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Remembrance Day,
about 1930
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E. ALLEN
J. T. ALLEN
T. ALLEN
T. ALLEN
Wa. ALLEN
Wm. ALLEN
G. E. ANDREWS
H. H. ANDREWS
F. G. A. ARKWRIGHT
G. W. ASHTON

F. BAGSHAW
H. BAGSHAW [S. H. W.]
J. BAGSHAW
W. BAGSHAW
G. BALLINGTON
C. BARNES
H. BARNES
W. BATES
W. BEARD
G. W. BODEN
S. BODEN
J. W. BOOTH
G. F. BOWER
J. W. BRADWELL
W. J. BRIDDON
J. E. BROCKLEHURST
C. BUNTING
O. BUNTING
F. BUXTON
T. BUXTON

A. B. CAMPBELL
H. S. CHECKLEY
C. CLARKE
H. CLAY
J. CLAY
L. CLAY [GL]
H. COOK
E. COOPER
H. COWLISHAW
Names on Matlock's War Memorial
include several relatives of the Webmistress.
Her grandfather was John CLAY
Photograph by Mr Terry Moore of Matlock



A. FARNSWORTH
P. FARNSWORTH
T. FEARN
J. FLETCHER
F. FLINT
O. FLINT
C. FOX
F. FOX
G. FOX
I. S. FOX
J. S. FOX
S. FOX

E. GIBB
G. J. W. GOODWIN
A. GREGORY
E. GREGORY
F. GREGORY
J. J. GREGORY
H. L. GREY
S. GROCOTT

G. S. HALL
W. HALLAM
J. HANDLEY
F. HAWLEY
J. H. HAYES
E. HAYNES
E. HENSTOCK
S. HENSTOCK
F. A. HETHERINGTON
W. HOLLAND
A. HOLMES
A. HOLMES-BOWER
H. HOLMES
J. HOLMES
R. HOLMES
W. HOLMES
J. HOPKINSON
E. L. HOUSLEY
J. C. HYDE

F. CROFT
G. CROWDER
G. CROWTHER

F. W. DAKIN
L. DERBYSHIRE
L. G. DICKINSON
C. D. DUMAS

W. EAKIN
G. ELSE
J. ELSE

Abbreviations
DoW - Died of Wounds
KiA - Killed in Action
MM - Military Medal
ToW - Theatre of War
F & F - France and Flanders
M Bank - Matlock Bank
M Bath - Matlock Bath
M Cliff - Matlock Cliff
M Dale - Matlock Dale
M Green - Matlock Green
M Moor - Matlock Moor
Mar - Married
NoK - Next of Kin
s/o - son of
Unm - Unmarried
WO - War Office
More about those named on the Memorial
ALLEN, Edwin
(an older brother of Walter below)
Born Tansley 1892 and baptised 10 Apr 1892 (Matlock Circuit)
KiA 25 Nov 1916
Private 7th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Service No: 17701
ToW: F & F
Third s/o William George and Agnes Allen of Holt Lane and one of 8 children. The 1901 census records the family at Chapel House, Tansley, with his father employed as a drayman and cabinet maker. Edwin worked as a Cow Man on the Tansley farm of Thomas Neville (1911 census) and played football for Tansley for a time. Enlisted Buxton 1915, when his residence was given as Matlock. His younger brother Walter was killed 5 months later.
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.1, Pas de Calais - 11 km. north of Albert.
Grave Reference: II. A. 17.
ALLEN, John Thomas (Jack)[1]
Born Beech Cottage, Hackney Lane, Darley Dale on 21 Oct 1878
Died 4 Oct 1916, aged 39
Private 2nd/4th Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers
Service No: 5486
s/o Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Allen, of Dimple Farm, Matlock* (his parents were Joseph and his first wife Mary Ann nee Spencer, known as Polly); husband of Louisa Alice Allen, of Yew Cottage, Dimple Rd., Matlock. Worked for his father in the family business as a carter, learning how to handle horses as a teenager. He was living on the Dimple in the 1901 census but moved to Dimple Road following his marriage to Louisa Alice Smith later in 1901. 1 son.
Enlisted Derby Aug 1916, after conscription was extended to married men on 25th May 1916. He was sent to Widford Camp, near Chelmsford. Training included digging trenches, attacking a dummy stuffed with straw with a bayonet, and going on 10 to 20 mile marches though the countryside. His first real experience of warfare came less than 2 weeks before he died. A Zeppelin was shot down by a Royal Flying Corps aircraft about 6 miles from Widford camp. It would be seen by all in the camp - it was said that when L32 was burning a newspaper could be read from the glow within a distance of twenty miles and the sky was lit up for sixty miles. Jack may well have been among the troops sent from the camp to guard the scene. He was taken ill at the camp and died from heart failure; his death certificate gave his occupation as "carter and horseman" (this from his g nephew, David Midgley). His cousin, Sidney A. Smith also died in WW1 (see his info on the next page).

Cemetery: Matlock (St. Giles) Churchyard
Grave/Memorial Reference: Spec. Memorial. He is commemorated by the top gate at St. Giles' church. There is also a photograph of the headstone itself.
Also commemorated St. Giles (Louise Alice is also named on the headstone) More MI Info


*The Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Allen named by the CWC refers to Joseph and his second wife Sarah, who brought Jack up. Jack's mother died only three weeks after he was born.
There is more about the Allen family:
Matlock: The Allen Family of Dimple Farm
Matlock: Joseph Allen and Sons Garage, Crown Square
 
ALLEN, John Thomas (Thomas*)[1]
Born Ilkley, YKS 1887
Private (Trooper) 3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales' Own)
Service No: 2126
KiA 17 Nov 1914
s/o James Allen and Annie (nee Knowles) Allen (she d. 1917). His family were living in Matlock Town in the 1901 census, though by 1911 were living on Cavendish Street/Road. Presumably this entry in the 1901 census was Thomas.
Enlisted Derby 9 June 1908, giving his occupation as a farm labourer and saying his NoK were his father, mother and brother Frank. He also said he had seven brothers. and is address at the time was Wildgoose Cottages, Matlock Moor. His employment sheet described him as "A hard working willing man. Honest, sober and reliable".
On joining the army he went first to Curragh Camp in Ireland on 12/13 June and then to Cairo, Egypt where the Battalion still as in August 1914. They were recalled, arriving at Liverpool on 18 Oct 1914. On 31 Oct 1914 they landed in France and on 4 Nov were under command of 6th Cavalry Brigade in 3rd Cavalry Division (see The Dragoon Guards in 1914-1918 - The Long, Long Trail).The Allens also lived at 3 Chesterfield Road, Beech Cottage Sycamore Road and by 1919 the family address was 4 Greenhill Terrace (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363). In a letter sent by the commanding officer, it said he was killed by a sniper whilst taking a message. He was a good sportsman and an excellent footballer.

Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, one of four Memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient
Memorial Reference: Panel 3
*He is Thomas on All Saints' memorial. His army records show him as John T or John Thomas, although he signed some documents as T or Thomas and was known to his family as Thomas.
ALLEN, Thomas
Born Clay Cross 1867
KiA 1 Jul 1916
Private 1st/5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 201101
ToW: F & F
He was living with his wife Agnes in Matlock in the 1891 census | in Scarthin in the 1901 census. The family later moved back to Matlock to live at Bailey Mill Yard the Cliff; he worked for Baileys as a Stationary Engineman. 2 daurs. Enlisted Derby. Resided Matlock. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and was one of eight men with connections to Matlock who were killed that day.
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.
ALLEN, Walter
(a younger brother of Edwin above)
Born Tansley (Matlock) 1896 and baptised 10 Dec 1896 (Matlock Circuit)
Private 11th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
KiA 28 Apr 1917
Service No: 29347
ToW: F & F
Living Tansley 1901
s/o William George and Agnes Allen of Holt Lane - the 1911 census records the family at 1 Chaplain Terrace. Enlisted Chesterfield. He had worked for Messrs. Orme and Co. before enlisting, although in 1911 he was an errand boy in a furniture shop (possibly the same store that employed his father as a van man).
He went to France in July 1916, aged 20, but was wounded almost immediately, was sent home but recovered quickly and returned to France. The Second Lieutenant who wrote to his parents after his death expressed his deepest sympathy, telling them that he was the best lad in the platoon. "His loss is deeply felt by the company, for he was never downhearted, and always willing to obey an order". He was killed instantly whilst holding the most important bit of the line. He was laid to rest in a quiet little cemetery well behind the lines. The press report that covered his death said that another brother, Arthur, was in France and their brother Bert, R.F.A, was about to leave for France.

Cemetery: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (2km SW of Ieper)
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. B. 25.
There was also a commemorative stone at the Imperial Road Church, but since it closed this is now in the Trinity Methodist United Reformed on Bank Road. See the MI there (scroll down).
ALLEN, William (Albert William)
Born Snitterton, Matlock 1896 (Soldiers Died and 1901 census say born there)
DoW 30 Nov 1914, aged 18
2nd Bn. Grenadier Guards
Service No: 16332
ToW: F & F
s/o James and Sarah Allen of Snitterton, Matlock (youngest child). Brother of Mrs. W. H. Furniss. Living Snitterton in 1911 and working as an errand boy for a news vendor but later worked for Mr. Phillips, the Crown Square hairdresser. Enlisted Nottingham in 1913.
The following was placed in the Derbyshire Times in 1917:
"ALLEN. - In loving memory of Albert William Allen, the 2nd Grenadier Guards, who died of wounds at Boulogne, November 30th 1914, late of Snitterton, Matlock.
[Verse]
- From his loving mother and Father, Sisters and Brothers
".
Grave Reference: III. B. 51.
Cemetery: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
ANDREWS, George Edward (Edward)
(Brother of Harry below)
Born Matlock 1895 and christened at St. Giles' 18 Aug 1895
Died 3 Oct 1918, aged 23
Private 1st/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 241577
One of the ten children of George Joseph and Annie Maria (nee Housley) Andrews, of 3, Buxton Terrace, Matlock Bank, Matlock. The couple had married at St. Giles' on 24 Nov 1886. George J became a Coal Carter. The family were living on Matlock Cliff in the 1901 census. By 1911 George Edward and his slightly older brother Walter were involved with golf; George was employed as a golf caddy whereas Walter was a golf pro.
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. L. 7.

He is not related to the web mistress
ANDREWS, Harry (Henry) [1]
(Brother of George above)
Born Matlock 1891, christened at St. Giles' 29 Mar 1891
DoW 18 Jan 1917, aged 25
Rifleman 10th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles
Service No: 43032
Formerly 43407, Sherwood Foresters. Enlisted Derby
ToW: F & F
A native of Matlock, he was the fourth of the ten children of George Joseph and Anna Maria Andrews. The couple had married at St. Giles' on 24 Nov 1886. George J became a Coal Carter.
Henry was just a month old in the 1891 census and they were still living M Cliff in the 1901 census
A baker at Winster by trade before voluntarily joining the Colours. Husband of Lilian Alice Andrews, of Cavendish Rd., Matlock. Had mar Lilian Alice Cooper at All Saints' in 1913. The couple had 3 children.
It had been reported two weeks before his death that he was seriously wounded, but he died after an operation. It was the third time he had been wounded, but less seriously on the two previous occasions. Four of his brothers were also serving when he died.
Buried: Wimereux Communal Cemetery
Grave Reference: II. C. 7A.

