Private Harry Dakin
331085 2nd/5th Lancashire Fusiliers
Died 6th Nov 1918 Age 24
Buried : Cambrin Military Cemetery, France
Private Dakin’s parents received news of their son’s death on the day peace was declared. He had died of bronchia-pneumonia in a field hospital in France on the 6th November. Private Dakin had joined the forces in January 1915 when he worked for Markham and Co in Chesterfield as an engineer. He lived with his parents Tom and Fanny Dakin at 12 Queen Street, and was 24 years old when he died. Before the war he had been an excellent singer and regularly entertained the congregation of Brimington Church. His service record shows that he was in the platoon which captured the last 6 villages in Northern France from the Germans just weeks before the war was over.
Grave ref : Q.56
(The brass lectern in Brimington parish church was given by Harry Dakins parents in remembrance of their son)
Private William H Dawes
6239118th Bn York’s & Lancs
Died 3rd Nov 1918 Aged 42
Lived : Victoria Street,
Buried: Dottignies Communal Cemetery, Belgium
Private Dawes was reported to have been fatally wounded while on sentry duty during the last week of the war. He had enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers in August 1916 at the age of 40 and was sent to France the following year. Eventually he was transferred to the York and Lancaster regiment and engaged the enemy in Belgium in several areas, throughout 1918. And it was in the Mouscron area of Belgium where he met his death. Before the war he had worked at Staveley Iron and Steel and lived with his sister (Mrs Hinde) at 53 Victoria Street and before that with his widowed mother at Devonshire Street. He was unmarried.
Grave ref : I.C.1
Private Harold Dolby
241218 1st/6th Sherwood (Notts & Derby Regt )
Died 12th March 1918 Aged 24
Lived : Station Road Married
Buried : Lapugnoy Cemetery, France
Private Dolby was born in Sheepbridge but by 1911 he
was living with his parents James and Margaret Dolby at Station Road, and working as a labourer. He answered the call to arms in 1915 and such was the need for more men at the front he was shipped to
France within weeks. His battalion was active throughout 1915 in France and Egypt and in 1916 they were deployed on the Somme. During a brief period of home leave in late 1916 the soldier married his
girlfriend Ethel. Returning to the front Private Dolby went through more fierce fighting with his battalion, until near Arras in France; he was severely injured and died of his wounds shortly
after. He was 24 years old.
Grave ref : VIII.B.5
(Private Dolby was killed on the same day as a soldier from the next village- Calow - Private Fred Watts.
And just as the two Derbyshire villages lay side-by-side, the two soldiers also lay side by side)
Private Ernest Edinboro
202777 1st Bn Sherwoods (Notts & Derby Regt)
Died 31st July 1917 Aged 23
Lived: John Street
Remembered : Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Private Edinboro joined the Army as a 20 year old in 1914 and served at home and in France until he was discharged in early February 1916. He re-enlisted in the same battalion in July 1916 and was returned immediately to the fighting on the Western Front. The soldier lived in John Street shortly before leaving for France and before that he resided at the Butchers Arms where his father was the licencee. And where he is noted as being a ‘labourer’. He was listed as killed in action around the Ypres Salient in July 1917
No Known Grave - Private Edinboro's name is inscribed on Panel 39-41
on the Menin Gate
Private Harold Edwards
235195 1st/7th Northumberland Fusiliers
Died 2nd January 1918 Aged 26
Lived : Ringwood Road
Married one son
Buried: Lijssenthoek Cemetery, Belgium
Private Edwards was born in the village and upon is marriage in 1915, went to live at 5 Ringwood Road, with his wife Clara, his mother and his baby son also called Harold. He enlisted in the forces in March 1916 and was drafted to France in February the following year. His death was reported to have taken place in the 10th Casualty Clearing Station at Tourcoing, Belgium where he died of his wounds in January 1918. Before the war he was a familiar face in Brimington, as a bus driver for Doughty’s buses which regular plied its trade between Chesterfield and the village. He had three brothers serving at the front who appear to have survived the war. He was 26 years old when he died.
