd Reserve Battalion, Sunderland

26.3.18: Deprived 10 days pay (no reason given)

2.4.18: Posted to British Expeditionary Force, France

2.4.18: Joined Infantry Base Depot, Etaples and posted 13th Battalion

6.4.18: Joined Battalion in the Field

28.7.18: Att 31 Div Agricultural Offices

2.10.18: Rejoined Battalion

10.10.18: Appointed unpaid Corporal

14.12.18: Appointed paid acting Corporal

6.2.19: To England from Boulogne. Trade: Farmer. Dispersal area 6b

20.2.19: Medical category A1

9.3.19: Demobilised. Rank Corporal on demobilisation papers, but Private on medal rolls cards

Specialist military qualification: Rifleman, Lewis Gunner

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

Military Personnel Address on 1918 Electoral Register

‘The Chestnuts’, Main Road, Radcliffe on Trent. Address also given on his demobilisation papers.

1921 Census

Address: Church Street, Cotgrave

Employment: Grantham Canal labourer for Great Northern Railway

Household: wife Mabel and son Peter

1939 Register

Address: 2 Smith’s Yard, Cotgrave, Notts.

Occupation: casual labourer, Railway Engineer railway repair staff

Household: living with wife Mabel, born 20.8.1889, son Peter, gardener at a private house, son Allan, grocer’s assistant and daughter Vera who was at school

Other Information

Will – died 22 April 1955 at 8 Church Lane, Cotgrave.

Reasons for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Radcliffe on Trent address in 1918.