He is not related to the web mistress.
  Detail of gravestone
Detail of gravestone
ARKWRIGHT, Frederic George Alleyne[2] [3]
Born 23 Oct 1885
Died 14 Oct 1915, aged 29
Captain Royal Flying Corps
Secondary Regiment: formerly 11th (Prince Albert's Own) Hussars and was an officer (lieutenant) before the War.
s/o Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Charles Arkwright of Willersley, Matlock. Educated Eton and Sandhurst. Killed in a flying accident close to Glamis Castle. The Times (15 Oct 1915) reported that Captain Arkwright, together with Lieutenant Hardy, were attached to the Montrose Air Base. They had flown out from there but had to land near Glamis when the plane developed a fault. The following day a new propeller was fitted and the plane took off, but soon got into difficulties, circled and then crashed. For fuller account, read Charles Beresford's book about Matlock Bath's memorial[7].
His funeral was impressive (Derby Daily Telegraph, 19 October 1915). His coffin was first in St. Mark's Church and then in Cromford Parish church, where it was guarded by members of the Cromford detachment of the Derbyshire Regiment of Home Guards. The service was conducted by the Bishop of Southwell, assisted by other clergymen including Canon Kewley (Matlock) and Rev. Hazlehurst (Cromford). As well as family members, the mourners included the Duchess of Devonshire and J. B. Marsden Smedley. The firing party consisted of men from the Coldstream Guards.
Cemetery: Cromford (St. Mary) Churchyard
A wreath in his memory was sent to the memorial's unveiling service: "In proud and loving memory of our beloved son", Frederick and Rebecca Arkwright ("Derbyshire Courier", 13 August 1921).
ASHTON, George William[1]
Born Matlock 1886 and baptised 9 May 1886 (Matlock Circuit)
Private 15th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Died 28 Jul 1917
Service No: 47659
ToW: F & F
s/o Joseph and Martha Ashton (his mother had died and been buried at St. Giles' on 8 Nov 1907, aged 46). The family were bakers on Smedley Street, but George became a joiner, employed by Mr George Ballington. See him and his family in the 1891 census entry | 1901 census entry. He married Effie Florence Rand at All Saints' in 1912, but the couple had no children. His wife had been staying in Matlock until shortly before his death, but returned to London.
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, one of four Memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient
Memorial Reference: Panel 37.
BAGSHAW, Frank[5]
(Cousin of Harry and Jack, and nephew of Walter, all below)
Born Matlock 10 Aug 1894
DoW 13 Apr 1918 ("Soldiers Died" has 1918)
Rifleman 16th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps
Service No: R/873
ToW: F & F
s/o Thomas H and Mary A (nee Briddon) Bagshaw (husband buried St. Giles' 14 Dec 1900, wife buried 1 Feb 1905). Frank was living on Chesterfield Rd in 1901 with his mother and siblings and was registered at All Saints' School by his mother on 8 Nov 1904. The family were then of Upper Hackney. By 1911 he was with his uncle Joseph King Bagshaw and employed as a Nurseryman. Enlisted Birmingham, where he had been working as a Labourer, on 1 Sep 1914, aged 20. He went to France on 15 July 1915. Only a few days before he died, on 6th April, he was admonished and fined 1/- [one shilling] for losing a pair of braces by neglect. His records show that he was first posted as missing and then accepted as dead on 13 April 1918. His NoK in the U.K. was his sister May Elizabeth of Smedley Cottages, Dimple, Matlock and later of 3 Bailey Cottages, Tansley Road, Matlock (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364). May later emigrated to Canada. Two of Frank's brothers, Thomas Harold (Tom) and Fredrick Henry (Fred), had been sent to Portland, Oregon as children in 1902, embarking at Liverpool. His third brother, John Percival (Percy), is known to have gone to Canada. All three brothers served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in WW1 and all survived.
Memorial: Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium
Memorial Reference: Panel 8.
 


There is no photograph of Frank.
Family members in the U.K.
would be very grateful to anyone who could help them in their quest
for a picture.
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BAGSHAW Harry (Samuel Henry Wakefield)[1] [5]
(brother of Jack below and cousin of Frank above)
Born Matlock 12 Jul 1891
KiA 1 Jul 1916, aged 24
ToW: F & F
Lance Corporal 1st/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 1804
Third s/o Samuel and Ellen Bagshaw, of Kelvin Side, Dimple, Matlock. Family living on Bank Road in the 1901 census but later moved to the Dimple. When he was registered as a pupil on 8 Apr 1895 at All Saints' the family were of "The Dimple". Harry worked as a Mason by J. W. Wildgoose (builder and contractor) before the War. He had played for Matlock Town F. C. as full back in the matches of the Matlock and District League; his father Sam had also played football. He enlisted at Matlock.

In May 1915 he wrote a rather telling account of Army life to George Buckley, who worked for Phillips, the Crown Square hairdresser:
"Just a line to let you know I am in the pink, hoping you are the same. I am writing this in a dug-out in the trenches, and shells are bursting about 100 yards off, but we get quite used to it. I have had a football from the secretary of the Matlock Club (Mr. Wrigley), and we have had some fine sport with it. I have also seen T. Gregory and he looks fine. I think this part of the Globe suits me, only it is so hot. We are in the trenches four miles from ___, where we go to rest for four days. They call it rest, but we have to go to the trenches on fatigue three nights out of four. It is a small village, but in a lovely part of the country ruined by shells. You cannot go 200 yards in Belgium but what you see places ruined by shell fire. It is awful to see people tramping from Ypres, old men and women that can hardly walk, carrying what few belongings they can get away. The people in England cannot realise what it is like out here. ... At the time of writing Jack Vallance has got his coat off and is making a dug-out, and he wishes to be remembered to you and Mr. Phillips. We are quite happy and get plenty of good food. I think we had better some out, as we have to cut one another's hair and get it cropped with shears. Hoping you and all old friends are in the best of health" (High Peak News, 22 May 1915, kindly sent by Richard Bagshaw from the family archive).

He was gassed and then caught pneumonia a short time afterwards, writing home from his London hospital bed to his fiancée Miss E A Towndrow (see the 1901 census) of Bakewell Road:
"You will see from the address that I have landed in England. I am in hospital with pneumonia, and was brought out of the trenches and put in a barn until night time, and then they took me to Boulogne. I don't know how long I shall be here, but I think about three weeks from now. I don't know how I got it without it was through getting gassed slightly and then catching cold after it. But poor me, I have to be fed on brandy and milk, and it is worse than awful to lie on my back all day. ..." (High Peak News, 19 June 1915, also from Richard Bagshaw).

He subsequently wrote to his mother that "although he was slightly gassed he had gone to skin and bone". The newspaper report (undated) commented that "those who know what a fine physique Lance-Corpl. Bagshaw had will be able to realise from this the effect that the Germans' diabolical methods even when they fall short of what they are intended to accomplish".

He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and was one of eight men with connections to Matlock who were killed that day.
Cemetery: Fonquevillers Military Cemetery (18km south-west of Arras)
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. L. 23.
 

BAGSHAW, Jack (John Leslie)[1]
(brother of Harry and cousin of Frank, both above)
Born Matlock 28 Dec 1894
KiA 5 Sep1915
Private 1st Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers. Formerly 18377 Notts & Derbys Regt.
Service No: 24078
ToW: Balkan (Gallipoli)
The second s/o Samuel and Ellen Bagshaw, of Kelvin Side, Dimple, Matlock. Family living on Bank Road in the 1901 census but later moved to the Dimple. They were shown there when Jack began attending All Saints' School on 1 Apr 1901. Jack's first job was with White's of Chesterfield. He then became a Page at Rockside Hydro (1911 census) and ended up as a lift attendant at the hydro. He enlisted at Chesterfield in August 1914, aged 20, and was drafted to the Dardanelles.

The High Peak News of 15 Sep 1915 reported his death and included his last letter home, partly extracted below:
"... I am in the pink and hope all at home are the same. The Battalion are out of the trenches for a rest. I don't know when we shall go in. We had a good reception the first day. We started to dig holes in the ground to sleep in and the shells started flying around. ... I am also getting plenty of Bully beef and biscuits, and we have had one slice of bread so far for the two days ..." (also sent by Richard Bagshaw).

Cemetery: Azmak Cemetery, Suvla, Turkey
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. A. 2.
 
BAGSHAW, Walter
(uncle of Frank, son of his brother Thomas Henry, and Harry and Jack, sons of his brother Samuel - all named above)
Born M Bank 1881
KiA 19 Dec 1914, aged 33
Service No: 6444
Lance Corporal 2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
ToW: F & F
s/o the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bagshaw; husband of Mary Dagmar Bagshaw, of 109, Solihull Rd., Sparkhill, Birmingham. Living Jackson Road in the 1891 census. His parents were living on Industrial Road in 1901. Mar Mary Dagmar Crossland of Starkholmes at St Giles in 1910 and was living at Austin Street, Aston in 1911 and worked for Dunlop Tyre Co as a Rubber Moulder. Enlisted Derby, residence Birmingham.
At the time of his death five of his nephews were serving in the Army.
Memorial: Ploegsteert Memorial, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium
Memorial Reference: Panel 2 and 3.
Also commemorated on son John Edward's headstone at St. Giles (Dagmar also named). John Edward died in 1918, aged 5. More Info

Obituary, High Peak News, not dated (Former Matlock Tram Conductor Killed).
"The war has brought sorrow to another Matlock family several members of which are preparing for active service. Last weekend news was received that Lance-Corpl. Water Bagshaw, of the Royal Warwicks, had been killed in action of the 18th or the 19th of December.
When the war broke out, Lance-Corpl. Bagshaw was a Reservist and employed at the Dunlop Rubber Works, Birmingham. He had served for twelve years in the regular Army and his term on the Reserve was to have been completed on the 6th December. He was, of course, called up, and after being stationed in the Isle of Wight, proceeded to the Front on the 1st November, just previously to which he had been promoted from private to Lance-Corpl. The deceased was always keen on Army life, and succeeded in enlisting when only 16 years of age. Before joining the Army he had been a conductor on the Matlock Trams. Upon leaving the Colours, Lance Corpl. Bagshaw married Miss Crossland, of Starkholmes. She survived him, with two children. Deceased was 33 years of age.
..."

There seems to have been some initial confusion about his death. His widow had written to the War Office and the Captain of the Warwickshire Regiment. Whilst the former could not help, the latter wrote "I beg to inform you that Lance Corporal Walter Bagshaw has been missing since 18th December 1914 and may be a prisoner of war in Germany" (Derbyshire Times, 30 Jan 1915).

Shortly before his death he'd written to his Matlock relatives to say "I am quite well, only it is rather cold with frost and snow. We are lucky to get a wash and have a shave once a week whilst we are in the firing line and trenches and it will be quite a treat to et undressed again, as I have not been undressed properly since I came up in August, so you can tell how I feel. ..."

His brother John Bagshaw also placed an announcement of his death in the Manchester Evening Chronicle on 18th Jan 1915.
(All newspaper reports kindly sent by Richard Bagshaw).
 

BALLINGTON, George
Born Riber, Matlock 1883
DoW 3 Oct 1918
Private 8th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 241555
s/o George and Sarah E. Ballington of Riber and living Riber in the 1891 census | the 1901 census. Mar Mary Wilson at St. Giles in 1907 and in 1911 they were living at Wards End and George was a Limestone Quarryman, although he also seems to have helped his father with the nursery work.
He and his brother both enlisted at Matlock in Oct 1914, but by then George lived in New Street, Bakewell. He was wounded in Nov 1917, a few weeks after his brother G. E. Ballington was severely gassed. He was taken to hospital in Manchester ("Derbyshire Times", 22 December 1917).
When he was wounded in again in 1918 he was hit in the hip but the gunshot had also penetrated his abdomen. He had seen 4 years' service and had been seriously wounded before but it is not clear whether the 1917 hospitalisation was the only time he had been wounded before. He left a widow and six young children.
Buried: Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy, Aisne
Grave Reference: III. C. 7.
BARNES, Cirtees[1]
Born 1882 Belper and baptised there 1 Nov 1882
Died 26 Apr 1918, aged 35
Private M.T. Army Service Corps
Service No: M/318833
s/o Henry and Sarah Barnes; husband of Sarah Ellen Barnes, of 3, Cawdor Terrace, Bakewell Rd., Matlock. He was living at 116 Walbrook Road Derby with his widowed mother and four siblings in 1911, so did not arrive in Matlock until after then. He mar Sarah E Muir at St Giles in 1912 and was a Grocery Manager. The couple had 2 children. His brother in law, John Jonas Bown Muir, was also a casualty of the war.
Cemetery: Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania
Grave/Memorial Reference: 7. A. 8.
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).
BARNES, Henry[1] [5]
Born M Moor 1899 and christened at Tansley 29 Oct 1900
Private 2nd Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
DoW 02 Jul 1918
Service No: 44581
ToW: F & F
s/o James and Sarah (nee Wagstaffe) Barnes. His parents were staying on Matlock Moor with Sarah's widowed mother in the 1901 census but it unclear where Henry was. Perhaps the Enumerator forgot to include him! Henry, his parents and four younger siblings were all living on Matlock Moor in 1911, and Henry was still at school.
Enlisted Matlock.
Cemetery: Sissonne British Cemetery, Aisne
Grave/Memorial Reference: P. 5.
BATES, William[1] / FLINT, George William Peach
Whilst William is listed on the memorial with the surname Bates, records show him as both Bates and Flint
Born Ashbourne 1882 and christened there 26 Nov 1882 (as Flint)
DoW 25 August 1918
Private 1st Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
Service No: 204185
ToW: F & F
s/o Lucy Bates and step son of Charles Bates. Living on Mill Road, Cromford in the 1891 Census. Living on the Dimple in the 1901 census. In 1911 he was living (as Flint) at Underwood Terrace in Darley and working as a farm labourer. He was married by then, with three children and three more were to follow. He had married (as Flint) Mary Ann Holmes of Smedley Street at Bakewell Register Office in 1910. Enlisted Matlock.
Cemetery: Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt, Somme
Grave Reference: VI. C. 25.