Grave ref : XXVI D 11
Private Robert H Elliott
508290 Labour Corps
Died 12th Nov 1918 Aged 29
Lived : Brimington
Married with one daughter
Buried : Brimington Cemetery
Private Elliott was born in Lincolnshire the son of Joseph & Sarah. He was employed as a labourer on the railways in the Spalding area and married Mary Stubley in 1913. Moving to Brimington around 1915 he is thought to have worked for the railways in the area. His daughter Edith was born in Brimington in 1917. He died of his wounds, the day after the signing of the armistice and is laid to rest in Brimington cemetery. Private Elliott was 29 years old.
Grave ref : 311
“ Worthy of Everlasting Remembrance, From His Loving Wife and Child “
Private Charles W Else
14224 7th Bn Leicester’s
Died 22nd March 1918 Aged 23
Lived: North Moor Road, Brimington Common
Remembered: Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France
Private Else was reported as missing, for some time before he was officially confirmed as killed in action. His new wife Mary (Bagshaw) heard the sad news in a letter from her husband’s commanding officer after weeks of waiting for news of her husband’s fate. The soldier had married Mary in February 1918 and he was sent back to the front almost immediately. According to his Army Service records he was 5’5” tall in ‘good physical development’ and had a small tattoo on his right forearm. He also had an exemplary military record . Private Else was 23 years old when he died, and lived at 108 North Moor Road, Brimington Common. A miner at a local pit, he’d enlisted at the outbreak of hostilities in September 1914 and fought through a number of heavy engagements with the enemy until he was killed in the spring offensive at Pozieres in March 1918, - just a month after he married.
No Known Grave - Private Else's name is inscribed on Panel 29 on Pozieres Memorial
Private Sydney Farrow
48065 21st Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Scottish)
Died 9th April 1917 Aged 19
Lived: Victoria Street, Brimington
Buried: Bailleul Road East Cemetery, France
Private Farrow was one of a number of clerk’s from Staveley Works to be killed in action during the Great War. He originally joined the Royal Engineers in May 1915 before transferring to the Northumberland Fusiliers ( Tyneside Scottish)
Born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk he came to live with his aunt and uncle—Mr & Mrs Austin at 19 Victoria Street, and it was they who received news of their nephew’s death from a comrade…..
‘It is with much regret I write to inform you that Sid Farrow was killed in action on April 9th. We were in the trenches together when a shell burst and Sid was hit. It may be some consolation to know he suffered no pain. He was hit in the back and died immediately".
The soldier was two days short of his 20th birthday when he was killed.
Grave ref : I.B.1
Private Frank Fuller
19457 2nd Bn Northamptonshires
Died 21st October 1917 Aged 27
Buried: Motor Car Corner Cemetery, Belgium
Private Fuller was one of eight children, all born in the village and lived with his parent Ben and Elizabeth at John Street and later at Coronation Road.
He’d joined the Colour's shortly after the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 leaving his job as a miner at Markham No2 colliery. And during his first home leave away from the front lines in 1915, he married his fiancee Mabel (Hobson) who lived at Stonegravels. His honeymoon was short and he was called back to France almost immediately.
On the 21st October 1917 he was killed when a German shell burst over his trench. His wife was sent the news of her husband’s death in a letter by his Commanding Officer many weeks later. The soldier was 27 years old.
Grave ref : B.35 “ Death Divides But Memory Clings "
Private B Fuller
60200‘B’ Bty 83rd Royal Field Artillery
Died 24th April 1918
Buried: Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneax, France
Private Fuller joined the 83rd Royal Field Artillery in 1917, and saw action throughout France and Flanders until he was killed in the German Spring offensive in 1918 . He fought and died alongside the Australian forces as they tried to defend the city of Amiens against the German advance. Private Fuller was originally buried in a smaller cemetery, close to where he fell on the 24th April 1918, but after the Armistice he was re-buried in the Adelaide Cemetery, at Villers-Bretonneux, France.
