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Lenonard MallenderPrivate Leonard Mallender (b.1895, Wales) was the son of James and Florence Mallender of 144 Wales Road, Kiveton.  When he first went to sign up, he was refused as he was in a protected profession (mining) but was later called up and served in the York and Lancs Regiment, 3rd Reserve (14663).  His service was recorded on the Wales UM chapel plaque and he worked at Waleswood colliery as a compressor house attendant.  His daughter Margaret Gibson is a member of the society.




Harry Martin DSMSecond Lieutenant Henry (Harry) Martin DCM was born at Alfreton in 1887 to Harry and Emily Martin.  He worked as a fitter at Waleswood colliery and in 1911 had been boarding with the Hewitson family at Wales.   He enlisted into the York and Lancaster, Sheffield City Battalion in September 1914 at Sheffield (10777) and was awarded the DCM while an NCO at Arras on 16th April 1917.  It was the bravery he demonstrated while winning the DSO which gained him a commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery.  He was later attached to RAF and obtained observers wings, but failed the medical due to a weak heart following being gassed several times in the trenches.  The Worksop Guardian report of hisdeath stated that "he met his death while training in trench tactics and gas shell experiments on October 13th, a gas shell, through some cause or other, bursting in the breach of the gun and gassing all the gun team.  He was removed to the Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot and died on October 19th".  His funeral took place in his home village of Somercoats with full military honours. He was well known locally for playing cricket and hockey and was engaged to Miss Norah Stapleton of Kiveton Park.


Frank Miller Second Lieutenant Frank J Miller MM (b. 1893 at Kiveton) was the son of George and Annie Miller of 70 Wales Road, Kiveton and was a teacher at Kiveton School (later Southport).  He enlisted in November 1915 with Kings Royal Rifles (12631) and was awarded a Military Medal (reported Worksop Guardian 15/12/1916) for assisting in capturing a German machine gun under heavy fire at Fleurs.  The following year he was offered a commission which was reported in the Worksop Guardian on 23rd February 1917:

Sergeant Frank J. Miller will be warmly congratulated by a wide circle of friends upon being promoted to commissioned rank upon the recommendation of his commanding officer, for distinguished service in France.  Second-Lieutenant Miller, who is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G Miller of Wales Road, Kiveton Park, and has a wife (nee Miss Alice Illsley) and one child resident at Kiveton Park, enlisted in the King’s Royal Rifles in November 1915, and has seen considerable active service in France. He was awarded the Military Medal for assisting to capture a German field gun under heavy fire at Fleurs on September 15th 1916, and has since been invalided home with rheumatic fever, from which we are pleased to say he has recovered. For that service he was made Sergeant, and now has been offered and accepted a commissioned rank.   Second-Lieutenant Miller, who is 25 years of age, was educated at Kiveton Park Council School and afterwards at Sheffield Training College, and entered the teaching profession. He served at the Kiveton School as a P.T. and upon the gaining of his certificate was given a post on the staff of the Wales Council School and afterwards accepted a more ‘important’ post at Church Town Schools, Southport, from which place he enlisted in November 1915.  Sec.-Lieut. Miller will probably be attached to the Machine Gun Corps.


Fred Mortimer

Private Fred Mortimer: was killed on either the 18th or 19th November 1916. He is buried in grave B55 at the Grandcourt Road Cemetery in Grandcourt. His parents were Tom and Harriet Mortimer, who lived at 93 South Terrace in Wales. Fred was 20 years old when he was killed, serving in the 8th Battalion of the North Staffs Regiment, service number 14883. This demonstrates the array of battalions which Kiveton men fought in, as the 8th (Service) Battalion of the North Staffs were formed originally in Litchfield, in September 1914. Fred was killed during the fighting around the Ancre, a major part of the Battle of the Somme. The advance on Grandcourt was the last stage of the Battle of the Somme, which was declared ended on the very day which Fred died. Fred is buried in Grandcourt itself.


Fred MoseleyDriver Frederick Moseley was born in 1882 at Peterborough and lived on Firvale, Harthill with his wife and 6 children.  He worked at Kiveton Park colliery.  He enlisted amongst the 89 men who signed up in the St Johns rooms Kiveton on 2nd September 1914 and served with the Royal Army Service Corp and later was transferred to Royal Field Artillery (T2/11405).  His service is summed up by a Worksop Guardian article of 31st January 1919 following his death:

Driver Frederick Moseley

After a considerable service in France, the Dardanelles and Salonica, the death has occurred at the last named place, from pneumonia followed upon influenza of Driver Fredk. Moseley, R.F.A., of Firvale, Harthill. Driver Moseley was 36 years of age and leaves a widow and six children, the oldest who is sixteen.  He enlisted on September 2nd 1914 prior to which he worked as a miner at Kiveton Park Colliery. He was sent to France a fortnight after joining up and went there for some months when he was wounded. On recovery he took part in the operations of the Dardanelles and was invalided home suffering from shell shock. Later, he was again in France and some time ago was drafted to Salonica, where he died on January 5th.  The poor fellow was looking forward to shortly returning home, when he was taken ill.  He had the Mons Star and ribbon and was a good soldier. The Chaplain of the hospital who attended him in his last illness speaks very highly of him. He was well known in Firvale and much sympathy is expressed with his widow and children.  Deceased’s two brothers have also served and were discharged recently.

Fred is commemorated on the Kiveton Park colliery memorial.


Private Harold Mozley (b.1892, Swallownest) was the son of William and Harriet Mozley  who lived at 19 Monk Bridge Road, Dinnington.  Harold was working at Kiveton Park Colliery and living at 15 Park Terrace, Kiveton at the time of his enlistment on 18th August 1915 at Retford,  into the Sherwood Rangers, 3/1st Nottinghamshire Yeomanry (2890) where he served as a cook.  He was discharged 6th June 1916 due to deafness.


Thomas MosleyPrivate Thomas Edwin Mosley was born at Staveley in 1890, son of William Kitson Mozley and the family lived at 27 Albert Terrace, Kiveton.  An employee of Kiveton Park Colliery, he enlisted with the Royal Army Medical Corps (68624) on 17th Sept 1915.  The Worksop Guardian reported his death on 3rd May 1918:

It is with deep regret that we announce the death in action of Pte. Thomas Mozley, R.A.M.C., son of Mr. W. K. Mozley, Albert Terrace, Kiveton Park. The intelligence was conveyed in a letter from Lieut. Col. D. Brockman, R.A.M.C., which reads as follows:-

“Dear Mr. Mozley,- It is with deep regret that I have to write and tell you of the death in action of your son. He was a good lad and has died in a great cause. He was a conscientious worker and a favourite in the unit, and will be missed by many friends. Owing to the heavy fighting, my unit has suffered greatly in both the Bosche Offensives in the North and South, and I fear I have lost some of my best officers and men. I feel proud of every one of them, and I am sure that this will be some consolation to those whom they have left to mourn their loss. With my sincere condolences, very truly yours”.

Pte. Mozley who was 27 years of age, enlisted shortly after the outbreak of war and has served 2½ years in France. Prior to enlistment he worked at Kiveton Park Colliery. Another brother is serving in France. We join in the many expressions of sympathy to the relatives of the fallen soldier.

He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Haincourt, panel ii, and also the Kiveton Colliery Memorial, Wales Square and St Johns church plaque.


Private Horation Mullins was lodging with his uncle and aunt William and Sarah Jane Morris in 1911at Waleswood Colliery, where he was working.  He served with the East Yorkshire Regiment, 3rd Battalion, service number 3/6547.

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