Lucy Flint and Charles Bates mar at Wirksworth in 1887. In 1881 Lucy Flint was working at the Cock Inn, Clifton And Compton in Ashbourne for George Peach and his son George. Lucy Bates died in 1910 and William's stepfather moved to Mansfield to live with a son from his first marriage. William's sister Winifred worked at the Swan Hotel, Church Street, Mansfield.
BEARD, William Edward[1]
Born Buxton 16 Sep 1894. Living Ecclesall Bierlow, YKS in 1901
Died 27 Mar 1919 at his home in Matlock, aged 24
Private Depot Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 13281
s/o Robert Henry and Elizabeth Beard (nee Lewis) but NoK given as Mrs. Elizabeth Beard, of Greensville, Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Mrs. Beard was born Matlock and the family later lived both on Smedley Street and at Surbiton Terrace, Cavendish Road. The Admissions Register for All Saints' shows that he moved from Sheffield, initially living on The Dimple, and began at the school on 19 Jan 1903 but also records that he was delicate.
William was badly injured in the Dardanelles campaign, losing an arm and a leg, and was discharged from the Army; his brother Robert had been on the battlefield with him. In late 1918 he mar Mary Trickett in Sheffield where he was employed but died not long afterwards. His funeral at St. Giles was a large military one, attended by 200 soldiers and sailors who were on leave, had been discharged or had been demobilised.
Cemetery: Matlock (St. Giles) Churchyard (just initials on headstone) More MI Info
Also see Matlock & Matlock Bath Newspaper Cuttings, Jul 1914 - Nov 1918 (1917)

High Peak News, no date, but 1915 (Tragedy of the War. Private W. E. Beard)
"Private William Edward Beard, who is now invalided home from the Army, lost a leg and an arm in the Dardanelles campaign. His brother, Private R. H. Beard, fought by his side, and he tended his wounded brother - a unique incident in the great war. The brothers Beard were painters. Their mother, Mrs. Beard, resides in Smedley Street West.
Our brave soldier wrote home the sad news in the cheeriest of terms. In fact, on the ship he came back to England by he was known as the pluckiest invalid on board. He will be given a splendid welcome home
".
(Newspaper report kindly sent by Richard Bagshaw)

Obituary, Derbyshire Courier, 5 April 1919 (Military Funeral. Matlock Man who was wounded at the Dardanelles.)
"Close on 200 soldiers and sailors on leave, discharged soldiers and demobilised men attended the funeral at Matlock Church on Monday of ex-Private William Edward Beard, of the 9th Sherwood Foresters, who died at his home at Matlock from the result of wounds contracted in the Dardanelles campaign. Deceased, who was only 24, and was the son of Mrs. Beard of Cavendish-road, Matlock, was so badly injured in an attack on a Turkish position as to necessitate the amputation of an arm and a leg. He was the first Matlock man to be discharged from the army through wounds received in the war, and he was a well-known figure about the place. ... The cortege was headed by the Matlock Prize Band, which was specially augmented for the occasion, and the body was borne by a party of soldiers from Normanton Barracks, Derby, the coffin being draped with the Union Jack. ..."
 
BODEN, George William[4]
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)[6] 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[7]). 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[7].
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[5].
BODEN, Samuel (Sam)[1] [5]
Born Matlock 1895
KiA 9 Feb 1917, aged 21
Service No:70604
ToW: F & F
Private 2nd Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
s/o Samuel and Hannah Boden, of 1, Cavendish Rd., Matlock Bank. Living No1 Oddfellows Terrace Cavendish St in the 1901 census. His father, who was a stone mason, died in 1903. In 1911 Sam was a coal merchant's errand boy.
He was rejected on two or three occasions before he entered the Army under the Derby Scheme. He was one of the Sherwood Foresters who was sent to Ireland in the Rebellion after a short period at Watford, and eventually went to France. On 14 Feb 1917 the War Office informed Mrs. Boden that Samuel had been killed in action. ("Derbyshire Courier", 17 February 1917).
It had fallen to the lot of his younger brother, Private Oliver Boden, to be the first to tell their mother of Samuel's fate on 9 Feb. "My dear brother passed away this morning". He wrote again two days later. "My brother was buried in a lovely cemetery just behind the lines today, and I was present at his funeral. He is buried along with nine others, but has a separate grave. His death was instantaneous - he had a smile on his face. It is a great blow to us all" (Derbyshire Courier, 27 February 1917)
Cemetery: Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais (10 km north-west of Lens)
Grave/Memorial Reference: V. C. 33.
BOOTH, John William
[CWG has William]
Born Matlock 1894 (christened, as John Willie, at St. Giles' 20 Dec 1894, mother's name only given)
KiA 8 May 1915
Private 1st Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment
Service No: 18685
s/o George and Emily Booth, who were living at Stoney Way with two children in the 1891 census. As George Booth was buried at St. Giles' on 18 Aug 1892 and John William was not born until a couple of years later, he cannot have been the boy's father although his name appears as such in some records. In 1901 Emily, now Emily Smith, was living at Top Mill Tansley with 4 children, including William. See Strays, Surnames B
She later moved to Starkholmes. John William was adopted at the age of seven by his aunt Matilda, wife of John Brookes of Rockley Lodge, Worsborough Bridge, near Barnsley. He worked with his uncle as an assistant gamekeeper on the Stainsborough Estate. He enlisted, as William Booth, at Pontefract on 2 Feb 1915.
He was posted to France on 1 May 1915, reported as wounded and then missing on the 8th and was regarded as having died in the Field after only 118 days in the Army and just 8 days in France. The vicar of Barnsley had to write to the War Office for clarification on his relatives' behalf as the only information they had for quite some time was that he was missing (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363).
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, one of four Memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.
Memorial Reference: Panel 36 and 55.
BOWER, George Fenwick
Born Ashover 1897 and christened there 6 Oct 1897
Died 13 Oct 1916, aged 19
Private "D" Coy. 2nd Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 70653
s/o Joseph and Amy Bower, of Whitbank, Alton, Tupton, Chesterfield. The family lived for some years in Ashover before moving to Matlock Green. In 1911 George was employed as a Draper's Errand Boy but then worked for Messrs. Drabble for several years. Joined colours in August 1914. He was in England for 12 months before joining the 2nd Sherwood Foresters in France. Some months later he was given leave as he contracted trench fever, but returned to France with another Battalion of the SFs. His adopted brother was to die just over a fortnight after he did. See Albert Holmes Bower below.
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.
BRADWELL, John Wilfred
Born Matlock 1897
DoW 3 Dec 1917, aged 20
Private 2nd Bn. Coldstream Guards
Service No: 18908
ToW: F & F
A native of Matlock and s/o John Edward and Annie Verena (nee Oliver) Bradwell, of 10, Forster Rd., Heeley, Sheffield. The couple has married at St. Giles' on 27 December 1891 and John was a greengrocer's assistant.
The family were living Matlock Town 1901, though had moved to Matlock Green by 1911. John Wilfred was then still at school.
He died at the Casualty Clearing Station on 3 Dec from wounds received in action. A notice was put in the Sheffield paper from "His sorrowing father, mother, sisters and brother (in France)". ("Sheffield Independent", 21 December 1917).
Cemetery: Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt (13 km north of Peronne and 12 km south-east of Bapaume)
Grave/Memorial Reference: VI. B. 4.
BRIDDON, William James[10]
Born 1877 Matlock
Died 7 Dec 1917
Driver 178th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Service No: 42516
s/o William and Hannah Briddon. William Briddon senior was a tape weaver. The family were living at M Cliff in the 1881 census, but in 1891 William James was at Carlow, Fairfield and employed as a farm servant by Jonathan Taylor. He had returned home by the time of the 1901 census, when he was working as a Gritstone Quarryer. Later described as a Mason's Labourer.
Enlisted at Nottingham in 1915, giving his address as Carr Lane, Tansley. At the end of that year was absent without leave for a period of 15 days. He had returned to France about six weeks before his death, after spending a period leave at home.
Buried: Hermies Hill British Cemetery
Gravel Reference: IV. C. 7.
BROCKLEHURST, James Edgar
Born Darley Dale 1880 and christened at St. Helen's 27 Aug 1880
Died 24 Nov 1915
Private 1st/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 3105
s/o Thomas Howard and Caroline M E Brocklehurst. His father, who pre-deceased him, was a Surgeon who moved to Stockport and then Dorset. James living Matlock Town in the 1901 census. He worked as a miller for the Bailey's before the war. He had been a well known local footballer and cricketer. Enlisted Matlock soon after the outbreak of war but was by then living Hytchett Minster, DOR (Soldiers Died).
Cemetery: St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. E. 6.

The Vernon Lamb Collection has a number of photographs of him:


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BUNTING, Charles
Born Matlock 1896
Died 3 Jul 1917
Private 1st/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 240273
He was one of the 13 children of Walter and Emma Bunting who lived in Church Street. The family were in Matlock Town in 1901. Charles was a quarryman before the war (1911 census) and his father was a limestone worker.
He enlisted at Matlock but residence given as Litton.
NoK Mr. W. Bunting, of 8, Curzon Terrace, Litton Mill, Buxton.
Buried: Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. D. 22.
BUNTING, Owen
Born Matlock Green 1892. Christened at St. Giles' 13 Nov 1892
DoW 11 Aug 1915 at Gallipoli, aged 22
Private 9th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 13275
s/o James and Henrietta Bunting, of 3, Malthouse Terrace, Matlock Green. Living M Green 1901. Owen had been employed as a grocer's warehouseman. He also played football for Matlock Thursday before the War ("Belper News", 22 October 1915. Letter from Driver J Gregory).
Enlisted Derby.
The 9th Bn. Sherwood Foresters was formed at Derby 24 Aug 1914, moving first to Grantham and then, in April 1915, to Frensham area. In July 1915 the regiment embarked at Liverpool for Mudros and 20 - 31 July they were at Helles. On 7 Aug 1915 landed at Suvla Bay.
Cemetery: Lancashire Landing Cemetery
Grave/Memorial Reference: K. 26.

