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Fred AdamsLance Corporal Fred Adams MM served in the 1st Btln Notts & Derbys (Sherwood Forresters), service number 18717, joining in November 1914.  He was born in Killamarsh, the youngest son, and lived at either 237 or 239 Sheffield Road, Killamarsh, with his widowed mother Hannah and siblings.  He was awarded the Military Medal in February 1918 (Gaz. 23/2/18, p2413) for 'bravery in the field'.  Fred was captured and held as a prisoner of war from 25th March 1918, however during the Autumn of 1918 he was admitted to the Saxon Field Hospital suffering from bronchial catarrh. Having gone through the war uninjured, he died on the 16th October, 1918 and was buried at the  Hautmont  Communual Cemetery near Maubeuge in France. It seems that his mother wasn't informed of his death until five months later. He is commemorated on the Kiveton Colliery memorial as an employee of the coal company.  (Picture and some information courtesey of Gordon Siddall).


John Aldous (born around 1885 in Kiveton), the son of Matthew and Maria Aldous of 15 Wesley Road Kiveton is named on the Roll of Honour in St John’s church, however we have been unable to trace his military record.
Matthew Aldous (born around 1886), brother to John and Robert enlisted on 11th December 1915 and served in the York and Lancaster regiment and later the Durham Light Infantry (service numbers 35752; 169074).  On his attestation paper he stated his profession as greengrocer and was described as 5’ 3 ¾’’ tall, 130Lbs; his chest was 38’’ with a 4’’ expansion.  His vision passed the test when wearing glasses as he was short sighted.  His defects were described as “hammer toes, both feet” and “flat feet”.  He was allocated to a ‘Service’ battalion and sent to Clipstone Camp for training.  He was posted to France 20th August 1917 until 27th April 1918, when he was hospitalised in Glasgow due to myalgia in the right hip and left foot (the cause given as as due to getting wet).  He left hospital in June 1918 but was clearly still having difficulty and was referred to for further examinations.  On 4th September he claimed that his last employment was as a miner at Kiveton Park Colliery and on 5th September was transferred to the Reserves for 'mining duties'.  He was fully discharged February 12th 1919.  On 2nd February 1916 he had married Jane Featherstone in Harthill Church.

Private Robert William Aldous (44118) like his younger brother Matthew served in the York and Lancaster Regiment (8th Battalion), enlisting on 24th June 1916 in Rotherham when he stated his religion as Primitive Methodist.  He was examined at Pontefract on 16th July 1917 and posted to France for Italy 29th November 1917.  He had married Sarah Mills on 7th October 1905 and they had children Albert (b.1906), Leslie Edwin (b. 1908) and Cissy (b. 1910).

Gunner John Ancliffe, born 1897, the son of Gervase and Ann Ancliffe.  They lived at The Grange, Wales.  He served in the Machine Gun Corps. He worked as a miner prior to enlistment and married Hilda Freeman in 1919.

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