Grave ref : II.K.18
Private David Pickering Gallacher
18287 2nd Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers
Died 28th August 1915 Aged 29
Married, with 2 small children
Buried: Guards Cemetery, Windy Ridge, France
Private Gallacher was born in Middlesbrough and moved to Brimington sometime around 1912. In 1913 he married a local girl – Louisa Sedgwick and moved into 43 Cotterhill Lane, where his two children, Mary and David were born. A labourer at Staveley Works he enlisted in the Scottish Rifles in February 1915, and was transferred to the Royal Scots Fusiliers almost immediately and was posted to France within days. He was first reported to have been wounded in early August 1915 and sent to hospital , but he was released very quickly, sent back to the front and was killed in action only days later He served just 186 days from enlistment until his death. Reports state that he was killed by a bomb which exploded in his trench whilst he was on sentry duty. He was 29 year old.
Grave ref : II.A.4
Sergeant Edward Garland
18645 7th Bn Wiltshire Regiment
Died 16th December 1918 Aged 36
Married one child
Buried : St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France
Sergeant Garland, was born in Wiltshire, and moved to Chesterfield in his teens to work as a railway porter for Midland Railway Company. He married Beatrice Winter in 1912 and moved to 175 Steels Lane, Brimington Common. He had been a regular soldier and served in the Boer War and in India for 5 years before he re-joined his old regiment in January 1915. He was stationed in Salonika for some time and went through fierce fighting in Greece before he came home on leave in August 1918. He was then sent to France on 1st September and around the 18th October he was badly wounded in his left knee. He was taken to No.9 General Hospital, Rouen where he died on Monday 16th December 1918. A Rechabite and Good Templar he was 36 years of age when he died and left behind his wife and a child .
Grave ref : S.III.CC.10 “He did his duty well ”
Private Oswald Garland
204260 2nd/4th York’s & Lancs
Died 12th July 1917 Aged 23
Buried : Noreuil Australian Cemetery, France
Private Garland was the 3rd son of Richard and Ellen Garland of 14 Foljambe Road and before the war he had been employed at Staveley Old Works . He joined the army in October 1916 and standing 5’5” tall he was reported to have brown hair and grey eyes. He was shipped to the Western Front at the end of June 1917 and had only been in the trenches for 3 weeks before he was killed. It is thought that he was killed by machine gun fire whilst fighting alongside the Australians, who were trying to defend the small French village of Noreuil. He was 23 years old.
Grave ref : A.3 “Loved in Life, remembered in death, grant him Oh lord eternal rest “
Corporal Elijah Garrett
24137 1st Bn Sherwoods
Died 28th August 1918 Aged 23
Buried: Orchard Dump Cemetery, France
Corporal Garrett was the eldest son of Mr & Mrs Garrett of 14 Burnell Street. He enlisted during the first few months of the war as a private and during training, he was promoted to Lance Corporal and then made up to full Corporal during 1916. His battalion fought on the Somme in 1916 and at Passchendaele in 1917. Then in late summer 1918 his battalion was caught up in the fierce hand to hand fighting at Oppy Wood near Arras in France, and heavy losses were incurred. He was one of 24 men lost from the 1st Sherwoods. Upon his death his Commanding Officer wrote to his parents to tell them ‘" I cannot speak too highly of your son. He had the full confidence of his men and myself " He was 23 years old.
Grave ref : IV.H.3
For conspicuous gallantry in connection with the attack on Fosse 3 De Lievin.
"On the 22nd April he remained at the isolated post in the open guarding the flank of a bombing squad working through the cellars.