"Belper News", 10 September 1915:
Private Arthur Allen of Holt Lane wrote home to say that Owen Bunting had been wounded in the chest. "He got separated from me so I have not seen him. Two better pals than he and I never were ... I don't think it is serious".
Isaac Holmes also mentioned Owen in a letter: "I am sorry to say that Owen got badly wounded while we were in action".
In his last letter home Owen described the conditions he and his friends were facing: "There is nothing to grumble about in the trenches, only the stink. It is almost as safe as sitting at home. It is a lot safer in the firing line than in the rest camp, because they keep throwing shells all over the place".
BUXTON, F.
[Not sure if this is the correct person]
? BUXTON, Frank
b. St. John's, Derbyshire
Died 25 Oct 1918, aged 19
Private 7th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
Service No: 39829
Enlisted Derby
ToW: F & F
s/o George and Sarah Buxton, of 61, Colville St., Derby. His father received a letter from a Belgian lady, stating that his son had died whilst a prisoner of war. Before joining up in March 1917, he was employed in the grocery department of the Derby Co-operative Society.
Grave/Memorial Reference: XIX. B. 3.
Cemetery: Harlebeke New British Cemetery
Harlebeke New British Cemetery is located 32 kilometres east of Ieper town centre
BUXTON, Thomas
Born Ashover 1891 and christened 29 Nov 1891.
Died 18 Nov 1918, India, aged 27
Private 2nd Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment
Service No: 34554
s/o Thomas and Elizabeth Buxton. Thomas was a gritstone quarryman, some years older than his wife, and in 1901 they and their five children were living at Grouse Cottage in Ashover. Mrs. Buxton was widowed by 1911, when she, Thomas and his two younger sisters were living at 1 Castle View, Matlock Moor and Thomas was employed as a Horseman on Farm.
He had married Mary Ellen Rouse at All Saints on 3 Oct 1914 and their son, Herbert Thomas, was born on 3 Oct 1915.
He enlisted on 28 Jul 1915 at Matlock, giving his address as Sycamore Road and his occupation as Labourer. He initially joined the Sherwood Foresters on 30 Jul 1915 as No.28411, transferring to the 1st Garrison Lincolnshire Regiment on 6 Oct the same year as No.1946[?]B (or 3, difficult to read). A pencilled note in his service record reads "Tropics, 26 Nov/1915". He arrived in Calcutta on 25 Dec 1915, leaving the city on the day he joined the North Staffs. - the 28 Oct 1916. The 2nd Bn. North Staffs were in India throughout the war.
He was to die of influenza and pneumonia at the Nowshera Station Hospital, where he had worked as an orderly, nursing the patients and had suffered from the effects of the heat. A few other ailments, such as the tropical illnesses malaria and typhoid as well as two bouts of enteric fever (in Rawalpindi and Nainital), were given in his medical records before he contracted the flu and pneumonia (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364).
NoK given as both Mrs. Elizabeth Buxton, of Quarry Lane, Matlock Moor and his wife Mary Ellen Buxton, of Sycamore Rd., Smedley St. West, Matlock Bank.
Buried: Nowshera Mil. Cem. L. 34.
Memorial: Delhi Memorial (India Gate)
Memorial Reference: Face 23.
CAMPBELL, Alexander Bruce
Born Birkenhead 1887
KiA 19 Sep 1918, aged 31
Private 52nd Bn. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Service No: 84053
ToW: F & F
s/o Alexander William and Elizabeth Campbell, of Kendal, Westmorland. Worked as a Grocer's Assistant at Burgons in Crown Square pre-war* and lived at Brookside Matlock, lodging with Mary Ann Tomlinson. He enlisted at Manchester on 21 Feb 1916. His address on enlistment was 88 Shrewsbury Street, Old Trafford where he was by then employed by Burgons as a Grocer's Manager.
NoK William Chisholm Campbell (elder brother) of 407 Atlantic Avenue, Winnepeg, CAN as both his parents had died (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364).
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: Queant Communal Cemetery British Extension, Pas de Calais
Grave Reference: B. 1.
*See 1912-14 photo of Burgon's staff.
CHECKLEY, Herbert Samuel[1]
Born Matlock 1897. Christened at St. Giles' 15 Sep 1897
KiA 9 Aug 1915, aged 18
Private 9th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 13276
ToW: Gallipoli
Only s/o William and Pattie Checkley though CWGC records his widowed mother under NoK as Mrs. J. Checkley, of Lime Grove Avenue, Matlock. Living Matlock Town in 1901; in 1911 he was employed as a Coal Merchant's Clerk. Before joining up he worked at Smedley's Hydro. Enlisted Derby on 25 Aug 1914, giving his occupation as an Attendant. Several others from Matlock were wounded when he was killed. (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364)
The 9th Bn. Sherwood Foresters was formed at Derby 24 Aug 1914, moving first to Grantham and then, in April 1915, to Frensham area. In July 1915 the regiment embarked at Liverpool for Mudros and 20 - 31 July they were at Helles. On 7 Aug 1915 landed at Suvla Bay.
Memorial: Helles Memorial, Turkey.
Memorial Reference: Panel 150 to 152.
Also commemorated St. Giles (others also on headstone) More Info

Mrs. Checkley did not hear about the fate of her son Bertie, as he was called, until Sept 1915. He was said to be popular wherever he went, and held in equal esteem by officers and men. He was appointed as a servant to Captain Randall when undergoing his training. "The two fell at about the same time, and were buried together in the same grave. In writing home to his mother, Sergt. James Margerrison enclosed a letter of condolence to Mrs. Checkley. It was taken to her by Percy Margerrison, Sergt. Margerrison's brother, at at noon the same day the official notification of the young soldier's death was received" ("Belper News", 17 September 1915).

The annual shareholders' meeting for Smedley's Hydro was held on 16th Sept. The chairman referred to the number of their staff who had joined the Army and singled out Bertie Checkley as recently killed in action. "The total number of members of the staff who were serving either in the Army or munitions shops was 30" ("Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 25 September 1915). See: Smedley's Hydro during the First World War
CLARKE, Cecil[1]
Born New Tupton 1892
KiA 18 Nov 1916, in France, aged 25
Nationality: Canadian
Sergeant 46th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)
Service No: 427609
Second of four sons of John and Kate Clarke. John Clarke was Matlock's Superintendent of Police. The family had lived at the Police Station on Bank Road but when Cecil died his father's address was given as "Caergwrle," Darley Dale, Matlock. Cecil had worked for Midland Drapery in Derby as a drapery salesman before going to Canada. He lived there for three years before enlisting. Husband of Kate Elvin Clarke, of Paradise Cottage, Haddenham, Ely, CAM. They had married in the Hartley Witney District in late 1915. His father received "official intimation" of his death in mid December 1916.
Memorial: Vimy Memorial.
CLAY, Harry
Born Pear Tree Road, Derby 1 Feb 1898
DoW 30 Jul 1918, aged 20, in Rouen, France - General Hospital
Private 1st/5th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders - 1/5th (The Sutherland and Caithness) Battalion
Service No: 266690
ToW: F & F
Eldest s/o Henry and Elizabeth Clay, of "Hall Dale," Snitterton Rd. Matlock. The family were living at 26 Pear Tree Road Derby in 1901, where Harry's father ran a cabinet making and upholstery business. They had moved to Kilrea, Hurds Hollow by 1904 and Harry attended All Saints' School from 3 Apr 1905 until 24 May 1912. He later worked for Burgons in Crown Square*. Enlisted Ripon, where his photograph (right) was taken by J. H. Bagley of North Street.
Cemetery: St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Grave/Memorial Reference: Q. IV. E. 9.


All Saints' Schoolboys, 1904

The Staff of Burgon's, Crown Square, 1912-14


With thanks to Harry's niece, Judith, for the photograph of Harry.


Rouen. St. Severs Cemetery.
Albert Frederick Wall Holmes and Sydney Lill are also buried here.
*See 1912-14 photo of Burgon's staff.
  Harry Clay
CLAY, John[4]
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
CLAY, Lindsey (George Lindsey)[5] [8]
Born Middleton 14 Jul 1892 (1901 census and other records say Matlock)
Died 29 Jan 1917 - Killed in an explosion which occurred at the Second Army Workshops, an armament works.
Private 1/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
He was Acting Lance Corporal at time of death.
Service No: 240129
ToW: F & F
Third s/o Joseph Francis and Mary Jane Clay. He attended All Saints' School from 1 Apr 1897 when the family were living on Wellington Street. The family were living on Matlock Green in the 1901 census. He had been employed as a Gas Fitter for Matlock District Gas Co., Smedley St. West. Husband of Margaret Ann Eliza (née Knowles). Mar Darley St. Helen's 1914. 1 daughter.
The Attestation papers of Lindsey's records in the Burnt Documents (WO 363 C1083) says he first joined the army aged 18 y 11 m. At a medical examination by Dr. Edward Crarer of Matlock on 20 June 1911, Lindsey was described as 5' 4" in height, of good physical development and with normal vision. Pre war he attended training sessions on 5 July 1911, 30 Jul 1911 and 13 Aug 1911 as well as the Bermaider Camps (4 Aug 1912-18 Aug 1912 and 27 July 13-10 Aug 1913). He enlisted at Matlock and would have been amongst the first to leave the town as his records show his WW1 service began on 5 Aug 1914.
In early January 1917 the 6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters were in the Soastre Sector, some 20 miles to the north of Albert, but Lindsey had been seconded to the 2nd Army Workshops on 10 Aug 1915 and had not rejoined the regiment.
Conditions were extremely difficult in Northern France at the time Lindsey died. J. C. Dunn recorded that from 24th January "during the next four weeks the gunners were reporting temperatures of 15 degrees of frost, and the ground became ice-bound to a depth of 16 in" (Dunn, J. C. (1938) "The War the Infantry Knew 1914-1919"). Such icy conditions would have caused the oxyacetylene cylinders to explode and the rod sorting shop and oxyacetylene room where Lindsey was working were badly damaged/wrecked. He was one of three to die and several others were injured.
Buried: Hazebrouk Communal Cemetery.
Grave Reference: I. C. 17.

Obituary: Derbyshire Times, 10 February 1917 (Killed in munition explosion; Matlock soldier's tragic death)
"The tragic death of a Matlock soldier as the result of an explosion in a French munition works in which he was employed has caused a painful sensation in the neighbourhood. The victim was Lance-Corporal George Lindsey Clay, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Clay, of Farley Hill, Matlock. The deceased soldier went to France with the Sherwoods many months ago, and for some time was in the trenches. Subsequently, however, he was selected to enter a workshop in which both English and French were employed. It is understood that there was a serious explosion on the premises, and Corpl. Clay was one of the seven who lost their lives. He was 25 years of age, and his wife and one child reside at Derby. Prior to joining up he was employed by the Matlock Gas Works, and he was known to many householders in the neighbourhood, whom he often visited to collect money from the meters. Mr. and Mrs. Clay have two other sons serving with the Colours in France, one of whom was formerly employed on the staff of the Derbyshire Times at Belper".
Then followed letters from the sister in charge at the hospital, Capt. Newton and Major-General F. M. Gibbs.

His widow, Margaret, remarried in 1920. She was to have three further children. Tragically for the family, both her sons were to die on the same day in WW2 - see Edward and Joseph Wood
  G L Clay

COOK, Harold Joseph[1]
Born Matlock 11 Aug 1899
KiA 29 May 1918, aged 18
Private 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry
Service No: 81244
ToW: F & F
s/o Joseph and Alice Cook, of 1, Gladstone Terrace, Jackson Rd., Matlock. Enlisted Matlock. He had been employed as a lift attendant at Smedley's.
On his death certificate it states that his date of death was 27/29 May 1918 and cause was "regarded dead".
Buried: Hermonville Military Cemetery
Memorial Reference: II. E. 8.
A wreath in his memory was sent to the memorial's unveiling service: "Private Harold J. Cook, from Maggie" ("Derbyshire Courier", 13 August 1921).
 
There is a larger picture
and more information
elsewhere on this site
COOPER, Elijah
Born Hanley, STS 1889
Died 2 Nov 1914, aged 24
Private Grenadier Guards
Service No: 13571
s/o Police Serjt. John Cooper; husband of Ella Cooper, of 3, Pleasant View, Starkholmes, Matlock. Elijah was a policeman in Matlock, boarding at the Wheatsheaf in Matlock Town. He married Ella Bradbury at St. Giles' in 1911. Two daughters, the elder of whom died as an infant. The couple moved to Long Eaton where their younger daughter was born. Enlisted Hanley.
Ella (as Ellie) was shown living at Wards End with the Wooding's in the 1891 census and (as Ella) in the 1901 census. Ella remarried.
Memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, one of four Memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.
Memorial Reference: Panel 9 and 11.
COWLISHAW, Henry (Henry Wilmot)
Born Woolley (Brackenfield) 1896
Died 4 Oct 1917, aged 22
Private 9th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 23384
s/o Henry and Hannah Elizabeth Cowlishaw. Henry Cowlishaw senior had been married before but he was a widower in 1891, with two children at home. On 10 Jul 1899 he married Hannah Elizabeth Willmot (from Matlock) at Brackenfield Holy Trinity and went on to have five sons: Henry Wilmot, Fred Wilmot, Ronald, Reginald, Percy and Sidney before 1911. The two elder boys were born before the marriage.
Henry was living with his family at Wolley, Brackenfield, aged 5, in 1901. Henry senior was a farm labourer and by 1911 Henry junior and Fred were working for their father as farm servants. Henry senior passed away in 1919 at the age of 80.
The family were residing Matlock when Henry junior enlisted at Chesterfield.
The 9th Bn. Sherwood Foresters was formed at Derby 24 Aug 1914, were in action at Gallipoli before moving to Egypt. He went to France in Jul 1916. In mid October 1917 Mrs. Cowlishaw, then of Lime Tree Road, received news that her son had been killed in action. According to a letter from his officer, he was "gallantly attempting to carry rations to his comrades when he was instantaneously hit by a shell". He was single.
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.
CROFT, Frederick[1]
Born Matlock 1897
Died 3 Sep 1916
Private 17th Bn. Regiment/Service: Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 29346
ToW: F & F
Eldest s/o Wilfred and Emily Croft. Living Matlock in the 1901 census and in 1911 the family were living at 2 Richmond Terrace; Frederick was still at school then. Had been employed by Messrs. Wrigley and Son, confectioners, of Matlock.
He enlisted at Chesterfield and had been in the Army for over 12 months when he was killed, with over six months of that time in active service. Wilfred Croft, a jeweller by trade, received official notification of his son's death on Sunday 24 September ("Derbyshire Courier", 30 September 1916).
Cemetery: Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart
Grave/Memorial Reference: F. 15.
There was also a commemorative stone at the Imperial Road Church, but since it closed this is now in the Trinity Methodist United Reformed on Bank Road. See the MI there (scroll down).
CROWDER, George Wisher[1]
Born Matlock 1895
KiA 1 Jul 1916, aged 21
Private 2nd Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
Service No: 10390
ToW: F & F
He is recorded as George Wisher Crowder in GRO birth indexes (1895), in CWGC records and also in "Soldiers Died". It is somewhat confusing as in 1893 there was a birth for a George William Crowder and a christening for him at St. Giles' the same year, but that G. W. Crowder was not a war casualty as he is shown as living in Matlock in the 1939 Register.
-[It is worth noting that George William Crowder was the s/o George and Sarah Crowder and was living in Matlock Town in 1901. The family later lived at 5 Limetree Road. GWC was a plasterer].-

