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All Matlock Bath Casualties are also commemorated at Holy Trinity Church



1914 - 1919


Names on the memorial
WW1 Casualties of War


1939 - 1945



Frank Wigley BODEN
George William BODEN
Matthew BODEN
William Henry BRITLAND
Thomas Cecil BURDETT
Edgar BUXTON
John CLAY
Clarence Hugh COATES
Lewis George DICKINSON
William Henry ELLIOTT
Ernest ELLIS
William John FINNEY
William Henry GREGORY
Dick HARDSTAFF
Angus Walker HALL
William Ernest KNIGHT
Arthur Thomas MORGAN
Richard PICKFORD
Thomas Bertram REYNOLDS
John SEEDHOUSE
Alexander Anthony SIMS
Joseph STATHAM

Herbert BALLINGTON
Ronald Douglas BINKS
Cyril Rowland EDMONDS
David GRANTHAM
George HOWITT
Norman LAND
Angus Donald MOFFAT
Maurice Furniss MORTEN
Charles Richard MORTEN
Warren WALKER

Abbreviations
DoW - Died of Wounds
KiA - Killed in Action
ToW - Theatre of War
F & F - France and Flanders
M Bank - Matlock Bank
M Bath - Matlock Bath
M Dale - Matlock Dale
Mar - Married
NoK - Next of Kin
s/o - son of
Unm - Unmarried
WO - War Office
Those who died in WW1, 1914 - 1919 : further information
BODEN, Frank Wigley[1]
Born M Bath 1898 (in Kedleston in 1901, not with parents in M Bath)
KiA 18 Oct 1917, aged 19
Private in the 8th Bn.Yorkshire Regiment
Service No: 33604
ToW: F & F
s/o John William and Amy Wright Boden, of South Parade, M Bath. He was in the trenches when he was struck by a fragment of shell and he died instantly. He had only been in the Colours since May. Before that time he had helped his father in the family business ("Belper News", 9 November 1917).
Buried: Hooge Crater Cemetery, nr. Ieper, Belgium
Grave Reference: IX. C. 13.


There is more abour Frank Wigley Boden, his family and the impact of his enlistment on:

Matlock Bath: South Parade, 1909, & Boden's Baker & Confectioner

Matlock Bath: South Parade, 1910 - the Roads & Boden's Restaurant
BODEN, George William[2]
Born M Bank 1883
DoW 13 May 1917, aged 33
Private 8th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
Service No: 30622
ToW: F & F
s/o of William and Ann Boden, of the Gate Hotel, Matlock Bank; husband of Clara (née Chadwick) Boden, of Spring Cottage, North Parade, M Bath.
He and his family were shown at the Gate Inn in the 1891 census. His father died in 1896 (bu 4 Mar at St. Giles') but his mother became the Innkeeper and in the 1901 census George William shown as the Barman at The Gate. In 1908 Ann Boden transferred the license of the Gate to her son in law Frederick George Bannister, a former valuer. George William's mother and sister then moved to Eden Hurst on Rutland St.
He and Clara were married at Matlock Bath Independent Chapel (Glenorchy) in 1902. The family first lived in Portland Cottage on Clifton Road and George became an omnibus driver, working for William Furniss. They were still there in 1911, with the four eldest children. It is worth mentioning that the census shows she had already had an additional two babies, but these had passed away before the census. They moved to the very small Primrose Cottage up the Ginger Steps (beside Rose Cottage on North Parade)[3] when he changed employer.
The Matlock Tribunal which decided on applications for exemption from recruitment, held its longest sitting in May 1916. There were over 60 cases to be heard (C. Beresford has 30[4]). It involved the married men, of which G. W. Boden was one. "A Matlock motor garage proprietor asked for six months for one of his drivers, and he was given four months (final) ("Belper News", 19 May 1916). George William was by this time working for Hands[4].
Enlisted Matlock in 1916. George and Clara had 6 children by this time, although they had also lost three.
Buried: Etaples Military Cemetery, exactly a month after the web mistress's grandfather John Clay has been interred there.
Grave Reference: XXV. B. 15
See War Graves photos (Etaples) elsewhere on this site
Also commemorated St. Giles (with parents) More MI Info

Obituary. Derbyshire Times, 19 May 1917 (Matlock Bath soldier dies from wounds).
"News has just been received in Matlock Bath that Pte. G. William Boden, Lincolnshire Regiment, a well-known local resident, has died this week in a hospital as a result of wounds received in action. Deceased, who was 33 years of age, leaves a widow and six little children. He had been at the Front about six months. At one time he drove the 'bus for the Royal Hotel, and later filled a similar post at Mr. Furniss's livery stables".

Trade Directory entries showing the family at the Gate Inn:
Kelly's 1891 Directory (William Boden) | Kelly's 1895 Directory (William Boden) | Kelly's 1899 Directory (Ann Boden) | Kelly's 1908 Directory (Ann Boden) | Kelly's 1912 Directory (Bannister) | Kelly's 1916 Directory (Bannister)

  Matlock Bath's Glove Factory, where two of George William Boden's daughters worked.
When it re-located they moved to Chelmsford with Mr. Perry[3].
BODEN, Matthew[1]
Born M Bath 1876 and christened at Holy Trinity on 4 Jun 1876 when his father's occupation was shown as post messenger.
Bap Holy Trinity 4 Jun 1876
DoW 21 May 1918, aged 42. "Soldiers Died" states incorrect year of 1917 but he was not listed as a war casualty until his name was published in the "Derbyshire Courier" of 15 June 1918.
Private 6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 241473
ToW: F & F
s/o of the late George and Elizabeth Boden, of Matlock Bath.
The family do not seem to have been included in the 1881 census but were at Derby House by the 1891 census. Family living at Glenorchy Cottages in 1901 census. Matthew's father was buried at Holy Trinity on 18 Jul 1908, aged 74. The remaining family were at South End in 1911; Matthew was living with his widowed mother and was employed as a Mill Hand (Gasser). Brother also served Navy
He enlisted at Chesterfield. Unm. In early May 1917 he was listed as wounded.
Buried: Fouquires Churchyard Extension, nr. Bethune
Grave Reference: III. A. 5.

