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Author Archives: Paul Stephenson

Wakenshaw – Private Adam Herbert

Wakenshaw – Private Adam Herbert

9 June 1914 – 27June 1942 Adam was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and worked as a miner at Elswick Colliery. He enlisted at the outbreak of the war into the 9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. On the 27th June 1942, south of Mersa Matruh, Egypt, Private Wakenshaw was a member of the crew of… Continue Reading

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Chapman – Corporal Edward Thomas

Chapman – Corporal Edward Thomas

13 January 1920 – 3February 2002 Edward was born in Pontlottyn, Glamorgan and worked as a miner at Ogilvie Colliery at Deri. He enlisted in the 3rd Monmouthshire Regiment in 1940 and saw action in Normandy, the Low Countries and North West Germany. On 2nd April 1945 in Dortmund-Ems Canal, Germany, his section was advancing… Continue Reading

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Johnson – Sergeant William (Bill) Henry

Johnson – Sergeant William (Bill) Henry

15 October 1890 – 25 April 1945 William was born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. He worked at Manton Colliery and was a bell-ringer at Worksop Priory Church. He enlisted into the Sherwood Foresters on 9 February 1916 and was serving as a Sergeant in the 1/5th Battalion, Nottinghamshire Regiment when he performed the deed for which… Continue Reading

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Hunter – Corporal David Ferguson

Hunter – Corporal David Ferguson

28 November 1891 – 14 February 1965 David Hunter was born in Kingseat, Dunfermline and worked at Dean Colliery in the village. After serving in various regiments, in September 1918 he joined the 1/5th Battalion (City of Glasgow) Highland Light Infantry, with whom he was awarded his VC. On 16th/17th September 1918 at Moeuvres, France,… Continue Reading

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Heaviside – Private Michael Wilson

Heaviside – Private Michael Wilson

15 October 1880 – 26 April 1939 Michael was born in St Giles, Durham and was employed as a miner at Burnhope Colliery, Durham. He served as a stretcher-bearer in the Second Boer War before returning to mining and moving to the Oswald Pit in 1913. Michael enlisted in the 10th Durham Light Infantry on… Continue Reading

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Hackett – Sapper William (Youthey)

Hackett – Sapper William (Youthey)

11 June 1873 – 27 June 1916 William was born in Sneinton, Nottinghamshire. At the age of 18 he started work filling mine tubs at Denaby Main, moving to Manvers Main after 23 years to work as a dataller, laying and repairing tracks. He was known as “Youthey” due to his habit of referring to… Continue Reading

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Grimshaw – Corporal John Elisha

Grimshaw – Corporal John Elisha

20 January 1893 – 20 July 1980 John was born in Abram, near Wigan, Lancashire. He worked with his father as a carpenter at Messrs Cross, Tetley and Co. Ltd collieries in the Wigan coalfields before enlisting with the Lancashire Fusiliers in 1912, at the age of 19. He served in India until the outbreak… Continue Reading

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Gregg – Sergeant William (Bill)

Gregg – Sergeant William (Bill)

27 January 1890 – 10 August 1969 Bill was born in Tag Hill, Heanor, Derbyshire and worked as a miner at Shipley Colliery before enlisting in the 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade in 1914. He saw action on the Western Front and was wounded on the Somme. His heroic action saw him become the first British… Continue Reading

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Greaves – Acting Corporal Fred

Greaves – Acting Corporal Fred

16 May 1890 – 11 June 1973 Fred was born in Killamarsh, Derbyshire. He was employed as a miner at Bonds Main and later at Barlborough No 2 Pit and Markham Colliery. He survived a number of injuries, the most serious being when he was run over by a coal truck, which broke both his… Continue Reading

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Fynn – Private James Henry (Finn)

Fynn – Private James Henry (Finn)

24 November 1893 – 30 March 1917 James Finn was born in Truro, Cornwall and was one of 11 children. He moved to South Wales looking for work and became a miner at Cwmtillery Colliery near Abertillery. On the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the 4th Battalion South Wales Borderers where his surname was… Continue Reading

Filed Under: WW1