George Wisher Crowder was one of the nine children of John and Ellen (nee Rains) Crowder who married at Winster on 11 Apr 1887 and a grandson of James and Ann (nee Wisher) Crowder. John earned his living as a gardener and in 1891 he and Ellen were living with three young children at Pidcocks Row, Upper Hackney - next door to John's brother Harry. Something seems to have gone wrong for the Crowders as by 1901 Ellen and several of their children, including John William and James, were in the Workhouse and Infirmary at Bakewell (see Strays, Surnames C). George and his sister Margaret were with their uncle and aunt, William and Caroline (nee Crowder) Brailsford, at Rycroft in Two Dales. By 1911 Ellen and two of the children were in Winster, James and John William were working at Smedley's as Kitchen porters and Margaret and George were in London. Their father was a patient in Mickleover and unfortunately classed as insane.
George's abode in 1911 was 119 Copenhagen St, Islington which was an Industrial Home for Boys run by the Waifs and Strays Society and later renamed it the Islington Technical Home. It is quite possible that he went there because of Matlock's link to the Waifs and Strays Society and St. Andrew's Home in Cliffe House (see the Vernon Lamb Archive - VLA5230). With two older brothers already at Smedleys it is possible that he joined the staff when he left school although there is no evidence for that at present.
NoK was recorded as Mrs. Crowder, of 2, Prospect Terrace, Cavendish Rd., Matlock so his mother had moved to Matlock at some stage.
He enlisted Derby.
He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, although was initially listed as Missing ("Derbyshire Courier", 22 August 1916 and other newspapers). He had previously served in Gallipoli, alongside Albert Gregory (see below) and Herbert Holmes (also below) and all three were at Sulva Bay. George was invalidated home from the Dardanelles with frost-bitten feet and wrote "a graphic description of the fighting on the peninsular" that was published in the "Belper News", (this is from the same paper but of 20 April 1917, when his brother James was wounded - see fuller report on Newspaper Cuttings, Jul 1914 - Nov 1918, dated 10 August 1917). James survived the war.

Memorial: Thiepval Memorial, nr Albert, is the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme and was one of eight men with connections to Matlock who were killed that day..
Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 1 C.
Also commemorated St. Giles (Ellen / Harry / Jack also on headstone) More Info


VLA5025, Rycroft, Two Dales
where George was living in 1901

If you are related to this casualty and know more about the family please get in touch.
CROWTHER, George Evans
Born Matlock 1886
Died 8 Dec 1918, aged 31
Private 5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 49750
Secondary Regiment: Labour Corps
Secondary Unit: transf. to (239484) 411th Agricultural Coy.
s/o Joseph Ludlam Crowther, a yeast dealer, his wife Ann.
The family were living 7 Buxton Terrace, Chesterfield Road in both the 1891 census and the 1901 census. By 1911 George worked for the Urban District Council and the family were at 3 Lime Tree Road. His father died in 1911 and Mrs. Ann Crowther moved to 2, Cobden Terrace, Matlock.
Cemetery: Matlock (St. Giles) Churchyard More MI Info
DAKIN, Frederick William (Fred)[1]
Born Matlock 1896 and christened at St. Giles' 7 Jul 1896
KiA 5 Oct 1918, aged 22
Private "A" Coy. 11th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 240908
ToW: F & F
s/o Walter Frederick and Clara Eliza Dakin, of "Clovelly," Lime Grove Avenue, Matlock. Living Oak Road in 1901 but the family later moved to Lime Grove Avenue. He was a Mechanic's Apprentice in 1911. Enlisted Matlock in Oct 1914 (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364).
Cemetery: Prospect Hill Cemetery, GOUY
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 5.
Also commemorated St. Giles (parents also on headstone) More Info
DERBYSHIRE, Lubin John[1]
[J on CWGC site]
Born Matlock 1891
KiA 3 Sep 1916
Private 17th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 41278
ToW: F & F
s/o George and Sarah (nee Slater) Derbyshire who were married at All Saints' in 1890. Lubin was the eldest of their 8 children, They were living in Jackson St in 1891 census | 1901 census. By 1911 Lubin was working as a slater with his father and uncle Lubin.
Enlisted Matlock.
Cemetery: Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. D. 22.
Also commemorated St. Giles (with parents) More MI Info
DICKINSON, Lewis George (Lew)[1] [4] 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.
DUMAS, Charles Derrick[1]
Born 1896 Duffield and christened there 30 Nov 1896.
Died 6 Aug 1916, aged 19
Private 11th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 31246
s/o Edouard Derrick Dumas and Adeline Heath Dumas, of "Westholme," Farley Hill, Hackney, Matlock. Eduard was an architect. Living Duffield 1901. Family on Imperial Road in 1908 (Kelly's Dir), later moving to Woodside, Cavendish Road (1911 census and Kelly's 1916 Dir). Charles was still at school in 1911.
Cemetery: Albert Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. M. 28.
EAKIN, Wilfred John Chambers[1]
Born Matlock 26 Oct 1895
DoW 13 Nov 1916, aged 21
Private 16th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 27479
ToW: F & F
Awards: MM. Announced in London Gazette 16 Feb 1917 - supplement to, with WO announcement pub 19 Feb 1917
s/o Mrs. Shipsides, of Matlock. Living Matlock 1901. Attended All Saints' Infants School from 7 Apr 1902. Formerly a waiter at Smedley's Hydro. Enlisted Matlock 1915.
Buried: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave Reference: VIII. C. 33.

Derbyshire Times, 19 May 1917 (Posthumous Honour for Matlock soldier).
"News of a posthumous honour to a Matlock soldier has reached the town this week. Mrs Shipsides, of Jackson Road, Matlock, has received a letter from a highly placed officer at Derby which says:-
"The General Officer-in-Chief of the Northern Command, York, has notified that he will be at Derby on the 18th inst. to present War and other medals. Amongst others is your name as the recipient of the Military Medal awarded to your son, Private W. Eakin, Notts, and Derby Regiment". The letter goes on to make arrangements for Mrs. Shipsides to go to Derby to receive the medal. No details are given as to the deed by which Private Eakin won the honour. Pte. Eakin, who was 21 years of age in October last year, was killed in action on the 13th of the following month, after being in the Army two years, and at the Front seven months".
ELSE, George[1]
Born Matlock 1887 and baptised 28 Apr 1887 (Matlock Circuit)
KiA 28 Aug 1918, aged 31, at Oppy, France
Private 1st Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 269737
ToW: F & F
Enlisted Matlock
Memorial: Vis-en-Artois Memorial
Memorial Reference: Panel 7.
Only s/o George Nuttall and Fanny Else of Smithy Lane (1891 census) and Wellfield House (1901 census). Worked as a Clerk / Assistant Overseer. Also commemorated St. Giles (father, stepmother, sister also on headstone) Read his MI.
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).
Also see Matlock & Matlock Bath Newspaper Cuttings, Jul 1914 - Nov 1918 (1917)
ELSE, John[1]
Born Matlock 3 May 1891 and christened at St. Giles' 31 May 1891
KiA 09 Jun 1916, aged 25
Lance Corporal 128th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
Service No: 65755
ToW: F & F
s/o William and Ellen Else; husband of Alice Annie Else, of "The Knoll," Tansley, Matlock. Living with his parents in New Street 1901 and still there in 1911 when he was employed as a Joiner's Apprentice Builder & Contractor. He started school at All Saints' on 4 Apr 1898, having transferred from Matlock Town Infants.
He was employed by Mr. J. W. Wildgoose, builder and contractor, of Matlock. Enlisted Buxton on 1 Feb 1915, giving his address as New Street and was then sent to Chatham on 11 Feb 1915. He embarked for France on 27 Aug 1915, landing there the following day. His war records state that he was 5' 10" in height. John was appointed Lance Corp. on 25 Jan 1916 (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364). Mar Alice Annie Marsh at Matlock Bath Independent Chapel on 4 Aug 1915. See: Matlock Bath: Else & Marsh Wedding, Glenorchy Chapel, 1915.
The family received a letter from a Sergeant in same company who said that John was killed instantly by a bursting shell and was buried the next day in a soldiers' cemetery on the edge of a wood, with as many soldiers attending who could be spared.
Cemetery: Bois-de-Noulette British Cemetery, Aix-Noulette, Pas de Calais - at first called Bois-de-Noulette New Cemetery to distinguish it from French cemeteries in or near the wood.
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. D. 2. Left Will
FARNSWORTH, A.
[There is almost no information about this casualty]
The Derby Daily Telegraph of 26 May 1916 reported: "WOUNDED. Sherwood Foresters. Farnsworth, 16358 Sergt A. (Matlock)".
FARNSWORTH, Philip John Saxton[1]
Born Matlock 1888
KiA 8 Oct 1916, aged 26
Nationality: United Kingdom
Serjeant 16th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 15747
ToW: F & F
s/o Arthur Farnsworth and Sarah Farnsworth, of Washington Terrace, The Moor, Matlock. Worked as a Nurseryman at his father's nurseries. Enlisted Derby.
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.
In August 1917 Arthur, Philip's father, was informed by the Army Council that his son, Sergt. P. Farnsworth of the Sherwoods (Chatsworth Rifles), missing since October 8th 1916, was officially presumed to be dead. ("Belper News", 17 August 1917).
FEARN, T.
Assumed to be the same person as named on the Starkholmes Memorial

FERN, Thomas
Born Slaley, Bonsall 1896 (Thomas George) and christened at Bonsall St. James' on 29 Nov 1896.
DoW 10 Aug 1915 - in the Dardanelles (Soldiers Died says At Sea), aged 18
Private 9th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 13251
s/o Charles Edward and Emma Fern. The family were in Bonsall in 1901 but later moved to Riber. Enlisted Derby at the beginning of the war.

Private Arthur Allen of Holt Lane mentioned the death of "a youth named Tom Fern, who used to go with Mr. T. Bower's cart" in a letter home ("Belper News", 10 September 1915).

The Derbyshire Courier of 7 September 1915 reported his death:
"ONLY EIGHTEEN.
Matlock Lad Killed in the Dardanelles.
Mr. C. Fearn, of Wood Ends [sic], Starkholmes, has received word that his son, Pte. Tom Fearn, of the 9th Sherwood Foresters, has died of wounds received on 10 August during the severe fighting in the Dardanelles. Private Fearn, who was only 18, enlisted at the beginning of the war
".

The 9th Bn. Sherwood Foresters was formed at Derby 24 Aug 1914, moving first to Grantham and then, in April 1915, to Frensham area. In July 1915 the regiment embarked at Liverpool for Mudros and 20 - 31 July they were at Helles. On 7 Aug 1915 landed at Suvla Bay.
Memorial: Helles Memorial (Turkey)
Memorial Reference: Panel 150 to 152 (buried at sea)
Also commemorated St. Giles (sister Dorothy also on headstone) More Info
FLETCHER, Josiah or Jesse[2]
Named Josiah at birth, later Jesse on Soldiers Died and Medals Cards at TNA
Born Ashover 1892 (Holloway on Soldiers Died and in Burnt Documents)
DoW 5 Sep 1916, aged 24
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rifleman 16th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 26958
ToW: F & F
s/o Joseph and Selina Fletcher, of Matlock. Living Holloway in 1901. As Jesse later worked as Corn Miller and Farm Labourer at Whatstandwell. Had joined the army on 25th Aug 1914 as 13254 9th Battn the Sherwood Foresters, enlisting at Derby, giving his occupation as a wash house hand and address as Riber, Matlock. Discharged at Grantham on 8 Oct 1914 because it was considered that varicose veins made it difficult to march. Re-enlisted at Matlock in June 1915, stating that he was a Mill Hand and resided at Draycott, and embarked for France at Southampton 6 Mar 1916. His mother Selina, his NoK, was living at Draycott in 1916 (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364).
Cemetery: Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No.1
Grave Reference: III. E. 12.
FLINT, Francis John
Born Wensley 1880 (1881 census says he was born at Stanton, 1901 census records birthplace as Stanton Lees)
Died 27 Aug 1918, aged 38
Private 1st Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 23050
s/o George and Elizabeth Flint, who lived at Cross Green, Wensley (South Darley) in 1881 with George working as a railway labourer. In 1891 the expanding family were living with George Flint senior, Francis's grandfather, who was a besom maker. By 1901 Francis had begun working as a Gritstone Hewer and later a stone cutter in a Gritstone Quarry (Stancliffe). Mar Mary Goodall at Matlock Bath Independent Chapel in 1903. 4 children. His NoK was his widow Mary Flint, of 3, Moor Cottages, Matlock.
Memorial: Vis-en-Artois Memorial
Memorial Reference: Panel 7.
FLINT, George William P - See BATES, George
FLINT, Oswald
Born Holloway 1884
Died 17 Oct 1918, aged 34
Air Mechanic 1st Class, 1st Aeroplane Supply Depot, Royal Air Force
Service No: 114380
s/o Samuel and Emma Flint, of Matlock; living with his parents on Chesterfield Road in both the 1891 census and the 1901 census. Mar Annie May Milner 1910. Living Richard Burch Street, Bury in 1911 and working from home as a Tailor (Maker). 2 children. NoK Annie May Flint, of 134, Rochdale Rd., Bury, Lancs.
Cemetery: Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille
Grave/Memorial Reference: V. F. 30.
FOX, Charles[2]
Born 1889 Starkholmes, Matlock and christened at St. Giles' 10 Feb 1889
KiA 24 April 1917
Private 5th Bn. Border Regiment
Service No: 242112
ToW: F & F
s/o James A and Emily J Fox. Living Starkholmes Road in 1891 | Ward's End in 1901 and later Riber. Worked as a farm labourer for James Fritchley on Lindway Lane, Wessington. His brother, George James, who visited him there in 1911, survived the war.
Enlisted Derby Residence Matlock. It was not until mid June 1917 that he was posted as missing.
Memorial: Arras Memorial (see See War Graves photos (Arras) elsewhere on this site)
Memorial Reference: Bay 6.