An enlargement of this image from 1900 shows South End, where Matthew lived ith his mother
BRITLAND, William Henry (Billy)
Born M 1899
KiA 22 Mar 1918
Private in the 3rd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
Service No: 41963
s/o of Richard and Hannah Britland, who lived in M Dale (see 1901 census). The family were still in Matlock Dale in 1911 and Billy was at school.
He enlisted at Matlock Bath. Unm. His sister, Minnie, married the great uncle of the web mistress.
Memorial: Arras Memorial, Bay 6 (see See War Graves photos (Arras) elsewhere on this site)
Also commemorated: St. Giles' Churchyard More MI Info
BURDETT, Thomas Cecil
Born 1891 Rutland Oakham (Billesdon Reg Dist)
KiA 5 Dec 1917 in Mesopotamia
Private 5th Bn. Wiltshire Regiment
Service No: 33358
In the 1901 census the family, who were living at the house on Devonshire Terrace, were wrongly recorded as Burnett. They later moved to 5 Clarence Villas.

In 1911 Thomas was living at 4 Police Street, Patricroft, Lancashire. He was a Warper in the cotton weaving trade and lodging with the Hewitt family. He mar Sarah Ann Slater 1914 at Holy Trinity, then moved to Stockport where he enlisted. 1 daughter.
Memorial: Basra Memorial
Memorial Reference: Panel 30 and 64

The Burdett family outside 5 Clarence Villas
BUXTON, Edgar
Born M Bath 1878
Bap Holy Trinity 15 Aug 1878
Died (Gassed) 27 Apr 1918, aged 39
Private 17th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) then 9th Sherwood Foresters
Service No: 41282
ToW: F & F
The youngest of the 8 children of Herbert and Elizabeth Buxton, of South Parade, M Bath. His father was Museum & Derwent Gardens proprietor.
Edgar apparently had shooting rights over Snitterton Hall Farm. In 1909 he caught two Bonsall men, Jno Martin and Francis Sudbury, who were trespassing and looking for rabbits. He summoned them to the Matlock Petty Sessions and both were fined ("Derby Daily Telegraph" 19 August 1909).
He joined the Army 1916.
Buried: Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, which is between Bethune and Lens.
Grave Reference: III. D. 2.

There are several references to the Buxton family:
See the 1881 census | the 1891 census | the 1901 census when Edgar was working as an auctioneer.

A selection of pages where the Buxton family are mentioned:

His parents

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CLAY, John[1]
Born 1889 M Bank.
DoW Friday, 13th April 1917, aged 27 in Etaples Military Hospital
Trooper (Private CWGC) 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars
Service No: 25376
ToW: F & F
s/o William and Jane Clay. Living M Bank in 1901. Husband of Ethel Lily Clay, of 1, Masson Rd., M Bath. 2 sons, 1 daughter. Enlisted Derby. Educated first at All Saints' and then at the Cavendish School, Matlock. Had been apprenticed to Hodgkinsons as a surveyor, specializing in land values for farmers, but went to work for the father of his childhood friend, Bill Furniss (no relation). He intended to open a garage with William Henry (Bill junior), but this obviously did not happen. Bill junior was with him when he was mortally wounded by an exploding shell at Monchy-le-Preux in the early morning of 11th April. The telegram was delivered by Police Inspector John Clarke, who had lost a son himself only a few months before (see Matlock Casualties). Inspector Clarke added his own personal condolences to the bottom of the telegram, which he hand delivered to John's widow. She was at her parents home in Masson Terrace and her children were all dressed in their best, either for Sunday School or a treat. Inspector Clarke then returned to Matlock to inform John's parents.
John Clay is grandfather of the web mistress.
Buried: Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Died in the Military Hospital there.
Grave Reference: Plot XXII Row G Grave 12

Obituary, Derbyshire Courier, 21 April 1917 (Matlock Trooper killed)
"Trooper Jack Clay of the Hussars, son of Mr. William Clay, licensee of the Old English Hotel, has been killed in action. Trooper Clay and Trooper William Furness, another local soldier, were riding together, when a shrapnel burst near[by], killing both horses. One of the deceased's legs was blown away, and a piece of missile entered his head, with fatal effects. Trooper Furness was wounded. It is a curious fact that on a previous occasion these comrades were both wounded at the same time, the deceased being sent to England. Trooper Clay enlisted in the early days of the war and proving an excellent horseman he was transferred to the Hussars. He was 27 years old and leaves a widow and three children. When he left school he went to work for Messrs Hodgkinson, auctioneers, but later successfully took up motor engineering. At one time he drove the 'bus for Mr. Wm. Furniss between Matlock and Cromford".


John with Bill Furniss junior in a motor charabanc before the war

Matlock's National Reservists & the Call-up Card

There are similar photos of the National Reservists in the Vernon Lamb Archive:

VLA4894

VLA5209
See War Graves photos (Etaples) elsewhere on this site
Also commemorated St. Giles (with mother) Read MI transcript

Letter of condolence to wife from his friend, who was with him when he was wounded (extract).
Official telegram announcing his death
 

Prince of Wales feathers
John Clay's hat badge which was sliced in two when he was mortally wounded.
The missing elements are
ICH DIEN and 10TH ROYAL HUSSARS
 


Official photograph, taken Easter 1928
COATES, Clarence Hugh[5]
Born Matlock Bath 1894 [?], but baptised at Llandysilio, Anglesey on 22 Aug 1897.
Lance Corporal 10th Bn. Hampshire Regiment (went to the Dardanelles as an 18th Hussar attached to the 10th Hampshires)
Died (of dysentery): 4 Oct 1915, aged 20, Alexandria
Service No: 6694
ToW: Dardanelles
Younger s/o John Thomas and Annie (nee Rowlands) Coates, Riversdale, M Bath. According to the baptismal register his father was a railway official.
Clarence was at Farley in both 1901 and 1911, living with his uncle and aunt George and Catherine Walker at Sunnyside Terrace, Farley Hill. In 1911 he was employed as a miller's clerk at Bailey's flour mill. The early death of his mother was probably the reason that the Walkers brought him up.
I have found Clarence mentioned twice pre-war news reports. The first was entering the children's races that were part of Matlock Bath's Coronation celebrations in 1902: "100 Yards Flat Race (boys under 9).—1. Clarence Coates" ("Derbyshire Times", 23 August 1902). The second incident was when he had left school. He had a brush with the law and ended up attending Matlock's Petty Sessions in 1912. "Cyclists Racing.—Robert Welch, Matlock Green, aged 16, and Clarence Coates, clerk, aged 17, of Farley Hill, were charged with riding bicycles furiously in Crown-square on June 18.—Defendants pleaded guilty" and were fine 7s. 3d. each ("Derby Daily Telegraph", 4 July 1912).

