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WORMHILL WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Louis Mills 2019
Researched Martin Edwards 2022

There are two memorials within Holy Trinity Church, School Road, Peak Dale, Buxton, both take the form of a white marble tablet on a black wooden backboard; the memorials were originally in St. Margaret of Antioch Church, Wormhill, Peak Dale, Buxton but the church has been closed since 2003/4. The First World War tablet has a triangular top with the insignia of the Sherwood Foresters flanked by leaves at the head and has 28 names listed. The Second World War tablet has a triangular shaped top and an incised cross inside a wreath coloured black at the head. with the inscription in black lettering; there are 7 names listed. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order within conflict for ease of reading and research.

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TO THE GLORY OF GOD,
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF OUR BROTHERS, WHO LAID DOWN
THEIR LIVES IN THE GREAT WAR.
AUGUST 1914 - JUNE 1919

ALLCOCK Stanley
Private 241111, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 10 March 1917. Born Wormhill, Derbyshire, resident Peak Dale, Derbyshire, enlisted Buxton, Derbyshire. Buried in WARLINCOURT HALTE BRITISH CEMETERY, SAULTY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VI. Row C. Grave 9.
ALLCOCK Tom
Corporal 1443, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born Chapel-En-Le-Frith, Derbyshire, resident Stockport, Cheshire, enlisted Dove Holes, Derbyshire. Son of the late William and Mary Ann Allcock, of Dove Holes, Stockport; husband of Louie Allcock, of 4, New St., Upper End, Peak Dale, Stockport. Buried in FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row L. Grave 20.
BENNETT [William] Hedley
[Listed as William Hedley BENNETT on SDGW] Lance Corporal 24242, 139th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly 1656, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 12 May 1917. Aged 22. Born Peak Forest, Derby, enlisted Peak Vale. Son of Henry Smith Bennett and Sarah Ann Bennett, of Peak Dale, Wormhill, Derbyshire. Buried in CALAIS SOUTHERN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot G. Row 2. Grave 17.
BLACKBURN John Hicks
[Spelt BLACKBOURN on SDGW] Private 240387, 11th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds 6 October 1918. Aged 21. Born Bamford, Derbyshire, resident Peak Dale, Derbyshire, enlisted Chapel-En-Le-Frith, Derbyshire. Son of the late John and Sarah Blackburn; nephew of Alice Farrow, of Upper End, Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Buried in STE. MARIE CEMETERY, LE HAVRE, Seine-Maritime, France. Division 62. Plot V. Row H. Grave 8.
BOAM, DCM Herbert James
Private 242753, 2nd/5th Battalion, King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry). Killed in action 27 March 1918. Born Wormhill, Derbyshire [Warmhill on SDGW], enlisted Buxton. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.). No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 7.
BOOTH William
Sergeant 240201, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 3 June 1917. Aged 26. Born Wormhill, Derbyshire, enlisted Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Son of Thomas Henry Booth, of Upper End, Peak Dale, Stockport. Buried in FOSSE NO.10 COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, SAINS-EN-GOHELLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 45.
BRADWELL John Thomas
Private 89353, 2nd Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 19 March 1918. Born Whaley Bridge, Cheshire, resident Peak Dale, Cheshire (sic), enlisted Buxton, Derbyshire. Buried in FAVREUIL BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row E. Grave 34.
BYATTE Stanley James