[There is a 1918 Will for Charles Fox, Private 243379 Lancashire Fusiliers made 11 Oct 1916 naming sister Annie Atkins (she mar Wilfred A 1911) but the details do not match Charles Fox of Starkholmes and this soldier not found on CWGC web site]
FOX, Frederick William (Fred)[2]
Born Matlock (Starkholmes) 1888
KiA: 5 Aug 1916, aged 28
Corporal 5th Bn. Dorsetshire Regiment
Service No: 14017 Formerly 20518, Hussars
ToW: F & F
s/o Mary Jane Fox, of Derwent House, Knowlestone Place, Matlock, and the late Frederick Fox (a baker of oatcakes). Living Wards End in 1891 | Starkholmes in 1901. Worked as a Labourer.
Buried: Wailly Orchard Cemetery, Pas de Calais (6 km S of Arras)
Grave Reference: I. F. 5.
FOX, G[eorge?]
This casualty is unknown. It was intitially thought that he could be:
George Fox Died 20 Jul 1918; Private 5th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry; Service No: 62525; Cemetery: Jonchery-Sur-Vesle British Cemetery; Grave/Memorial Reference: I. F. 5. but he was born at Arnold and enlisted at Hucknall.
Please email if you can help identify him.
FOX, Isaac Sowter [of Matlock Cliff] [10]
Born Ashover 1889
Died 10 Apr 1918, aged 28
Nationality: United Kingdom
Lance Corporal 4th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Service No: 39330
Awards: MM. Announced in London Gazette 25 Jun 1918 - supplement to, with WO announcement pub 27 Jun 1918, when given as of Alfreton.
s/o Sowter and Annie Fox, of Redhill Farm, Tansley, Matlock; husband of Annie Fox, Cross Farm, Higham, Alfreton.
Cemetery: La Brique Military Cemetery No.2
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. R. 8.
FOX, John Sebert
Born Ambergate 1885
Private 2nd Bn. Grenadier Guards. Enlisted 24 Nov 1915 at Matlock.
KiA 28 Mar 1918, aged 32.
Service No: 29561.
ToW: F & F.
Memorial: Arras Memorial, Bay 1 (see See War Graves photos (Arras) elsewhere on this site).
s/o Henry and Hannah Fox (nee Jones, later Radford) of Brook Side, Matlock Green who had married at Duffield on 11 Jun 1883; both had been married before.
The family were living in Whittington, on Holland Road, in 1891 and Henry was working as a blacksmith. They had moved to Matlock Green by the 1901 census and J S Fox was employed as bleacher of tape. John, or Sebert, as he seem to have been called, later became a Limestone Quarryman - this from the 1911 census when he was living with his mother and young brother (presumably adopted). His father had died in 1906, aged 59, and was buried at St. Giles' on 4 April. JS Fox married Ethel Wright at St. Giles' in 1913 and their daughter Cora May Fox was born in 1914, though she died after a long illness in 1932. Ethel was living a 2 Brookside Terrace when he was killed; she went on to marry John Hole. His mother died in 1925.
The regiment's Casualty Form - Active Service shows that he embarked at Southampton on 30 Dec 1917, arriving at Honfleur the following day. He was then posted to the 2nd Bn. and was in the Field from 8 Jan 1918 until his death (this from family members).
A brass memorial plaque or Death Penny is still owned by his widow's family.
His death was recorded in a Roll of Honour in the "Derbyshire Courier", 13 April 1918.
A wreath in his memory was sent to the memorial's unveiling service: "John Sebert Fox from Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, Parr's Bank" ("Derbyshire Courier", 13 August 1921).

This entry has been corrected - April 2017. His records on the CWGC site show him as John Gilbert Fox and on "Soldiers Died" he is shown as John Silbert Fox.
FOX, Samuel[2]
Born Matlock 1878
KiA 27 May 1918
Private 1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Service No: 43099 Formerly 3583, Notts & Derbys Regt
ToW: F & F
s/o Luke and Mary Fox, who both died before him. Living Wards End in the 1881 census | the 1891 census | the 1901 census. Worked as a Mason's / Builder's Labourer. Enlisted Matlock.
Memorial: Soissons Memorial, Aisne. The Soissons Memorial commemorates almost 4,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom forces who died during the Battles of the Aisne and the Marne in 1918 and who have no known grave.
GIBB, Eric[1]
Born 1889 Brooklands, CHS
KiA 1 Jul 1916, age 27
Private, "B" Coy. 15th Bn. Royal Scots
Service No: 17382
ToW: F & F
s/o Walter and Sarah Anne Gibb, of The Imperial Hotel, Barnstaple, DEV. Enlisted Manchester, LAN. Lived Bude, Cornwall. His uncle was Charles Gibb, a cabinet maker who lived on Smedley Street (see Kelly's Dir, 1908) and Eric was living with him in 1911 and working as a Clerk and Traveller.
He enlisted 24 Sep 1914, giving his occupation as Commercial Traveller, and was posted as missing on 1 Jul 1916. Eric's parents were given variously as at Ashbourne Hall, Derbys and later of Smedley Street though in 1917 as of the Grenville Hotel, Bude, Cornwall (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364). He was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and was one of eight men with connections to Matlock who were killed that day..
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 D and 7 D.
GOODWIN, Godfrey John Whitehouse[1]
Born 1 Aug 1898 Birmingham
Killed in France 12 Mar 1918 (whilst flying), aged 19.
Flight Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Air Service.
Eldest s/o John Godfrey Goodwin and Mary Aston Goodwin, of "The Cottage," Wellington St., Matlock. The obituary notice in "The Times" on 8 Apr 1918 gave his address as Rockside. Educated at King Edward VI School, Ackford, Retford and Strutts at Belper. He had entered the navy immediately after his 18th birthday, trained for signalling, was then transferred to a base and served for 10 months on a torpedo control boat. He saw action with U-boats several times. He was promoted to the R.N.A.S. in Sep 1917 and Gazetted at Flight Sub-lieut., R.N. ("Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal"), 16 March 1918. His father received a telegram from the Admiralty.
Cemetery: Dunkirk Town Cemetery
Grave/Memorial Reference: IV. A. 9.
(Also comm. in Memorial in St Giles)
GREGORY, Albert
Born Matlock 1886 and christened at St. Giles' 12 Sep 1886
KiA 7 Aug 1915, aged 29
Private 6th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
Service No: 10433
ToW: Gallipoli
s/o Robert and Emily Cicely Gregory, of Church St., Matlock. Family living at Church Street in the 1891 census | Wards End in the 1901 census. Formerly employed as a shunter on Midland Railway (see Matlock Station Staff, 1911 - 1966, A - J). Enlisted Derby. George Crowder (see above) and Herbert Holmes (also below) joined the same regiment and all three were at Sulva Bay.
Memorial: Helles Memorial, Turkey
Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 44 to 46.

In mid-Sept 1915 the War Office contacted his parents to say that he had been missing since 9th Aug. He had written to them on August Bank Holiday (then at the beginning of the month) and said "I have just come out of the trenches, after being in twelve days and nights. We have had a rough time. We have not lost many men of our regiment. I think there will be a big battle in a day or two, and then it will soon be over. I should like to be at home to have a nice hot dinner. ("Belper News" 17 September 1915).
GREGORY, Ezra
Born Matlock (Darley) 1886 and christened at St. Helen's 7 Mar 1886
KiA 28 May 1917, aged 31
Private 1st/6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Service No: 242509
ToW: F & F
s/o Ezra and Charlotte Agnes Gregory. NoK given as Mr. Ezra Gregory, of Church St., Matlock Town. Living Matlock Bank in the 1901 census, having moved from Upper Hackney. The family later moved to Lime Tree Road. Ezra worked as a General Labourer before the war. Enlisted 19th Jul 1915 at Matlock, with his abode given as Matlock Green and occupation as Draysman. He was then R/4/126316 Army Service Corps but discharged 23 Jul 1915 as not likely to become an efficient soldier, although his documents show this was not finally approved. His mother at that time was still living at No. 1 Lime Tree Road (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364). Ezra was recalled (or re-enlisted) in 1916. Shortly after his death his parents received a letter from the Rev. J. Wilson, Army chaplain in France. The letter read:-
... " I buried him in a single grave in a large British cemetery here. " ... His parents had no further information at that time about how he had met his death.

Cemetery: Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. B. 12.
Also see Matlock & Matlock Bath Newspaper Cuttings, Jul 1914 - Nov 1918 (1917)
GREGORY, Fred
Born Starkholmes 1892
Died 24 Dec 1918 of influenza
Private 18th Bn. Welsh Regiment
Service No: 68962
Son of Joseph and Sarah Jane Gregory, living Wards End in the 1901 census. Worked as a printer and was employed by Lea Mills. Because he survived the War itself, his details are not listed in "Soldiers Died".
Memorial Reference: I. D. 18.
Cemetery: Lille Southern Cemetery, Nord, France
Also commemorated St. Giles (parents and brother - below - also on headstone) More MI Info
Tribute to both Pte John Joseph Gregory and Pte Fred Gregory at unveiling of Memorial from cousin Violet
GREGORY, John Joseph
Born Matlock (Starkholmes) 1881
Died 25 Apr 1918
Rifleman 1st/5th Bn Lancashire Regiment
Service No: 203724
ToW: F & F
Residence Matlock, son of Joseph and Sarah Jane Gregory, living Wards End in the 1891 census but living M Bath in the 1901 census, later moving to Levenshulme Manchester. Employed as a Hotel Clerk. Enlisted Manchester.
Cemetery: Conde-sur-l'Escaut Communal Cemetery, Nord (contains the graves of 90 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War, all of whom died in German hands between June 1917 and October 1918.)
Grave/Memorial Reference: A. 26.
Also commemorated St. Giles (parents and brother - above - also on headstone) More MI Info
Tribute to both Pte John Joseph Gregory and Pte Fred Gregory at unveiling of Memorial from cousin Violet
GREY, Harold Leslie (Harry)[8] *New*
[only recently accepted - 2015 - by CWGC]
Born 24 May 1982, West Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia
KiA 21 Mar 1918, aged 25
Private 7th Bn. Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment
Service No: 27032
ToW: F & F

Although H. L. Grey is commemorated on both the Pic Tor Memorial and at Darley Dale, until very recently there was no information about him on either the CWGC site or on Soldiers Died. There was a tribute on a wreath at the Pic Tor memorial unveiling to Pte Harry Lakin [sic] Grey, but this seems to have been all that was known for many years. Nevertheless, a Private Harry L. Grey is on TNA Medal Roll as Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, No. 27032. The first piece of direct war evidence linking Private Grey to Matlock was the discovery of a report [found July 2014] in the Derby Daily Telegraph of 13 Sept 1917 that listed as wounded ... "27032 H. L. Grey Matlock". H. L. Grey's story has gradually been pieced together by the persistence of the web mistress, with encouragement from the Regimental Archivist. I was advised that without a death certificate it was unlikely anything much could be done so I searched for and found the reference for his death and bought a copy of his death certificate, which gave the cause of death as "assumed to have died". Having finally found the official paperwork confirming his death I was able to piece together the pre-war evidence I had collected and link it to what I had subsequently discovered about this casualty.