Buried: Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery
Grave Reference: D. 79.
Clarence is also commemorated on the Darley Dale memorial.

The Coates family:
John T Coates and Annie Rowlands were married on 4 Nov 1885 at Llanddanielfab, Anglesey. John's address was shown as Tor Villa, Matlock Bath. Like their slightly younger brother both Catherine Gladys and Richard Frederick were also baptised at Llandysilio, Anglesey. Annie Coates died, aged 35, in 1898 and was buried at St. Giles' on 11 May 1898.
John Coates and Clarence's brother and sister can be found at 7 Riversdale Cottages in the 1901 census. By 1911 Mr. Coates was still at Riversdale with his mother, sister, his elder son and a daughter. He was also listed in Kelly's 1891 Directory (Masson Road) | Kelly's 1895 Directory (Richmond Terrace) | Kelly's 1899 Directory (Riversdale | Kelly's 1908 Directory. Also see the 1891 census, before Clarence was born.
DICKINSON, Lewis George (Lew)[2] [6]
Born Sheffield 1878
KiA at Ypres (mine) 30 Sep 1915, aged 36
Second Lieutenant "C" Coy. 6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
ToW: F & F
Only s/o Frederick George and Ann Jemima Dickinson of The Dimple (Beechwood). His father had been a Matlock Councillor.
Lew was unmarried, but his fiancée was Miss Bate who had taught at All Saints'; the second reading of the banns for his marriage had just taken place when he was killed. He was employed as a railway clerk before the War, in the mineral department of the Midland Railway at Derby. He had a good tenor voice and had been a member of Holy Trinity Church Choir - see MI in that church - and was a prominent member of Matlock Operatic Society. He was well known in local musical and Masonic circles. Had been a member of the Matlock Territorials before the War and at its outbreak was a colour sergeant. He was a crack shot and had a fine record at Bisley.
He received what was described as "an exceptionally well-merited commission in his regiment", then serving in France, in 1915 ("Derbyshire Courier", 20 March 1915).
He was killed when a German mine exploded under the trench garrisoned by their platoon. In a letter dated 2 Oct to his parents and fiancée Lieut-Col. G. D. Goodman wrote "It occurred just before he would have been relieved, as we were leaving the trenches that evening. By his death I lose an officer who has always done his duty fearlessly and well. By his simple, manly, character, he has endeared himself to all" ("Belper News", 15 October 1915).
A Memorial service was held on Friday 8th Oct at Holy Trinity with the Home Guard, the Boys Scouts, representatives of the local lodge of Freemasons and of the various clubs he had belonged to. The shopkeepers closed their premises at 7.15 that evening ("Derbyshire Courier", 12 October 1915).
His name was included on a bronze memorial plaque unveiled by Lord Hartington in Matlock Conservative Club in honour of their members and stewards ("Derbyshire Courier", 5 June 1920).

Buried: Spoilbank Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference: I. G. 18.

T S Bridge tried to visit his grave during the war. See: Matlock: Thomas Stephen Bridge & his Family, 19th & 20th Century.
ELLIOTT, William Henry
Born M Bath 1885
Bap Holy Trinity 31 May 1885
KiA 26 Sep 1917, aged 30
Private 2nd/5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 202592
ToW: F & F
s/o the late William and Elizabeth Elliott of Scarthin (Mrs Elliott also lived Waterloo Road); husband of Sarah Jane Alsop (formerly Elliott), of 69A, Bolehill, Wirksworth.
He worked at Masson Mills and in 1911 was a Gasser. He, his mother and younger brother werethen living on Waterloo Road. Also see the 1891 census and the 1901 census.
Mar Sarah Jane Elliott 1912 at Bakewell Register Office. 1 daughter.
He enlisted at Matlock although he was then living at Sheffield.
His family had to wait 10 months for the official confirmation of his death[4].

Memorial: Tyne Cot Memorial, is NE of Ieper and one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders
Memorial Reference: Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A.
ELLIS, Ernest
Born M Bath 1888
KiA 18 Oct 1916 (latter days of the Battle of The Somme)
Private 1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
Service No: 29192
ToW: F & F
s/o James and Sarah, living Matlock Dale in the 1891 census and Dale Road in the 1901 census, later at Primrose Cottage, St. John's Road. Unm. Before joining up he was manager of Hunters' provision stores at Dronfield, having served his apprenticeship at the firm's Matlock store. His father, a Midland Railway employee, was initially notified that he was missing.
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, nr Albert, is the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme (see See War Graves photos (Thiepval British Memorial) elsewhere on this site).
Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 C.
FINNEY, William John [Jack][1]
Born M Bath 1874
KiA 15 Jun 1915, aged 41 by artillery fire
1st/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 241
ToW: F & F
s/o William and Lydia (nee Stone) Finney, of Temple Walk, M Bath. He had two brothers, Arthur and Harry.
See the 1881 census | the 1891 census | the 1901 census. He was still living at home and employed as a joiner in 1911.
He re-joined the Territorial Force at Cromford on 6 Apr 1908 for a period of two years, stating that he was a Carpenter and was then living on Temple Walk. He had two previous periods of service in the volunteer force, the first from 27 Apr 1893 to 24 Nov 1902 and the second between 4 Mar 1903 and 31 Mar 1908. He was re-engaged twice more. He was promoted to Sergeant, a rank he held between 11 June 1912 and 19 Oct 1914.
Having served for over 20 years in the volunteers, the authorities transferred him to one of the reserve battalions where it was considered his knowledge and experience could be put to good use. It meant he might not see active service so, at own request, returned to rank of Private on 22 Oct 1914 and joined the 6th Sherwoods. He served in France from 28 Feb 1915 until his death (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364). He was unm, but engaged.
Buried: Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (8 km south of Ieper).
Grave Reference: D. 26.
He is commemorated on his parents gravestone at Matlock Bath Holy Trinity (MI) (though his name is no longer readable).