On 23rd April he with his section, was buried in the cellar. He extricated himself and immediately went to the assistance of his men and helped to dig them out, when he was again knocked down by a shell “ (Captain W.D. Jamieson)
(Corporal Garretts initial on his grave is incorrect and we have reported this to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who have promised to amend the error and confirm when this is done)
Sergeant Albert George
24666 4th Bn North Staffordshire Regiment
Died 18th November 1917
Buried : Dozingham Military Cemetery, Belgium
Sergeant George, was the son of Albert and Eliza George, grocers of High Street in the village. He enlisted in the army in April 1916 and by September had been promoted to Staff-Sergeant. Upon his marriage to Miss Elsie Wray in May 1917 he moved to Ringwood Road, but they were married for only 6 months before he was killed. The news of his 'death from wounds' was sent to his wife, and it read: ‘Sergt George was one of our Platoon Sergeants and in his short experience of active service had shown and proved himself exceedingly capable and was undoubtedly one of our most valuable NCOs’. We can ill spare anybody, but the loss of Sergt George is felt by all of us officers and men alike’’ Before the war Sergeant George was a keen sportsman and was involved in the Bethel Chapel in Brimington. He was a Sunday school teacher and the secretary of the Young People's Bible class. He was 23 years old.
Grave ref : XIV.C.23
Private George H Godfrey
13225 Royal Army Veterinary Corps
Died 12th December 1918 Aged 44
Queen Street Married with one daughter
Buried in Brimington Cemetery
Private Godfrey a well known greengrocer and fishmonger, lived at 1 Queen Street. He enlisted in the Royal Army Veterinary Corps in 1915 at the age of 41 and following his basic training was sent to France in early 1916. His unit was deployed all over western France and Flanders and it is known that Private Godfrey served in at least three theatres of war during the following two years. It is understood that he was wounded in action around September 1918 and was shipped back home where he died of his wounds in December. He had married Miss Esther Whitworth in 1900 and had one daughter Gladys.
Grave ref : 2527
Private Roland Goodwin
20490 10th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt)
Died 3rd March 1916 Aged 21
Ivy House Farm,
Remembered : Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Private Goodwin was the eldest son of Mr. Ben Goodwin of Ivy House Farm, and worked as a labourer for his father.
He was barely 20 years old when he enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters in December 1914, and was almost immediately sent to France. On 6th August 1915 he was wounded in both legs, and was sent home to recover, but such was the need for men, he was returned to the front as soon as he was pronounced fit.
After that it is reported that he never had a furlough away from the lines and took part in some of the worse fighting on the Western Front. In March 1916 he was killed in action around Ypres, Belgium at the age of 21.
No Known Grave - His name is inscribed on panel 39-41 of the Menin Gate Memorial
Private Thomas Hall
15145 9th Bn Labour Corps /Lincolns
Died 23rd November 1918
Buried : Brimington Cemetery
Private Hall enlisted on the same day as another Brimington soldier - his best friend Frank Bastock, and they joined the Lincolnshire regiment together. Private Hall fought in many theatres of war in Europe and the Balkans before returning to France in early 1918 - after as short stint with the Labour Corps. He was injured sometime during the final days of the war and eventually shipped back to England, where he died of his wounds nearly two weeks after the signing of the Armistice. He was buried in Brimington cemetery. He was 23 years old and the son of Mr Allyson Hall of 21 Station Road, Brimington.
Grave ref : 763
Private William Haycox
10090 Sherwood (Notts & Derby Regt)
Died 26th November 1918 Aged 32
Married four children
Buried: Staveley Cemetery
Private Haycox had the misfortune to be captured by the Germans near Lille in France early in October 1914 -after only a few weeks fighting at the front.
He was taken back to Germany and confined in the notorious Clausthal prisoner of war camp where he spent the next four years.
On his release from captivity he was already seriously ill and was taken to King Georges hospital in Stamford and then to the Base hospital in Sheffield where he gave harrowing accounts to the Sheffield Evening Telegraph of his terrible treatment at the hands of his German captors.
He died on 26th November from ‘septic-pneumonia’
His funeral took place locally with full military honours, headed by the Barrow Hill and Staveley Prize Band, the cortege left the soldiers home at 38 Station Road, and proceeded along the main streets of Brimington en route for Staveley cemetery where he was buried. Mrs Haycox was unable to attend her husband’s funeral owing to a serious illness. And it is understood that she also died a short time after her husband, leaving 4 small children orphaned. The soldier was 32 years old.