Harry Leslie Grey was born West Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia in 1892 but later lived England with his mother Hannah Elizabeth Grey (nee Smith). In 1901 Harry, his mother and brother, Frank Gordon Gray (b.24 Nov 1899), were living in Upper Hackney at Spring Garden Cottage, where his grandmother ran a grocery business. Both brothers attended All Saints' School from 3 Oct 1899 and the school records show his father's name as Charles Grey. In 1911 Hannah Elizabeth and Harry were both living on Smedley Street and working at Smedley's. It is not known when he enlisted but he was one of 8 Matlock men to die or be killed on 21st Mar 1918, the first day of the German 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht - their big push.

The Archivist of the Sherwood Foresters provided further background information:
- Harry L Grey was reported as missing in the Red Cross enquiry list of 21st March 1918. As a death certificate was issued, it indicates that his Regiment believed he had died on that date.
- Although he is shown on his death certificate as being in the 2/7th Sherwood Foresters, this had been incorporated into the 1/7th on 6 February 1918 because of a shortage of manpower, so all the men who were alive were moved into the one unit. The Sherwood Foresters information shows him as being in the D Company, No.16 platoon (Robin Hoods).
- The war diary of the 1/7th shows they were in Noreuil sector, right divisional sector, map ref. C.11.c.65.98 on 21 March 1918. Bombardment (gas) began at 4.56 a.m., changing to shelling and high explosives and only 14 men escaped unwounded. The members of the battalion were either killed or wounded, with some taken as PoWs. The 1/7th was overrun on this date and Harry L Grey was never heard of again.

After some initial correspondence with the CWGC I sent them all the evidence I had collected in early November 2014 and I was told he was accepted by the Commission a couple of months later. His name has only recently [November 2015] been added to the CWGC site.

Memorial: Arras Memorial
Panel Reference: Addenda Panel [This casualty has recently been accepted for commemoration by the Commission, following an application from the web mistress. However, it will not be possible to add his name to this Memorial immediately. Please contact the Commission before planning a visit, for more information.]

Note: There are several H. Greys who died in WW1 including, confusingly, an Australian called Horace Leslie Grey, but no links have been found with that casualty to Matlock.
GROCOTT [GROWCOTT], Samuel[2]
Born Brackenfield 1891 [Soldiers Died has born Matlock]
DoW 9 Oct 1918, aged 27
Private 11th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 14898
ToW: F & F
s/o Catherine Growcott, of Starkholmes, Matlock, and the late James Growcott. Living Starkholmes in the 1901 census. Worked as a Cotton Doubler. Enlisted Derby
Buried: Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave Reference: I. A. 18.
HALL, Gilbert Sudbury[1]
Born Matlock 1891 and christened at St. Giles' 3 Apr 1891
Died as a PoW 30 Nov 1916, aged 25
Nationality: United Kingdom
Second Lieutenant (Pilot) 18th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps
s/o Robert Arnold and Elizabeth Hall, living Knowlston Place in the 1891 census and boarding at the Grammar School House, Wirksworth in 1901 (see Strays). After serving his apprenticeship with a mechanical engineer he became a motor engineer and had won many speed and hill climbing contests for motor cycles. Charles Beresford said Gilbert Sudbury Hall was the 10th victim of the Red Baron. He apparently survived the crash and a message was dropped across the line by the Germans that he was in hospital. He was given a full military funeral by the Germans.
Buried: Porte-de-Paris Cemetery, Cambrai, Nord (about 32 km S-E of Arras). A great part of the cemetery was used by the enemy for the burial of German and Allied dead during the War.
Grave Reference: II. A. 1.

Derbyshire Times, 27 January 1917 (Matlock Flying Officer died of wounds).
"Great consternation was caused in Matlock on Thursday when news of an official character reached the town showing that Flight-Lieut. Gilbert Hall, only son of Mr. Robt. Hall of "Greenaleigh", Matlock, had died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war in Germany. ... A communication received from the War Office on Thursday morning states:- "The Military Secretary presents his compliments to Mr. R. Hall, and deeply regrets to inform him that information has been received from an unofficial source that Second-Lieut. G. S. Hall, Royal Flying Corps, died in Lazarette. ____ on November 30th, 1916, in consequence of a fracture to the skull and was buried in the Cemetery Notre Dame at ____".
Flight-Lieut. Hall was only 21 [sic] years of age, was a well known motor cyclist, and had won numerous trophies in open competition
".

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).
 
Also commemorated at St. Giles (parents
and brother also on headstone)
Read MI transcript
HALLAM, Wilfred
Born Matlock 1897 and baptised 27 Oct 1897 (Matlock Circuit)
KiA 26 Sep 1917, aged 20
Private (Drummer) 2nd/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 241086
ToW: F & F
s/o Laban and Ann Elizabeth Hallam, of Church St., Matlock. Living New Street in the 1901 census and on Lime Tree Road in 1911, when Wilfred was still at school. He later worked as a Grocer at Burgons in Crown Square*. Originally given the service no. 3450, Wilfred enlisted at Matlock on 4 Nov 1914 and took part in the Irish Rebellion but was sent to France on 26 Feb 1917. He had been appointed as a drummer in the 2/6th Sherwood Foresters on 14 Aug 1915, though reverted to Private on 31 Aug 1917. His records show that he was admitted to a field hospital suffering from shell shock in 1917 but rejoined his regiment. When he was reported missing on 26 Sep 1917 his company sergeant major wrote to his parents: "... we have hardly any trace of him at all. Some of the lads think he was wounded ; others fear the worst ; but it really arrives at nothing definite. He was one of our company runners, and his special employment made it necessary for him to run over the battlefield alone, and that is how he became missing. He went as a guide, and we have not seen him since".. On 27 Jul 1918 he was regarded as having died on or since that date (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364).

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.
Wilfred was the cousin of Steve Hetherington's grandmother; the family were told of his death in France - he was killed by an explosion on or about hill 60.
Also commemorated St. Giles More Info - One of those who lost their lives at Passchendale.
*See 1912-14 photo of Burgon's staff.
HANDLEY, John William (Jack)[1] [5]
Born 24 Mar 1896 Darley
KiA 9 Jul 1917, aged 21
Lance Corporal 10th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 27029
ToW: F & F
s/o Mr. John Thomas and Mrs. Mary Jane Handley, of The Dimple, Matlock. In 1901 the census the family were living at Needham Terrace, Farley Hillside. He was a pupil at All Saints' Infants from 7 Apr 1902 when his family were living on Smedley Street.
Their address was Hackney Lane in 1911 and John William has become a Domestic Servant (General Help) at a hydro. Enlisted Matlock, giving his address as Dimple Farm, Matlock and trade as Tinsman, on 7 June 1915. Went with an Expeditionary Force to France on 6 Mar 1916, embarking at Southampton, though sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg in the June. He was wounded again, this time in the left hand, during Oct the same year (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364).
Cemetery: Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais (approx 8 km east of Arras).
Grave Reference: V. A. 4.
Also see Matlock & Matlock Bath Newspaper Cuttings, Jul 1914 - Nov 1918 (1917)
HAWLEY, Frederick George (Fred)[1]
Born 1882 Matlock
Died 12 Jun 1917
Private 1st Bn. Prince of Wales North Staffordshire Regiment
Service No: 8086 Formerly 50906 R.F.C.
ToW: F & F
s/o George and Selina Hawley. Living Matlock Bank, Gladstone Terrace in the 1891 census and his family were still there in 1901. Fred worked as a Groom and by 1901 was living at the Normanhurst Stables on Hackney Lane, where he'd become head groom by 1911. The stables were owned by A. S. Marsden-Smedley. He married Edith Bentley Davenport at Dethick in 1914. 1 Daughter.
He enlisted at Matlock. His mother, by then the widow of Sergeant-Major Hawley who had been a Derbyshire Yeoman for 15 years, received official notification of his death. He had been the chauffeur to Mr. Marsden Smedley of Lea Hurst before he joined the Forces twelve months before his death. His wife and daughter were in Manchester when he died, but their home was in Lea. Two other brothers were serving in the Army in 1907 ("Derbyshire Courier", 10 July 1917).
Cemetery: Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (2km SW of Ieper)
Grave/Memorial Reference: VII. Q. 3.
HAYES, Joseph Henry (Henry/Harry)[9]
Born Ashover 1894 and christened 8 Jul 1894
Died 6 Jul 1916, aged 22
Private 1st/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 4534
s/o Frederick and Eliza Hayes, of Lime Tree Road, Matlock. Given as H Hayes on wreath at memorial unveiling. Family living Bentley Bridge in the 1901 census. By 1911 he had become a butcher and errand boy.
Enlisted Matlock 2 Sep 1915, giving his occupation as Millhand. Sustained Gun Shot Wounds in both legs on 5 Jul 1916, and died the following day in the Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364).
Cemetery: Le Treport Military Cemetery, Seine-Maritime. During the First World War, Le Treport was an important hospital centre.
Grave Reference: Plot 2. Row O. Grave 2B.
Also commemorated St. Giles (Ager / Eliza / Frederick also on headstone) More Info
HAYNES, E.
most probably HAYNES, Edward although his link to Matlock has not been found.
Born 1893 Beeley, DBY
KiA 12 Oct 1917, aged 24
Private 10th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 14487
The sixth s/o William A. and Rebecca Haynes, of Beeley, Rowsley. His father was employed by the Midland Railway at Rowsley.
Before the war he had lived at Edensor and employed as a cowman by J. P. Cockerell.
He enlisted at Derby on Sep 1914. The announcement of his death stated that he had been through several stiff engagements in France, and had been invalidated home the previous Christmas following a shrapnel wound. Two older brothers were serving - one in France and the other in Salonica - whilst his younger brother was training in England.
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.
HENSTOCK, Edmund[1]
(brother of Samuel below)
Born 1879 Holloway
Died 26 Apr 1917, aged 38
Lance Corporal 2nd/5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Service No: 28512
s/o Samuel John and Selina Henstock and living M Bank in the 1881 census. By the 1891 census they'd moved to No. 3 King's Row, Smedley Street. Also see the 1901 census entry.
Husband of Kate Henstock, of 4, Lime Tree Rd., The Green, Matlock whom he married about 1907-8. Two children. He worked as a Bath Attendant at Smedley's Hydro for 16 years and in 1911 was living on Smedley Street West. Enlisted Bakewell. At the time of his decease no letters had been received from him for some weeks and parcels were returned. Eventually his wife was informed of his death but his mother was seriously ill and unable to be told.
Grave/Memorial Reference: II. C. 12.
Cemetery: Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension. Jeancourt is a small village situated approximately halfway between Peronne and St Quentin
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).
HENSTOCK, Samuel[1] [5]
(brother of Edmund above)
Born Matlock 1889
DoW 3 Jun 1915, aged 26
Corporal 1/6th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
ToW: F & F
Service No: 351
s/o Selina Henstock, of Matlock, Derbyshire, and the late Samuel John Henstock, who had been on the staff at Smedley's. Living M Bank in the 1891 census | the 1901 census. Samuel had been a ringer at St. Giles' and had worked as a Cotton Dyer. Enlisted Matlock.
Buried: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. B. 82.

Derbyshire Courier, 5 June 1915
"News has been received that Corporal S. Henstock, of the 6th Sherwood Foresters, has been severely wounded in the head. He is the son of Mr S. J. Henstock, of Smedley Street, Matlock".

Obituary, Derbyshire Courier, 19 June 1915
"News has been received at Matlock, of the death from wounds of Corpl. Henstock who died in France on 3 June, having been wounded in the head some weeks ago. Henstock was a resident of Matlock and was employed at Mr. Farnsworth's bleach-works.
... The following letter, dated 8 June, has been received by his mother, Mrs. Henstock, from Colonel Goodman, the officer commanding the 6th Sherwood Foresters : "I write to express the sympathy of the battalion with you in the loss of your son, Corpl. S. Henstock, who has died of wounds received in action. It will be of some comfort to you to realise that he has given his life for his country. You will in due time be informed of the place of his burial".
"

Obituary, High Peak News, 1915
(N.C.O. dies of wounds. Corpl. Henstock of Matlock)
A few weeks ago we announced that Corpl. Samuel Henstock (Matlock) of the 6th Batt. of the Sherwood Foresters, had been seriously wounded in the head. On Friday his parents, who reside at Smedley Street West, Matlock, received notification that he died on 3rd June of wounds received in action.
... His service in the Territorials and Volunteers extended over eleven years. He was a member of the Church of England and a ringer at the Matlock Parish Church.
A memorial was held at the Parish Church on Sunday, at which a discourse was delivered by the Rector, Canon J. W. Kewley.