"Derbyshire Courier", 29 June 1915:
"The news of his death was contained in the following letter, which was received on Sunday (27th June) from Lieut.-Col. Goodman:
"I much regret to have to inform you of the death of your son, Private W. J. Finney, who was killed in action on Wednesday. There were few men in the Battalion for whom I had a greater respect. He showed his fine spirit when he resigned his stripes in the Reserve Battalion in order to go on active service with his old Battalion. Your son was buried tonight (Thursday), in the British Cemetery near the trenches, when his funeral was attended by the officers and men of his Company. A cross, with an inscription, will be placed over his grave. I wish to assure you of the deep sympathy of the officers and men".
Pte. Finney was 41 years of age, and for many years had taken an active part of the affairs of the Matlock Bath Congregational Church, of which he was a sidesman.
Pte. Finney was killed whilst helping to repulse a German attack against the position held by the Notts and Derbys Territorials.
One of Pte. Finney's colleagues among the non-coms of the "Mad Sixth" writes:
"One of the best fellows who ever donned khaki has gone under with the death of Jack Finney. His quiet and unassuming manners and invariable kindness and consideration for the men in his command; his readiness to lend a hand to relieve an overworked and harassed comrade; and his total absence of side and freedom from the soldiers' usual habit of 'grousing' has engendered a sincere affection for him amongst all who knew him in his military capacity. His was a lovable nature and his name will never be forgotten by those whose privilege it was to serve with him."

"Belper News", 23 July 1915
Private F. Allen of Matlock Town wrote home about the night John died. He described a terrific explosion, the earth shaking for a radius of 600 yards and then the bombardment of their trenches which lasted for two hours with shells bursting all around the soldiers. "They were not all lucky. One poor fellow from Matlock Bath whom you know well got a nasty shell wound, from which he died before morning. He went unconscious and never regained consciousness, so he died a peaceful death".
GREGORY, William Henry[7]
Born Bonsall (Matlock) 6 Jan 1891 and christened at St. James' on 15 Feb 1891.
KiA 1 Nov 1914, aged 23 at Battle of Coronel of the coast of central Chile - the ship was sunk by gun fire and went down in the Pacific with all hands.
Stoker 1st Class H.M.S. "Monmouth", Royal Navy
Service No: SS/109106
One of the 9 children of Charles and Dorothy Smith (nee Buxton) Gregory, of M Bath (of Valley View, Upperwood) who married on 5 May 1879 at St. Giles'.
In 1891 three month old William Henry Gregory and his family were living at Church Stile, Bonsall. By 1901 they were at Town End and in 1911 his parents and 4 of his siblings were living in Upper Wood, Matlock Bath. William Henry was on board ship in that census, working as a stoker in the engine room on H.M.S. Suffolk, a 1st class armoured cruiser stationed in the Mediterranean and then positioned at Genoa in Italy. His naval record shows that he based at Vivid II (the navy barracks at Devonport) from 22 Aug to 13 Dec 1909. His first ship was the New Zealand but he returned to Vivid II. He was on the Suffolk from 2 May 1910 to 28 Oct 1912. He had two more stints at Devonport (again Vivid II), with a spell on HMS Endymion, before joining the crew of HMS Monmouth on 30 July 1914. He had been a carter before joining the Navy.

Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial.
Memorial Reference: 3
He is also commemorated Holy Trinity on a family gravestone.
His name is carved on Bonsall's war memorial and appears on the left hand rood screen erected by the Parishioners inside St. James' Church, Bonsall.
HALL, Angus Walker[1]
Born Grantham 1898
Died: 3 Nov 1918, aged 18
Private 9th (Glasgow Hdrs.) Bn. Highland Light Infantry - formerly 4/13988, 9th Sherwood Foresters
Service No: 242557
ToW: Dardanelles, F & F
Son of Walker Hall, who worked as the Pleasure Grounds Manager for the Urban District Council, and his wife Kate Annie (nee Nevison). They married in 1895 in the Auckland District (Durham). Walker died in 1950, aged 87 whilst Kate passed away in 1936, aged 74.
The family were living at 91, Coppice Road, Nottingham in 1901, where his father was employed as a furniture salesman, but then moved to Woodland Terrace. He was shown as a confectioner in Kelly's 1908 Directory, was letting apartments in 1912 in addition to his Council work.
Both Angus and his slightly older sister Dorothy were at school in 1911.
In 1911 a fund raising bazaar was held in Boden's restaurant in aid of the Glenorchy Congregational Church. Amongst the stalls was one called the Museum of Foreign Curios, and the two in charge of it were Mr. Fletcher and Master Angus Hall ("Derbyshire Times", 13 May 1911).
Angus enlisted at Derby and was shown as one of those from Matlock Bath serving by late September: Lists Through the Centuries: Men Serving King and Country, 1914.
He must have been just 15 years old, as his birth was not registered until the December quarter in 1898.
He was a PoW and died just after being released - only a few days before the Armistice was signed to end the war on 11 Nov 1918. He was Unm.
Buried: Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, now in Poland
Grave Reference: II. B. 9.
Charles Beresford of Matlock Bath was to visit his grave some eighty or so years after he had died[4].

Walker Hall was very involved with the Venetian Fete:

1950s

Boats
HARDSTAFF, Dick
(Dick on memorial and on floral tributes, Richard in CWGC records)
Born M Bath
KiA 1 Jul 1916, aged 21
Private 5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), originally in the 3/5th and later the 1/5th.
Service No: 4304
ToW: F & F
s/o Joseph and Elizabeth Hardstaff, of "Parade View," Matlock Bath.
The family were living at Sheffield House in the 1901 census and on Holme Road in 1911, when Joseph was a bricklayer and Elizabeth was a shopkeeper (confectionery). Curiously there is no Richard Hardstaff recorded in BMD records, but there was a Joseph and Dick was recorded as Joseph R in 1901.

When he enlisted at Derby on 9 Apr 1915 the address he gave was Parade View. He initially joined the 3/5th Sherwoods but transferred on 12 Oct 1915. He embarked at Southampton on 12 Oct 1915 and was in Rouen on 13 Oct, joining his until on the 18th. On 7 Nov 1916 Elizabeth wrote to the regiment[?] saying that it "cut the wound much deeper" as his private things had not been sent. She alleged that he had been sent many things from home including a wrist watch and ring he had been sent for his 21st birthdaynoting "which he spent in the trenches", seem to have gone. She did thank the recipient but would have liked his letters and photos returned. Another document for "Private A. H. Hardstaff" shows that his mother should have been sent his disc, tin box, safety razor in case, testament, comb, handkerchief. There was no mention of the items Mrs. Hardstaff was asking about (this from the Burnt Documents, WO 363).

"Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hardstaff, fruiterer, etc., of the Parade View, Matlock [Bath], have received official news that their son was killed in action 1 July. Pte. Hardstaff, who was 21 years of age last February, was a Matlock Bath lad. Before the war he was employed at the Swanwick Colliery, he had enlisted voluntarily about 12 months ago" ("Derbyshire Courier", 1 August 1916). He was unm.

Buried: Foncquevillers Military Cemetery (about 18 km south-west of Arras), with two others[4] He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Grave Reference: I. L. 44.
Also commemorated on parents gravestone at Matlock Bath - see MI.

There is more about the members of the Hardstaff family:

The Albion

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KNIGHT, William Ernest
Born Plymouth 1893. Enlisted York.
DoW 25 Apr 1917, aged 23. "Fell at Bullecourt"[4]
Corporal 2nd Bn.Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Regiment). These were better known as The Green Howards.
Service No: 9550
ToW: F & F
s/o William James and Sarah Jane Knight, of York House, M Bath. Unm.
In 1901 William, his mother and sister Lilian May (known as May) were living at 5, Ampthill Road Muswell Road, Bedford. He was the eldest of Sarah Jane's and William snr's seven children. The couple and their children were to settle in Matlock Bath before Maude Marion was born in 1905 and lived on Temple Walk, in one of the cottages below Orchard Road where they were in 1911. They later moved to Devonshire Terrace on Brunswood Road. William was living in the Military Huts or Barracks at Strensghall Camp in Strenshall, YKS. He was supposedly 16 and had the rank of Boy.
Both father and son enlisted and were both in France in 1915 when William was hospitalised (he had been reported missing, but had a" bad cold"). He recounted how, on Christmas Day 1914, he had an odd experience when fighting ceased whilst both sides buried their dead. The men emerged from the trenches, met, shook hands and talked to each other. William discovered someone on the German side had been a waiter in Glasgow before the War ("Derbyshire Courier", 9 January 1915).
The day before William was killed, the Sheffield paper published a report about the British Front on the first day of the Battle of Arras, which had begun on the 23rd. Between Lens and Bullecourt more German guns were concentrated than previously and "orders to the gunners was to give shell for shell. The moment our escorting barrage was laid at dawn this morning the German betteries were unleashed in unison as though expectant of our attack" ("Sheffield Evening Telegraph", 24 April 1917). The fighting was fierce with many snipers, especially around Monchy.

Buried: Bucquoy Roa Cemetery, Ficheux, Pas de Calais on the road from from Arras to Ayette.
Grave Reference: I. C. 13.
Also see Holy Trinity MI

William's mother and his sister May with her family, 1939
MORGAN, Arthur Thomas
(Arthur Thomas MORGAN on memorial, Arthur Thomas Holmes MORGAN in CWC and Soldiers Died records)
Born Bath 1880
Date of Death: 8 Dec 1917, aged 35
Private 1st/4th Bn. Essex Regiment. Previously joined ASC in 1916 (T4/235177). Had served in the Boer War[4].
Service No: 37205
ToW: Egypt & Palestine

s/o Tom Morgan, of Bath; husband of Daisy Morgan, of Beach Hotel. Sutton-on-Sea, LIN.
He mar Daisy Lakeman in Bath in 1910.
In 1881 he was living with his parents, Thomas and Blanche, at 14 Albert Buildings, Twerton, SOM. His father was then a builder's clerk. The family were at 5 James Street, Bath in 1891. Arthur Thomas Holmes Morgan was next in a U.K. census in 1911 when he, Daisy and his niece were at the Bath Terrace Hotel; Daisy was assisting in the business and his niece was at school. He had recently successfully applied for the final transfer of the Bath Terrace from Mrs. Watson, which was granted at the Petty Sessions ("Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 6 Jan 1911).
He advertised in both Kelly's Directory of 1912 and Kelly's Directory of 1916 when he was listed as the proprietor.
He enlisted at Matlock and when he joined the army his wife took over the business. She remained at the Bath Terrace for some years. In 1922 Matlock Petty Sessions granted the transfer of the license of the Bath Terrace to Wilfred J. Barker, who succeeded Daisy Morgan ("Derby Daily Telegraph", 29 March 1922).

Buried: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt
Grave Reference: E. 227.
Also commemorated Wells Cathedral WM[4]

Bath Terrace Hotel
PICKFORD, Richard
Born Melbourne, Australia
KiA: 14 Dec1915, aged 21
Private 10th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 14414
ToW: F & F
Second s/o Herbert and Eliza Jane Pickford.
Richard was living in Matlock Town in the 1901 census with his parents and four siblings. By 1911 he was living Matlock Dale with his 82 year old grandfather William (d.1915), his aunt Mrs Sarah Bentley and his uncle John. He was working as a Limestone Quarryman at that time. There was no sign of either parent in the U.K., but Richard was also with four brothers - William, Herbert, John and Samuel.

In 1910 Richard was one of eight young Matlock men charged with obstructing the footpath on Matlock Bridge, by standing there for unreasonable period on April 5th. The road had been in a very dirty condition, with ten or twelve people obliged to step off the footpath into the road. Each defendent was fined 1s. with 5s. costs ("Derbyshire Courier", 16 April 1910). He does not seem to have been in trouble at any other time. He worked as a labourer on the Midland Railway before the war.

Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. No known grave.
Memorial Reference: Panel 39 and 41.

His brother Herbert was wounded in the conflict. See 1916 on Matlock and Matlock Bath Newspaper Cuttings, Jul 1914 - Nov 1918
REYNOLDS, Thomas Bertram (Bert)[5]
Born Matlock 17 Feb 1896 and christened there 18 Mar 1896 (Matlock Circuit)
KiA: 7 Jul 1916, aged 20 - in the early stages of the Battle of the Somme.
Private 16th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 26962
s/o the late James Marratt (bu 2 Nov 1912 at St. Giles') and of Ada Winifred Reynolds, of Cliff Rd., M Bath.
The Reynolds family were living on Matlock Bank in 1901. In 1911 the family of four were on The Dimple. Mr. Renolds was still a porter with the Midland Railway whist his son was a Bookstall Boy, then working for W. H. Smith and Son who had a news stand at the station.
Bertie was admitted as a pupil and All Saints' Infants on 7 Apr 1902. His father's address was then Wilmot Street. His brother Archie started school in 1907, but the family had moved to The Dimple by this stage.
Unm. Connections with All Saints Church, Matlock Bank where his name was inscribed on the memorial.