Prisoner of War - Link to POW
Grave ref : UU.38.C
Private Alfred William Herbert
11799 2nd Bn Sherwoods (Notts & Derby Regt)
Died 26th Oct 1914 Age 21
Remembered : Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainaut, Belgium
Private Herbert lived with his parents at 20 Chesterfield Road and was 21 years old when he joined the army at outbreak of hostilities. He was shipped to France in early September 1914.
A month later he was reported missing in action and there was no news of his fate for many weeks. His mother was told that he could have been taken as a prisoner of war and inquiries went on for months. Mrs Herbert finally received news from the War Office that they could not trace her son at all despite extensive searches. So eventually and for legal purposes they pronounced him ‘killed in action’ on the date he was last seen. He was one of 4 men from Brimington—3 from the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters who were killed in October 1914.
No Known Grave - Private Herberts name is inscribed on Panel 7 of the Memorial
Private Arthur Fearn (Hewitt)
49621 9th Bn Essex Regiment (formally with Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt)
Died 30th Sept 1918 Aged 23
Remembered : Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Nr Arras
Private Hewitt (also known as Arthur Fearn) joined the forces on 27th April 1918 and was sent to France in August of that year. He lasted just four weeks in the trenches before he was killed in action, during what became known as the ‘Advance to Victory’ in Picardy. Before the war he lived with his parents Arthur and Sarah at 31 Cotterhill Lane, and worked at Ireland Colliery as a miner. He was 23 years old when he gave his life for his country.
No Known Grave - Private Fearn's name is inscribed on Panel 7 on the Memorial
Corporal Ernest Emsley Hewitt
10712 & 147171 Lincolnshire Regt /Royal Engineers
Died 30th July 1917 Age 34
Buried : Coxyde Cemetery, Belgium
Corporal Hewitt joined the forces in early 1915, initially recruited into the Lincolnshire Regiment before he was transferred to the Royal Engineers a short time later. He was shipped to France on 15th July 1915 and spent a year deployed in a variety of battle areas, before he was moved to Belgium.
In June 1917 British forces relieved the French at the strategic Belgium village of Coxyde, a few miles from the coast, and it was here that Corporal Hewitt was killed during one of the constant heavy German bombardments.
Before the war the soldier lived with his parents John and Anne Hewitt at 28 Burnell Street, and worked as a train driver for Staveley Iron and Steel. He was 34 years old.
Grave ref : II.B.17 “ Thy Will be Done”
Able Seaman Arthur Hibbert
R/141 Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Died 26th October 1917 Aged 39
Manor Road, Brimington Common
Remembered : Tyne Cot Memorial, Passchendaele, Belgium
Able Seaman Hibbert lived with his father William Hibbert at 2 Manor Road, and was a fettler by trade before the war.
As an army reservist from 1915 he was called up in August 1916 and was drafted into the ‘Howe Battalion’ in 1917 where he was killed in action at Passchendaele. He was 39 years old.
No Known Grave - Able Seaman Hibberts name is inscribed on Panel 2-3 of Tyne Cot Memorial
Private Frank Hibbert
18330 3rd Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Died 14th August 1915 Aged 38
Married with two sons
Buried : Staveley Cemetery , Chesterfield
Private Hibbert was born in Staveley, and lived with his parents at Sycamore House in the grounds of Ringwood Hall, where his father was a carpenter and farmer. Frank was a gardener at the hall from a young age. For a short time he lived in Huddersfield where he met and married a local girl, but by 1907 he was back in the Chesterfield area and living at 57 Devonshire Cottages at Barrow Hill. He eventually worked as a gas regulator for Staveley Company. He was 38 years old when he died of his wounds. It is understood that he was severely wounded by shrapnel and was bought back to England shortly before he died. He left a widow and two young sons, Norman and Reginald.
