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The Vernon Lamb Archive, World War One Recruits
A Unique Photographic Record of Matlock & District, 1910-1915, and World War One Soldiers

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Place: Matlock
Property / Street / Road: Matlock Railway Station
Date: 1914 (photo published in The High Peak News on 5 Sept 1914).
Description/Historical Information: Matlock Patriots. Hurrah for Derby. Three early recruits, en route for Derby, or returning from Derby.
The ones framed by the central window were Mr G Crowder, Mr H Holmes, Mr Stanley Cocking (who was the seventh son of Sergeant Cocking serving with the colours). All three young men joined the Lincolnshires. It is unknown whether the man in the left window was enlisting, but he looks bemused by what is going on.
Herbert Holmes, who is actually on the left, was killed at Gallipoli.
George Wisher Crowder, in the middle, was killed in 1916. [Note George William Crowder of Matlock did not enlist until Nov 1914, so this can't be him]
Stanley Cocking, on the right, had worked as a lift attendant before joining up on 28th Aug 1914. His Army Record (Burnt Documents) states that he had not previously served in the Army. He was demobbed on 22 Mar 1919 when his home address was Alma Villa, Cavendish Road.
Also see VLA5108.
Further information
elsewhere on this site:
- Matlock & Matlock Bath : The War Memorials
- Matlock & Matlock Bath Newspaper Cuttings, Jul 1914 - Nov 1918, 1914 - 5 Sep
where there is a brief report about the Cocking family.
Image Reference: VLA4895
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