Amongst the Matlock Casualties in early July 1916 was "Private T. B. Reynolds, Cliff Road, Matlock Dale, sharing a similar fate [to Sergt.-Major J. Walton] according to a letter received from Private Elis of Tansley ("Belper News", 21 July 1916).

Buried: Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, Pas de Calais (between Bethune and Armentieres)
Grave Reference: III. J. 19.
SEEDHOUSE, John[2]
Born M Bath 20 Nov 1889. Christened at Holy Trinity 12 Jul 1891
KiA 5 Jul 1916, aged 26
Corporal 1st Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Enlisted Derby, resided Matlock.
Service No: 11321
ToW: F & F
Living Upperwood in the 1891 census and the 1901 census. Grandson of George and Elizabeth Seedhouse. Mother Mrs. Steeples of Matlock Cliff. His mother, Elizabeth, had been a mill operative; she married William Steeples at Holy Trinity in 1907.
John had initially joined the 2nd Bn. Sherwood Foresters as Private 413/x/0, but went to India with the 1st Bn. for 2 years pre-war.

Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, nr Albert, is the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme (see See War Graves photos (Thiepval British Memorial) elsewhere on this site).
Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.
SIMS, Alexander Anthony
Born Matlock 1885 and christened at St. Giles' on 23 Aug 1885
KiA 29 Sep 1918, aged 33
Private 15th/17th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Service No: 265767
ToW: F & F
s/o Alexander and Jemima Sims; husband of Ethel Sims (née Wood), of 21, Old Hall St., Burmantofts, Leeds.
Alexander and Jemima (nee Davis) married at Glenorchy Independent Chapel in 1884. Jemima was born in Matlock Bath and christened at Holy Trinity on 8 Apr 1867.
Alexander Anthony married Ethel in Leeds in 1912. 1 daughter.
In 1891 he and his family were living on Church Street. By 1901 the family were living in Leeds - see Strays, Surnames S
In 1911 they were living at 1 Cambridge Road, Leeds and Alexander was a Car Conductor on Leeds Corporation Tramway.
Enlisted Leeds (Soldiers Died says he was born Leeds, but this is incorrect).
It is unclear why his name is on Matlock Bath's memorial but perhaps the family retained strong links with their Matlock relatives after they went to Leeds.

Buried: Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery
Grave Reference: V. A. 12.
Also commemorated at Matlock Bath, with his grandmother whose name is given as Eaves, but should be Davis - see MI
STATHAM, Joseph[2]
Born Starkholmes 1888
Died: 18 Oct 1916, aged 28 in Wirksworth Cottage Hospital, having been discharged from the Army.
Serjeant 1st Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment. Enlisted Pontefract in 27 May 1908.
Service No: 9197
ToW: F & F, Salonika.

Also served Hyderabad, India, as joined the Army in 1908 (census records show him there as a single man, although was was married).
One of the six children of Alfred and Emma Statham, who were living in Middleton when he enlisted in 1908 and the place he was eventually discharged to.
See the family in the 1891 census | the 1901 census.
He was a member of the Primitive Methodist Church.
Husband of Clara Statham, of 25, Green Hill, Wirksworth. He mar Clara Else at the Ebenezer Chapel in Wirksworth on 31 Aug 1907. As far as records show, Clara ands their son Alfred did not go to India.
The Burnt Documents (WO 363) state that he first enlisted as a Private in the Sherwood Foresters at Matlock on 17 May 1907 (no.10346), but was discharged (bought out) on 1 Aug 1907; his discharge had been purchased by his father. He re-enlisted, this time in in the Y and L Reg on 27 May 1908 when he declared that he had been in the Notts and Derbys Territorials. Before enlisting he had been employed as a railway labourer/platelayer although he had also worked for two years as a butcher's boy for Luke William Fox of Starkholmes. Mrs. Fox, who had known him since childhood, was approached by the Army about his character in 1908. The Foxes were next door but one to the Stathams in the 1901 census.
He was promoted to Lance Corporal in 1910 but lost his stripe the following year for not disclosing his disease. His mother wrote to the Army in 1911 to enquire about where he was. He was re-appointed to L-Corp. in 1912 and to Sergt. in 1915. He was posted to France on 15 Jan 1915 and served in the Mediterranean (Oct 1915 - Jan 1916), embarking for Alexandria in Marseilles and then going on to Salonika. He was admitted to hospital in Salonika in Dec 1915, suffering with severe rheumatism and dyspnoea, one cause cited as exposure; he also seems to have had valvular disease of the heart which first occurred in Loos. When he was finally discharged from the Army on 29 Mar 1916 his address was given as Upperthorpe, Sheffield and his previous trade had been a Railway Labourer. He was described as a clean, hardworking and reliable man by the officer and his military record had been very good. However, his state of health was only judged to be fair.

Buried: Wirksworth
Grave Reference: C. of E. 557.
His name is also inscribed on a large marble plaque inside St. Mary's Church, Wirksworth
Those who died in WW2, 1939-4 : further information
BALLINGTON, Herbert[2]
Born: 1918 Riber
Died: 28 Aug 1941, aged 23 - drowned in a bathing accident
Private 1/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment, Infantry
Service No: 4915999
s/o Herbert Ballington (d.1938) and Sarah Jane (née Fox) Ballington, of M Bath. Lived at Orchard House, Holme Road, M Bath but in 1939 his widowed mother and some of his siblings were living at Meadow View, Riber.

The North Northumberland Coroner recorded that he had "lost his life by drowning while bathing in Embleton Bay". The person he was with, Frederick Millington, saw him disappear well out from the shore. He described Herbert as being happy, laughing and joking on the way down to the beach. and last saw him with the water up to his chest. In the early evening two other soldiers found the body floating in the water and, unsuccessfully, tried artificial respiration ("The Berwick Advertiser", 4 September 1941).

