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We have uncovered a reference for a Corporal Sadler who was serving with the Notts and Derby regiment, 11th Battalion and was wounded in July 1916 during the Somme offensive. He was a good friend of Albert Fearn but we have been unable to ascertain any further details.

Thomas Sayles of Wales Bar (b.1893) was the son of John Sayles who was a widower.  Thomas served in the Royal Navy, and married Mary Dobson in 1915 at Wales.

John William ScottPrivate John William Scott (b.1897, Killamarsh) lived with his mother Emma Watson at 19 Kirkcroft Square, Killamarsh.  He was a friend of Henry Draper (also from Killamarsh) and they both worked at Kiveton Park Colliery.  They served in the same regiment, the North Staffords, 7th Battalion (17782) and witnessed some of the worst fighting of the war at Gallipoli, from where they were evacuated to Egypt and then moved to Mesopotamia.  He died from wounds on 22nd April 1916.



James SimmondsPrivate James Thomas Simmonds (b.1891, Waleswood) was the son of William and Sarah Simmonds, although his father died and his mother remarried John Green. They lived on Church Street at Wales.  James enlisted into the East Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Yorks), 7th Battalion (11922) and was killed on 31st March 1916.  We are not sure why he doesn’t appear on the Wales Square memorial as we believe his family was still resident in the village.




Harry SissonsPrivate Harry Sissons (b. 1896, Wales) was one of the first to volunteer on 2nd Sept 1914  in the St John’s rooms, Kiveton, joining the Notts and Derby Regiment, 2nd Battalion (service number 14719). He was a miner  at Kiveton Colliery and lived at 9 Carrington Terrace, Kiveton with parents John William and Elizabeth Sissons.  He was killed in action on 17th December 1915 and is commemorated on the Colliery memorial and Wales Square.




Albert Arthur SmithPrivate Albert Arthur Smith (b. 1893, Harthill) was the son of William Arthur and Sarah Smith of Spens Cottage, Harthill.  He was among the first to enlist on 2nd September 1914, St John’s rooms, Kiveton joining the Grenadier Guards, 1st Battalion (18306).  His death on 15th June 1915 was reported in the Worksop Guardian:

Last week we stated that the parents of Pte. Albert Arthur Smith had received intimation that he had been wounded in action in France. On Tuesday morning the official intimation was received that Pte. Albert Arthur Smith, 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, had died on June 15th, of wounds received in action. Quite a gloom was cast over the village when the news leaked out, and the church bells tolled. Pte. Smith was the first to die for his country in the present war from the village.  Pte. Smith was a fine manly young man and was of a most cheerful disposition. He was an ex-member of the choir of All Hallows Church and of the Rev. B. Darley’s Bible Class. He enlisted on September 3rd 1914 and joined the Grenadier Guards.  Much sympathy is extended by the parishioners to his parents and brothers and sisters and to his fiancée (Miss Heeley, of Sheffield).  Pte. Smith would have attained his 23rd birthday on Monday last.

As an employee of the Kiveton Park Colliery, he was commemorated on the colliery memorial.

Harold Vincent Snowden was a butcher, lodging with John Henry and Maud Smith, also a butcher, of 41 Station Road, Kiveton.  On enlistment he named his next of kin as Henry Snowden of Market Place, Maltby, joining the York and Lancsashire Regiment on 7th Dec 1915 (25432), but was transferred to the Scottish Rifles, 2/5th Battalion 27th May 1915.  He was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps 22nd Sept 1916, and to the reserves 7th Sept 1919.  He married Amy Nettleton, of 25 Kiveton on 14 September 1918.

Lance Corporal Harold William Spilsbury (b.1890) served with the Royal Field Artillery, and later the Royal Engineers, firstly as a Bombardier but was promoted to Lance Corporal (service numbers 21307, 309130, WR/276843).  He was in Gallipoli from 2nd July 1915.  He married Lilian Newbold, age 22, at Wales on 28th December 1918.

W Stephenson appears on the Wales UM chapel plaque but we have been unable to confirm details for his service.  It is possible that he is the same person named in the Sheffield City Battalion book by Ralph Gibson and Paul Oldfield.  If you can help, please get in touch via the contact page.

John Eton Stevenson (b. 1898, Wales Bar) lived with his widowed mother Mary Stevenson.  He is named on the Wales UM chapel plaque but we have been unable to locate his service records.

Private Cecil Walberg Stimson (b.1890, Kiveton) of 13 Carrington Terrace, Kiveton served with the York and Lancaster Regiment, 12th Battalion (12/522), and later with the Durham Light Infantry (93199).  He worked at Kiveton Park Colliery and married Nellie Unwin of Harthill on 12th July 1917.

Horace Stone of Harthill served with the Royal Navy on HMS Hydra.  He married Esther Waring in 1915.

Private Wilfred Storey of Chapel Yard, Harthill (b.1888) was the son of William and Annie Storey and stated his occupation as a painter at enlistment into the York and Lancaster Regiment, 2/5th Battalion on 10th March 1916 at Rotherham (241783).  He was wounded which resulted in his leg being amputated.

Private John Henry Storr (b.1897, Norton) was the son of Thomas and Mary Storr, who lived at 26 Park Terrace, Kiveton.  He enlisted on 26th April 1918 at Barnsley (40483) into the Duke of Wellingtons, 3rd Battalion.  He served for 8 months, having only been in training, he was released for mining duties in December 1918 and never went to the front. John worked at Kiveton Park Colliery.

Martha Swift (b.1881, Kiveton) was the daughter of George and Betty Swift.  She served with the Red Cross, Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD).  She married Harold Grounsell in Nov 1917 but he was killed just a month later in December 1917.


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