The men of Matlock's National Reserve, photographed in September
1914, who were going to Derby on the train to enlist.
Amongst them was the web mistress's grandfather, John Clay; he
was twenty five years old and married with three little children,
all under five. He had joined the Derbyshire Yeomanry some six years
before, together with his childhood friend William (Bill) Furniss.
It meant that the two young men "were eligible to be posted
to Cavalry Regiments".
John and Bill, together with Harry Everett, joined the 10th (Prince
of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars.
Back Row, Left to Right:
-- | -- | -- [ was this Harry Everett?] | -- | Walter Richardson
| John Clay | William Furniss
Front Row, Left to Right:
-- | -- | -- | -- | -- | -- | -- | -- | Henry Clay (Hon. Sec. of Matlock's
Of the men identified above only John Clay became a Casualty
of War. Bill was to lose a leg but returned to Matlock and had a
garage and local bus service business for some years. Walter Richardson
also survived and was described as "a dear man" by my late
Posted in Matlock on 8 September 1914.
The card was posted at 8.30 p.m. on the same day it was published and
sent to the family home on Derby Road, Matlock Bath.
The sender, Henry Clay, was my grandfather's uncle.
are similar images in The
Vernon Lamb Archive, A Unique Photographic Record of Matlock
and District, 1910-1915, and World War One Soldiers. See the
Section on WW1 Recruits
see Empire Day, 1914