Buried: Tansley (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Buried 2 Sep 1941
ToW: United Kingdom
He was also commemorated on the wooden memorial boards at Holy Trinity, Matlock Bath
BINKS, Ronald Douglas
Born: 1922
Died: 31 Aug 1943, aged 21
Sergeant 150 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service No: 1578540
s/o Douglas Valentine and Sarah Ellen (née Bond) Binks, of M Bath. Lived at 5 Rockvale Terrace
Memorial: Malta Memorial, which commemorates airmen who have no known grave.
Memorial Reference: Panel 8, Column 1.
See Matlock Bath Rovers/Scouts/Cubs pix1 | pix2 | pix3
 
Ronnie Binks photographed in 1932/2 as a chorister at Holy Trinity Church
EDMONDS, Cyril Rowland
Born Holme Road, Matlock Bath Nov 1921
Died: 25 June 1944, aged 22 (killed in a flying accident near Shepton Mallet in Somerset)
Rank: Sub-Lieutenant (A) H.M.S. Heron. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
s/o Cyril and Jessie May (née Rowland) Edmonds, Portland House, Clifton Road, M Bath; husband of Edna Minerva (née Rainsbury), of Ednaston. Mar 1944 at Brailsford. He had been educated at Matlock Bath Cof E and then at Ernest Bailey's Grammar School. He then joined Matlock Post Office as an engineer before volunteering for the Fleet Air Arm.
Buried: Matlock Bath Holy Trinity Churchyard.
Also commemorated on tyhe Roll of Honour in St. Leonard's Church, Thorpe.


Cyril Rowland Edmonds, known to his family as "Bub", was a member of Matlock Bath Church Choir.

Matlock Bath: Holy Trinity Choir, Procession of Witness, 1935

Matlock Bath: Portland House, Clifton Road

Matlock Bath: Royal Cumberland Cavern
 
GRANTHAM, David
Died: 24/11/1941, aged 18
Ordinary Seaman H.M.S. Dunedin, Royal Navy
Service No: P/JX 164254
s/o James and Helen Grantham, of Cromford.
Memorial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 50, Column 3.

HMS Dunedin (Capt. R.S. Lovatt, RN) was sunk at 1526 hours on 24 November 1941 in the Central Atlantic east of St. Paul's Rocks, north east of Recife, Brazil in position 03.00S, 26.00W by 2 torpedoes from the German submarine U-124. Only 4 officers and 63 men survived out of a crew of 486 officers and men.
HOWITT, George
Born: 1914
Died: 1 Dec 1943, aged 30
Private 2/5th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
Service No: 4862258
s/o George and Lilian Howitt; husband of Mary Lilian (née Bannister) Howitt, of M Bath. Mar Bakewell Register Office 1939
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Buried: Cassino War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: III. K. 11.
ToW: Italy
LAND, Norman
Born: 1916
Died: 17 Oct 1943
Rank: Private 5th Bn. Suffolk Regiment, Infantry
Service No: 4805393
Additional information: s/o Albert Land, and of Mary Ann (née Marshall) Land, of M Bath.
Buried: Thanbyuzat War Cemetery, Burma
Grave Reference: B6. Q. 7.
ToW: Burma
MOFFAT, Angus Donald
Died: 26 Apr 1944, aged 27
Sergeant Royal Marines
s/o Peter and Elizabeth Moffat, of Wirksworth; husband of Mona Doreen Moffat (née Stone) of M Bath. Mar Bonsall in 1936
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Buried: Wirksworth Cemetery
Grave Reference: Grave 1871.
MORTEN, Charles Richard
(brother of Maurice below)
Born: 1912
Died: 1 Apr 1944, aged 32 (reported missing in Jun 1944, believed dead)
Lance Bombardier 158 Field Regt. Royal Artillery
Service No: 987419
s/o Albert Morten, and of Florence May (née Hodson) Morten, of M Bath. Lived at Fairview Terrace. Educated at Matlock Bath School. Was a postman before the War. Killed by the Japanese .
Memorial: Rangoon Memorial, Burma
Memorial Reference: Face 2.
ToW: Burma
See Matlock Bath Rovers/Scouts/Cubs pix1 | pix2 | pix3
MORTEN, Maurice Furniss
(brother of Charles above)
Born: 1920
Died: 23 Oct 1942, aged 22 (reported missing in Dec 1942)
Able Seaman H.M. Submarine Urlique, Royal Navy
Service No: C/JX 203146
s/o Albert and Florence May (née Hodson) Morten, of Matlock. Lived at Fairview Terrace. Educated at Matlock Bath School.
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial
Memorial Reference: 55, 2.
See Matlock Bath Rovers/Scouts/Cubs pix1 | pix2 | pix3
WALKER, Warren
Born: Odham District 1909
Died: 17 Sep 1942, aged 33
Sergeant (Obs.) 149 Sqdn. Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (reported missing in Dec 1942, later confirmed dead)
Service No: 1432657
s/o George Elias and Alice (née Bolton) Walker, of Hazel Grove, Cheshire. A.T.I.
Buried: Gosselies Communal Cemetery, Charleroi, Hainaut, Belgium
Grave Reference: Row 1. Grave 29.
WW1 Casualties with Matlock Bath link not on the Memorial **New**
ALLEN, Arthur[8]
Born 3 Dec 1891 Scarthin, Matlock Bath and bap at Holy Trinity 22 Nov 1891
DoW: 25 Dec 1917, aged 26
Private "C" Coy. 1st/8th Bn. Manchester Regiment
Service No: 301558
ToW: F&F
s/o of Frank and Frances (nee Cotterill) Allen, of 82, Walter St., Harpurhey, Manchester and brother of Harold below. Frank and Fanny were married at Cromford on 15 Sep 1890.
His parents were living at Scarthin in the 1891 census and the family had moved to Glenorchy Cottages by the 1901 census. Arthur had been educated at Bonsall Boys School, but moved to Cromford Free School Mixed on 21 Mar 1899; he returned to Bonsall on 30 Mar 1899 but seems to have gone back to Cromford on 6 Oct 1892, having been at Matlock Bath in the interim. He was there for two years. He reached Standard V but along with the rest of his family he left on 16 Mar 1904 - "Manchester".
The family then moved to Harpurhey where Arthur was employed as a Lapper at a Packers in 1911. Enlisted Manchester.

