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Captain Francis Campion Earl was born in 1896 at Northfield, Worcester the son of James Newton Earl and Kate Campion Earl (nee Storry).  His father was a clergyman but died while his mother was pregnant with Francis, so he never knew his father.  His mother Kate married Rev. Charles Ellis in 1900 and moved her young family (Francis and his sister Kathleen) to the vicarage at Wales.  He was sent to Christ Hospital School, West Horsham, Sussex (per 1911 census) which made him eligible for a commissioned rank when he enlisted into the army.  We don’t know exactly when he joined but it is likely that this was at the end of 1915 as he applied for the 1915 star medal after the war but this was declined as he was not on active service.  It appears from his medal card that he was posted to Egypt in January 1916 but was later posted to France as he was wounded July 1st 1916 on the Somme. An extract from The Sheffield City Battalion book, by Ralph Gibson and Paul Oldfield (published Pen and Sword books, page 179/180) reports of his wounding.  He later moved to The Hall, East Markham and died in 1946.

Private Herbert Eddershaw was born around 1890 at Wales, the son of John and Harriett Eddershaw.  The family lived at 4 Springfield Terrace, Kiveton and he worked at Kiveton Park Colliery as a hewer.   Herbert enlisted 29th August 1914 into the Coldstream Guards (service number 11230) and was discharged 11th September 1918 due to muscular rheumatism.


Clarence Elliot

Private Clarence Charles Elliott: He was born at Whitwell in 1895, the son of Mary Ann Elliott. They later moved to Killamarsh, living at 99 Sheffield Road.  The article in the Derbyshire Courier, 19 June 1915, explained the circumstances of his death:

‘Killamarsh Soldiers Fate’

In the absence of official information, the relatives of Private Clarence Elliot of Sheffield Road Killamarsh, who enlisted in the 1st Sherwood Foresters at the first recruiting meeting held at Killamarsh in August last year (1914). Relatives are anxious to know his fate in view of information that has come to their knowledge from other sources, that he has been killed, that he has been wounded only. Parcels and letters that have been sent out to him by his friends at Killamarsh have been returned, one letter being marked wounded in pencil, and the official stamp indicating an absence of information as to exact whereabouts.

In response to a letter asking for any information concerning Private Elliot, Private W. Howe, who had previously written to the family when Clarence was in hospital with fever, by a postcard, says, ‘After enquiring all over the Battalion I have found out that Clarence was wounded in action on May 9th and I expect he will be in England by now. A Corporal in his company told me he saw him injured in the shoulder and legs'.

Private Elliot was well known in Killamarsh as a promising footballer and worked at Kiveton Park Colliery. He would have attained his majority on October 14th this year. Any intelligence relating to Private Elliot will be appreciated by his widowed mother who resides at Killamarsh. From a further letter that has been received by Mrs. A. Storey of High Street, Killamarsh, a married sister of Private Clarence Elliot, circumstances seem to indicate that he has lost his life. The letter written by Lance Corporal Tollerton of the 1st Sherwood Foresters is as follows: ‘ I am very sorry to have to inform you that your brother Private C. Elliot went into action with me on May 9th and was unfortunate to meet his death. If it is any consolation to you to know, I may say that he died like a soldier who was doing his duty. He was well respected by all who knew him. The writer concludes with an expression of sympathy.


Frederick Emmeron (born 1896, Kiveton) was the son of James Emmerson (widow) of 5 Wales Road, Kiveton.  He worked at the colliery and was the cousin of Arthur who was killed in action.  His service is recorded on the Wales UM chapel plaque.

Private William Arthur Emmerson Arthur Emmerson(known as Arthur) served with the 12th Battalion of the Yorks and Lancs Regiment, otherwise known as the Sheffield City Battalion, service number 121358. Prior to enlisting in September 1914, he was a stone mason (1911 census) but a report in the Worksop Guardian at the time of his death suggests he had begun to help in the family business.  He was the son of George and Grace Emmerson, shopkeepers at 71 Wales Road, who had come originally from Monmouthshire and Cornwall respectively. He was also a prominent member of Kiveton Park Hockey Club (Worksop Guardian 20th April 1916).  Arthur died 8th April 1916, just days after the Battalion had arrived in France as a result of a mortar shell falling amongst the men. They had been initially assigned to Egypt, to guard the Suez Canal, but had then been redirected to France, a five-day journey by boat. It was only a few days after arriving in France, to bitter cold and approaching snow, that Emmerson was killed. He is buried in grave IH74 in the Sucrerie Military Cemetery in Colincamps, alongside over a thousand fellow servicemen, many of whom died when the great Somme offensive began a few months later.  He is also commemorated on the Wales United Methodist Church plaque and window.

Private Bernard Evans (born 1897 at Wales) lived at 7 Manor Road and worked as a miner.  He enlisted 14th November 1914 at Sheffield into the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI), service number 19991, giving his age as 19 years 11 months, when in fact he was only 17.  He was discharged 12th May 1915 due to poor eyesight.

Sergeant Cecil Eyley had been brought up in Kirkby in Ashfield before the family moved to live at 39 Wesley Road in Kiveton Park; he was the son of Hargrave and Sarah Ann Eyley. He enlisted along with his brother John and many other Kiveton lads on 2nd September 1914 at the St John's rooms, Kiveton joining the 10th Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (service numner 14729).  Both he and his brother were promoted to Lance corporal in October 1914 and both were again promoted to Sergeant in October 1915.  Cecil married Jessie (nee Smith) who lived on Fir Vale during the first quarter of 1915, presumably while on leave. Cecil was killed on 14 February 1916, aged 21, and is commemorated on panels 39 and 41 of the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. His body was never found.  He is also commemorated on the Wales Square memorial and the Kiveton Park Colliery memorial.

Sergeant John Hargrave Eyley was born 1892 at East Kirby, Nottinghamshire, the son of Hargrave and Sarah Ann Eyley and brother to Cecil.  They lived at 39 Wesley Road.  Along with his brother he served in the Notts and Derby Regiment (Sherwood Foresters) 10th Battalion (service number 14744).  He was honourably discharged 14th December 1918 and entitled to the Silver War badge as well as his medals.


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