Project Description



Photograph courtesy of family

Born 16th November 1885 in Radcliffe on Trent

Married 30th July 1910 to Matilda Chester at Arkwright Street Chapel, Nottingham. Children: John Sinclair born 16.9.11, Ralph Chester born 13.1.15 and Jeanne born 1921.

Died 1960 in Nottingham district

Radcliffe on Trent School Register

Admitted 3rd July 1889. Father John, address Lamcote

1891 Census

Living on Back Lane, Radcliffe on Trent with father John, a milkman, mother Harriet, his sisters Ellen and Hester, widow Ann Vickerstaff, baker and grocer, (Harriet’s mother), and her daughter Ellen age 33.

1901 Census

Living on Hogg Lane, Radcliffe on Trent with father John, a milk dairyman, mother Harriet and his sisters Nellie and Hettie, both of whom are dressmakers.

1911 Census

Unable to find him in 1911, but according to his grandson John Nowell he was living in Shakespeare Street, Nottingham from 1910, where he continued to work in the family milk business. (His military records state his address as Dryden Street which runs off Shakespeare Street).

Military Service

Rank: Private during the War then Driver after May 1919

Service Number:  41780, later M/411224 (8.5.19)

Military Unit: 1st/4th Alexandra Princes of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment), 150th Brigade, 50th Divisionafter the war F Corps, Royal Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport); previously Gunner 174648 Royal Field Artillery for two months in 1916.

Theatre of War: France and Flanders, date of emtry 28.12.16.

Attestation: 8.12.1915

Age 30. Occupation, dairyman. Height 5ft 6⅜ins, weight 172lbs, chest 40ins. Address: 3 Dryden Street, Nottingham. Employer John Nowell, Dairyman, 3, Dryden Street.

Reserve 9.12.15 to 2.10.16; home 3.10.16 to 27.10.16

10.10.16: Posted – Gunner 174648 Royal Field Artillery

28.12.16: Posted to 12th Yorks Regiment and embarked for France, Private 41780

29.12.16: Joined base depot, France

6.2.17: Joined battle in the Field

14.5.17: To England: ICT finger (Inflammation of connective tissue)

15.5.17: Sick, admitted to Southern General Hospital, Dudley Rd. section, Birmingham

31.8.17: Discharged from hospital

1.11.17: Posted 13th Yorks

4.11.17: Posted 4th Yorks

12.11.17: Joined Field

27.5.18: Shrapnel wound to face and hand

27.5.18: Missing C.1602

Records state: ‘Prisoner of War: P.C. from Soldier seen’

The 1st/4th Alexandra Princes of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment) were fighting at the Battle of the Aisne when John Nowell was captured.

31.12.18: Repatriated

23.1.19: Posted to depot

Jan 1919: Granted 2 months Prisoner of War leave

4.3.19: Posted to Yorks regiment

8.5.19: Transferred from 3rd Bn Yorks regiment to Royal Army Service Corps, No.1 Reserve Mechanical Transport Depot, RASC, Grove Park. Light duty: pains in both legs.

Discharged 19.11.19, with pension of 20% disability due to Debility: 8s per week plus 4s 8d for wife and children, to be reviewed in 26 weeks.

Medals Awarded: British War and Victory

From the 1939 Register

Address: 5 Stratford Square, Nottingham

Occupation: Dairyman

Household: living with wife Matilda born 30.4.1889

Reason for inclusion on Radcliffe on Trent Roll of Honour

Born and grew up in Radcliffe on Trent.