Grave Reference: I. N. 19.
Cemetery: Chocques Military Cemetery
ALLEN, Harold[8]
Born 4 Aug 1893 Bonsall and baptised there 19 Feb 1896
DoW: 2 Apr 1917 aged 23
Private No. 2 Coy. 19th Bn. Manchester Regiment
Service No: 2241
ToW: F&F
s/o of Frank and Frances (nee Cotterill) Allen, of 82, Walter St., Harpurhey, Manchester and brother of Arthur above. Frank and Fanny were married at Cromford on 15 Sep 1890.
His parents were living at Scarthin in the 1891 census and the family had moved to Glenorchy Cottages by the 1901 census. Harold joined the Cromford Free School Mixed on 8 Oct 1901 having previously been at Matlock Bath; he reached Standard II but he left on 16 Mar 1904 - "Gone to Manchester".
The family moved to Harpurhey where Harold was employed as a Plaiter in a Bleaching Works in 1911. Enlisted Manchester.

Grave Reference: VI. G. 8.
Cemetery: Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty
CLARK, Charles Augustus
Born Matlock Bath 1 Jan 1886. Bap Holy Trinity Nov 1888 with other siblings
KiA: 1 Jul 1916, aged 30. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
Second Lieutenant 5th Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own)
s/o Arthur Clark, of Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, and the late Mary Francis Clark (she died earlier in 1916) and brother of Neville Arthur below. His father was the postmaster in M Bath at the time of both the 1881 census and the 1891 census. Also see Kelly's 1891 Directory and Kelly's 1895 Directory. The family moved to Kidderminster and then to Lancaster. Charles worked as an Accountant and was living in Islington in 1911.

Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 16 B and 16 C.
Memorial: Thiepval Memorial. This memorial, nr Albert, is the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme (see See War Graves photos (Thiepval British Memorial) elsewhere on this site).
CLARK, Neville Arthur
Born 20 Sep 1887. Bap Holy Trinity 25 Nov 1888
DoW: 28 Nov 1917, aged 30
Lieutenant 1st Bn. Coldstream Guards
s/o of Arthur and Mary Francis Clark (she died 1916) and brother of Charles Augustus above. Husband of Mary C. Clark (nee Gordon), of Maghull, Liverpool, whom he mar in 1916. His father was the postmaster in M Bath at the time of both the 1881 census and the 1891 census. Also see Kelly's 1891 Directory and Kelly's 1895 Directory. The family moved to Kidderminster and then to Lancaster. Neville worked for British American Tobacco, at first in Bristol and later in London.

Grave Reference: IV. A. 12.
Cemetery: Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt
FROGGATT, Frank Reginald
Born Eyam 1888
KiA 3 Feb 1917, aged 29
Lance Corporal 1st/4th Bn. Devonshire Regiment
Service No: 2703
ToW: Mesopotamia
s/o of John William (who died in 1910) and Kate (nee Dobbs) Froggatt, of Eyam where his father was a Grocer & Postmaster.
At some stage Frank lived in Matlock Bath and was a member of Holy Trinity Church Choir for two years. By 1914 he was in Exeter, where he enlisted, as he was a supernumerary in the Cathedral Choir[4]. He was not mentioned as having signed up in September 1914 but an article in a local paper said he was one of 15 choir members serving by Jan 1916.

Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery, Iraq
Grave Reference: XVIII. H. 2.
WATSON, Hugh
Born: Matlock Bath 1893 and christened at Holy Trinity on 4 June 1893
KiA 13 May 1915
Private 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars
Service No: 9586
ToW: F & F
The third of five sons of s/o of Robert & Rossetta Jane Watson. Robert was the proprietor of the Bath Terrace Hotel in the 1890s and three of the couple's sons were born in the village. Hugh was baptised at Holy Trinity 4 Jun 1893. The Watson's left Matlock Bath in 1894 and moved to Derby, where the two younger boys were born. Their father Robert died at Derby in 1899. The family initially stayed together and moved to Kidderminster but by 1911 they had split up and were living in different parts of the country. Rosetta Jane Watson emigrated to Canada after her three younger sons were killed and lived at 369, Hamilton Rd., Ontario. Her two elder sons (twins), who were also born in Matlock Bath, had emigrated before the war.
In 1911 Hugh was working as an apprentice chef at the Granville Hotel, Ramsgate, Kent. He enlisted at Birmingham, but resided at Leeds. His two younger brothers, Edward and John, also served with the British Army; John was KiA 1 Jul 1916 and is commemorated at Thiepval whereas Edward, whose name is also on the Menin Gate, was KiA 7 August 1917. At a memorial service held on 22 Apr 1917 in Holy Trinity Church, John and Hugh Watson were remembered, as was the web mistress's grandfather, John Clay.

Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient. No known grave.
Memorial Reference: Panel 5

Notes and references:

[1] One of the WW1 casualties commemorated on a brass plaque at Glenorchy Chapel that was unveiled after the Sunday evening service.

[2] Also commemorated on the Matlock War Memorial: See WW1 Surnames A - J and WW1 Surnames K - W or WW2. John Clay, for example, lived in Matlock Bath but was born and brought up in Matlock. John Clay was the grandfather of the webmistress.

[3] Recollections of the late Frank Clay.

[4] Beresford, Charles "The Bath at War, A Derbyshire Community and the Great War" (2007). Country Books/Ashridge Press. ISBN 978 1 901214 91 8.

[5] Also commemorated on the Darley Dale (Whitworth) War Memorial.

[6] Also commemorated at All Saints', Matlock.

[7] Also commemorated on the Bonsall and Plymouth Hoe War Memorials and in Holy Trinity churchyard.
See grave 153

[8] Commemorated on Bonsall War Memorial.


All given names above appeared in the High Peak News report:
"Unveiling and dedication of Matlock Bath War Memorial on 7 May 1921."
This can be read at County Hall Local Studies Library, now part of the Derbyshire Record Office
How to contact County Hall Local Studies Library


Not everyone who fought in the War died, of course.
Matlock Bath Men Serving King and Country, 1914 lists some of those who enlisted at the outbreak of war.




With very grateful thanks to Mr. Charles Beresford for initial help and additional material. Background research from "The High Peak News", GRO BMD indexes and FreeBMD, from returns for the 1891 census and 1901 census (click link to go to on-site transcripts), parish registers and family members. Names also compared with information provided on "Soldiers Died in the Great War" CD.

If you know any more about the above men, we would very much like to hear from you. Please email and in the subject line write Matlock Bath War Memorial. Thank you.