Grave ref UU.44.C
L/Corp Percy Hickey
61030 2nd Bn Sherwood (Notts & Derby Regt)
Died 5th February 1918 Aged 22
Buried : Beaumetz Cross Rd Cemetery, France
Private Hickey was one of seven children born to John and Annie Hickey, and living at 1 Foljambe Road, at the outbreak of war. He joined the forces on the 8th Sept 1916 and after a few weeks of basic training he was sent to the western front. From the very beginning his unit experienced some of the worse encounters with the enemy and it continued throughout the rest of 1916 and into 1917. In January 1918 Private Hickey was wounded in the wrist, whilst helping to defend the French village of Beaumetz-les-Cambrai against fierce opposition from the Germans. He later died of his injury. He was 22 years old and worked at Staveley Works before the war.
Grave ref : D.23
Sapper Walter Higgins
247267 Royal Engineers
Died 4th January 1918 Aged 44
33 Victoria Street
Married with two children
Buried : Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Calais, France
Sapper Higgins was born in Manchester and moved to the village with his family as a young boy.
He was an old soldier and had seen action in many parts of the world, including South Africa . At the outbreak of the Great War, he rejoined his old regiment the East Yorkshires in January 1915, and saw further action in France before being moved to Salonika in Greece.
Sometime in late 1915 he contracted a tropical disease in Greece and after a short rest he was again sent to France and this time was attached to the Royal Engineers, stationed in Calais. It is said—because of his weakened state he caught pneumonia and died.
He was 44 years old and left behind a widow and two children, another child Evelyn had died aged 7 in 1914.
Grave ref : II.C.4 “ Not My Will, But Thine O Lord “
Private Fredrick C Hobson
G/19510 7th Bn Queens Own (Royal West Kent's)
Died 12th October 1917 Aged 23
South Moor Road
Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial, Passchendaele, Belgium
Private Hobson was married just 5 days before he enlisted to fight the Germans in March 1917.
He joined the forces alongside his best friend Charlie Hurst, another Brimington lad, and both were posted to France in June of that year. By July they had been transferred from the Sherwood Foresters to the Queens Own Royal West Kent’s and the unit moved to Belgium.
By mid October 1917 Private Hobson’s new wife received news that her husband had been wounded. When after a long wait she had not heard from her husband she began to make further enquiries and was eventually told that Private Hobson had in fact been killed at Passchendaele. He died along side his best pal—Private Charlie Hurst. His was 23 years old when he died and had lived at South Moor Road, Brimington Common with his wife.
No Known Grave - Private Hobsons is inscribed on Panel 106 of Tyne Cot Memorial
Private Ernest Hoole
308152 2nd/7th Duke of Wellington (West Riding)
Died 3rd February 1918 Aged 27
Engaged to be married
Buried: Roclincourt Military Cemetery, France
Private Hoole had been a talented footballer in his day and had trials with some of the major clubs of that era. He joined the forces in 1915 and served in France until his death. He was killed by a German shell which made a direct hit on his trench in 1918.
His brother received the news of his death in a letter from his commanding officer Lieut H I Shingood who stated -
‘Private Hoole was killed by a shell burst and died instantly and I, my fellow officers and NCOs' send our deepest sympathies’
He was 27years old when he was killed, and lived with his brother at Church Street, Brimington. He had been engaged to be married to Miss Mabel Doughty, a well known figure who served the village school as teacher and head teacher eventually. Miss Doughty never married.
Grave ref : IV.A.1
Private Charles William Hurst
G/19517 7th Queens Own (Royal West Kent)
Died 12th October 1917 Aged 22
Remembered : Tyne Cot Memorial Passchendaele, Belgium
Private Hurst worked for the Midland Railway Company, and lived at 18 Queen Street, with his parents, Arthur and Annie Hurst. The young Brimingtonlad joined the forces in March 1917 along with his best friend Fred Hobson. They had been close pals since he’d moved with his family from Bedfordshire a few years before and like Fred he joined the Sherwood Foresters first before reassigning to the Queens Own Royal West Kent’s. He was killed aged 22 at Passchendaele alongside his friend Private Fred Hobson.
No Known Grave - Private Hursts name is inscribed on Panel 106 of Tyne Cot Memorial
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