[It should be noted that Canon Kewley was the driving force behind ensuring the names of those killed were recorded.]
 
HETHERINGTON, F. A. [sic]
Now known to be
HETHERINGTON, Thomas Alexander
Born Chevington, NBL 1891
KiA 1 Nov 1918, aged 27
Second Lieutenant 8th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
s/o Thomas and Sarah Hetherington, of Widdrington, Morpeth, Northumberland; husband of Maggie Hetherington, of 11, Richmond Terrace, Matlock, Derbyshire. Had worked as the confidential clerk of Mr. F. C. Lymn, the Matlock solicitor before enlisting. He had risen to the rank of sergeant in the Sherwood Foresters before gaining his commission. Mar Maggie Partridge 1916 at Bakewell Register Office. 1 daughter. Maggie's two brothers are also commemorated on the War Memorial.
Cemetery Preseau Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave/Memorial Reference: C. 13.

With thanks to Keith Taylor for correcting the initials, and helping to confirm Thomas' identity.
HOLLAND - William[1] *New*
The Derbyshire Courier of 28 September 1918 announced that Lance-Corpl. W. Holland, Matlock, had died of gas poisoning [found Oct 2015]. This was the first clue to the identity of the W. Holland whose name is on the memorial.

Born 19 Aug 1886 Tansley and christened there 23 Oct 1886.
Died 16 Aug 1918 [Soldiers Died records that he DoW]
Sapper Royal Engineers 80th Field Coy.
Service No: 486863
Cemetery: Crouy British Cemetery, Crout-Sur-Somme
Grave Reference: IV. E. 17.
ToW: Western European Theatre
s/o William & Charlotte Holland. Enlisted at Matlock and then living at Darley Dale (from Soldiers Died). In 1891 the Holland family were living on Thatchers Lane, Tansley, and his parents were still there in 1911. William was living with John Dalziel and his wife in Dethick, Lea and Holloway in 1901 and working as a Farm Labourer. By 1911 he had moved to West Didsbury, Manchester and was employed as a Railway Porter.
HOLMES, Albert Frederick Wall
Born Matlock 11 June 1884
DoW 27 Oct 1917 at the First Australian General Hospital, Rouen.
Private 88135 16th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.).
Service No: 88135
ToW: F & F
s/o John Frederick Wall (Fred) and Sarah Elizabeth (Dora) Holmes. JFW Holmes has married Sarah Frisby at St. Giles in 1882 and the family were living Hurst Cottages in the 1891 census. He, along with two of his brothers, started at All Saints' School on 27 Nov 1897, having transferred from Church Town. The family were then living in Upper Hackney. By the 1901 census they had moved to Matlock Bank. Albert was a Page Boy then, working in a hydro, but by 1911 he had become a General Labourer. He was still living with his parents at No.8 Cavendish Road.
Enlisted Matlock 16 Nov 1915, giving his occupation as Nurseryman (he had worked for Messrs. Smith of Darley Dale for many years) and abode as Temple Cottage, Bank Road. NoK Nora Cathleen Wall Holmes (sister) who lived at the same address on Bank Road, although his father dealt with his affairs after his death. His parents were still on Cavendish Road when he died. He did not embark for France until 12 Oct 1917, posted first to the 1st Bn. and then on the 19th to the 16th Bn. Sherwood Foresters. He was wounded in the field on 24th Oct and died 3 days later (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364), having only been in France for a fortnight.
Buried: St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France
Memorial Reference: P. III. Q. 6B.


St. Severs Cemetery, Rouen.
Harry Clay and Sydney Lill are also buried here.
HOLMES-BOWER, Albert
Born Beeley 1895
Listed as both Bower (Alias) and Holmes on CWGC site
Died 31 Oct 1916, aged 21
Lance Corporal 10th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 13815
ToW: F & F
(Also known as BOWER). Adopted s/o Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Amy Bower, of Whitbank, Alton, Tupton, Chesterfield. Holmes was his birth name and he was adopted shortly after birth. Bower was the name of his adoptive family and they lived for some years in Ashover before moving to Matlock Green. Albert was working at the Bump Mill as a machine Tenter in 1911 but later employed by Messrs. W. H. Moore and Sons, confectioners, Matlock.
Enlisted Chesterfield 25 Aug 1914. Had been through the Irish Rebellion. His NoK was Mrs Amy Bower of 9 Malthouse Terrace, Matlock Green and she said she was his Foster Mother. He had a sister, Florence Holmes, who was 19 when he died and living at Beeley. Appointed unpaid L/Cpl 12 Mar 1916; appointed paid L/Cpl 20 Aug 1916 (this from Burnt Documents, WO 363 and 364. Service No on Burnt Documents is 4/3815).
His adopted brother had been killed just over a fortnight earlier. See George Bower above
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.
HOLMES, Herbert[1]
Born Matlock 14 Nov 1894
KiA 9 Aug 1915, Gallipoli
Private - 6th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
Service No: 10431
The parentage of Herbert Holmes is unknown but he was listed in the 1901 census as Woodhouse, boarding with John Woodhouse and his wife Edith (nee Cantello) who brought him up. He became a pupil at All Saints' on 1 Apr 1901. He perhaps was not a good attender as the school log of 20 Dec 1901 states that "Examined Class I. H. Holmes is irregular and will work with Class II after the holidays".
By 1911 he was working as a shop boy. He and his sister Edith were still living with John and Edith Woodhouse at Gas House Cottages on Bakewell Road, this time as their nephew and niece. On this occasion they were recorded with the Holmes surname. No satisfactory birth reference has been found, nor have marriages linking the Holmes surname with either Woodhouse or Cantello.
Enlisted Derby. Residence Morecambe. George Crowder (see above) and Albert Gregory (also above) joined the same regiment and all three were at Sulva Bay.
ToW: Balkan
Memorial Reference: Panel 44 to 46.


VLA4970
 
VLA5014
HOLMES, John[1] (John Anthony Buckley)
(Brother of William below)
Born Matlock 1891
KiA 3 Jul 1916, aged 25
Private 1st Bn. Grenadier Guards
Service No: 22375
ToW: F & F
s/o John and Ruth Holmes, of 1, Oak Rd., Matlock. Living on Richmond Terrace in the 1901 census and the family were still there in 1911, at No.12 when John worked as a General Labourer for an Ironmonger.
Enlisted Manchester as some three years before he joined up he had been a member of the Manchester police.
Cemetery: La Brique Military Cemetery No.2, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen. La Brique is a small hamlet named from an old brick works that used to stand nearby before to the First World War.
Grave/Memorial Reference: I. X. 19.

A letter from Rev. A Llewellwyn Jones, chaplain to the regiment, and dated 5 July was received by his father:
"I am sorry to have to write such bad news to you of your son ... but hope that a letter of personal sympathy will not be amiss. Just two days ago, while in the trenches, your son was struck down by shell fire and he died immediately. At any rate he was spared pain. You will, I know, be glad to hear that all honour was paid to him which was possible. We were able to have a reverent and undisturbed funeral at a military cemetery a short way behind the lines. The Commanding Officer and Adjutant were both present, as well as a few N.C.O.'s and men, thus showing the high regard in which he was held. At our service we had a special prayer for you and yours. We out here recognise the very heavy burden which is placed on those at home, and we honour and admire the courage of those parents at home who bear their sorrow so bravely" ("Belper News", 21 July 1916).
HOLMES, Reginald[1]
Born Matlock 19 Feb 1891
KiA 16 Sep 1916, aged 25
Private 17th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 35041
ToW: F & F
s/o Joseph and Evaline Holmes, of "Gillfield", Bakewell Rd., Matlock.
Living M Bank in the 1901 census. He had attended Matlock Town School but moved to All Saints' on 12 Jan 1903. Worked in the bakery at Smedleys, where he was living at the time of the 1911 census. Enlisted Bakewell
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.
HOLMES, William (William Buckley)
(Brother of John above)
Born Matlock 1898
Died 21 Mar 1918, aged 19
Lance Corporal 2nd/7th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Service No: 61043
ToW: F & F
s/o John and Ruth Holmes, of 1, Oak Rd., Matlock. Living on Richmond Terrace in the 1901 census and the family were still there in 1911, at No.12. Worked for a confectioner. Enlisted Matlock. He was one of 8 Matlock men to die or be killed on 21st Mar 1918, the first day of the German 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht - their big push.
Memorial: Arras Memorial (see See War Graves photos (Arras) elsewhere on this site)
Memorial Reference: Bay 7.
HOPKINSON, John
Born Matlock (Ashover) 1887
Died 17 May 1918, Germany, aged 32
Private 16th Bn. Royal Scots
Service No: 270084. Formerly 38838, Lincs Regt.
s/o George and Hannah Hopkinson. Living Chesterfield Rd in the 1901 census. He was later employed as a Builder's Labourer. Enlisted Derby. Resided Matlock.
Buried: Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais
Grave Reference: IX. D. 14.
HOUSLEY, Edwin Leonard
Born Matlock 1886
Nationality: Australian - had emigrated with his parents to Western Australia
Died 11 Mar 1917, aged 30
Private 28th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Service No: 5713A
s/o Herbert and Blanche Housley, of 178, Eight Avenue, Maylands, Western Australia. Living Bank Road in the 1891 census and the 1901 census when he was working as Assistant at Grocers Stores selling Port Wine. He had received a medal in May 1895 whist attending All Saints' School for perfect attendance during the previous year, one of only eight pupils to do so (this from the school's log). He later worked as a Blacksmith in one of the quarries. He and his brother Herbert, who was discharged from the Australian Army, emigrated to Australia, and their mother followed them out there.
Memorial: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is a village 16 kilometres east of Amiens on the straight main road to St Quentin. is the Australian national memorial erected to commemorate all Australian soldiers who fought in France and Belgium during the First World War, to their dead, and especially to those of the dead whose graves are not known.
HYDE, James Charles[1]
Born 1895 London
Died 1 Jul 1916, aged 21
Second Lieutenant 1st/5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
Eldest s/o Anne Hyde, of 36, Kidbrook Park Rd., Blackheath, London, and the late Rev. James Bartlett Hyde*. Notice of Death published 13 Jul 1916 (same day as RJR Leacroft) in The Times and parent's address given as All Saint Vicarage. He died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and was one of eight men with connections to Matlock who were killed that day. He had been on active service for only a few weeks, securing his commission in September the previous year.
The Hyde children were not with their parents in Sutton in Ashfield in 1901.James later attended St. Edward's School, Oxford and Selwyn College, Cambridge.
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.
*Not sure when CWGC information drawn up as Rev Hyde did not die until 1926!

Notes and references:

[1] One of the casualties commemorated at All Saints' Church.

[2] Also commemorated on the Starkholmes War Memorial.

[3] Also commemorated on the Cromford War Memorial.

[4] Also commemorated on the Matlock Bath War Memorial. John Clay, for example, lived in Matlock Bath but was born and brought up in Matlock. N.B. John Clay was the writer's grandfather and George Lindsey Clay and Harry Clay were relatives.

[5] Also commemorated at Farley Hill Congregational Church.

[6] Recollections of the late Frank Clay.

[7] Beresford, Charles (2007 "The Bath at War, A Derbyshire Community and the Great War"

[8] Also commemorated on Darley Dale War Memorial.

[9] Christian names from Stephen Kimberley, who owns a funeral card for his ancestor's brother.

[10] Christian names of men who are also commemorated at Tansley from Denys Gaskell. There is a brief account of each casualty on his page about the Tansley Village First World War Memorial (now on Tansley Church's site.


Some of the names above are also commemorated on other memorials. I should be pleased to include the Christian names of anyone in the above text whose Christian name(s) only appears as initials. Please email and write Matlock War Memorial in the subject line. Thank you.


There is a full report of the unveiling of Matlock War Memorial in: High Peak News 13 August 1921.
This can be read at County Hall Local Studies Library, now part of the Derbyshire Record Office, or at Colindale (this depository is being relocated at present).
How to contact County Hall Local Studies Library


Matlock St Giles - MIs in the church
where there is a Book of Memory to the men who died in WW2


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. I also researched "The Burnt Documents" (WO 363) at Kew for Clay relatives, though the only person whose documents survived was George Lindsey Clay.

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 War Memorial. Thank you.


Transcribed Apr 1999 and originally published as matlockwm.txt. Page (file) name changed Oct 2006 (was part of matlockwm.htm)
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