[Listed as James S BYATTE on SDGW and medal card] Private 201282, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Died of wounds 21 July 1918. Born Wormhill, Derbyshire, resident Peak Dale, Stockport (sic), enlisted Buxton, Derbyshire. In the 1891 census he was aged 1, born Wormhill, Derbyshire, son of Frank and Hannah S Byatte, resident Lowfield Houses, Doveholes Road, Wormhill, Chapel En Le Frith, Derbyshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 20, born Wormhill, Derbyshire, a Waggoner in quarries, nephew of James and Grace Emily Byatte, resident Fern House Farm, Peak Dale, Buxton, Worm Hill, Derbyshire. Buried in LONGUENESSE (ST. OMER) SOUVENIR CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot V. Row C. Grave 91.
CROSSLAND William
Private 18045, 2nd/6th Battalion, Regiment Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died on service 2 November 1918. Born Wormhill, Derbyshire, resident Peak Dale, Derbyshire, enlisted Buxton, Derbyshire. Son of Mr. H. Crossland, of 1, Small Dale, Peak Dale, Stockport. Buried in TERLINCTHUN BRITISH CEMETERY, WIMILLE, Pas de Calais, France. Plot VIII. Row B. Grave 10.
DARBYSHIRE James William
[Listed as DERBYSHIRE on memorial] Private 139225, 31st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly R/16471, King' Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 25 March 1918. Aged 21. Born Buxton, Derbyshire, enlisted Chesterfield. Son of John Thomas and Elizabeth Hannah Darbyshire, of Station Rd., Dove Holes, Stockport, Cheshire. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 10.
FERRIS James Uriah
Lance Corporal 1661, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Died of wounds at 4.15 pm in No. 2 Canadian General Hospital, Le Treport, France, 9 August 1916; due to shot wounds that fractured femur, right thigh amputated 3 July 1916. Aged 22. Born 10 July 1894 in Wormhill, Derbyshire, enlisted Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Son of Mrs. H. Ferris, of Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Attested 17 April 1912 at Park Dale, aged 17 years 9 months,a Rope Runner by trade for Buxton Lime Firms, Peak Dale, height 5 feet 6¾ inches, chest 32¾-35 inches. Embodied for service 5 August 1914, to France 28 February 1915, appointed 2nd Corporal 12 February 1916, reduced to ranks as Private 3 July 1916, appointed Lance Corporal. Admitted to Peak Dale Church Of England Infants School, Derbyshire, 20 April 1898, son of Uriah Ferris, resident Lowfields, Peak Dale, transferred to mixed school 24 May 1901. Admitted to Peak Dale Church of England School, Peak Dale, Derbyshire 1 June 1901, son of Uriah Ferris, of Upper End, Peak Dale, left 19 December 1907. In the 1901 census he was listed as James Uriah Ferris, aged 6, born Derbyshire. son of Uriah and Hannah Ferris, resident Upper End, Wormhill, Chapel En Le Frith, Derbyshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 16, born Peak Dale, Derbyshire. a Weigher of stone works, son of Uriah and Hannah Ferris, resident Pine Cottages, Peak Dale, Buxton, Worm Hill, Derbyshire. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 6.
HASSALL Percy
Private 75162, 1st/1st Derbyshire Yeomanry. Died on service in Salonika 10 June 1917. Aged 24. Born Chapel-En-Le-Firth, Derbyshire, enlisted Buxton. Son of Mary A. E. Hassall, of Small Dale, Peak Dale, Stockport, and the late James Hassall. Buried in STRUMA MILITARY CEMETERY, Greece. Plot II. Row E. Grave 5.
HOPWOOD Robert
Private 18046, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action at Gallipoli 9 August 1915. Aged 23. Born Wormhill, Derbyshire, resident Peak Dale, Derbyshire, enlisted Buxton, Derbyshire. Brother of John S. Hopwood, of 224A, High St. West, Glossop. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey (including Gallipoli). Panel 151 to 153.
HOWE Robert Leonard
Private A124249, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. Died in No. 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, of serious shot wounds to the thigh with compound fracture 21 September 1916. Aged 24. Born 2 February 1892 in Derbyshire. Son of John and Priscilla Howe, of Upper End, Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Farmer by trade. Single. Attested 25 October 1915 at London, Ontario, Canada, aged 23, height 5 feet 5¾ inches, weight 138 lbs, chest 33-36 inches, fair complexion, brown eyes, medium hair, religious denomination Methodist. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot XVI. Row A. Grave 2. National Archives of Canada Accession Reference: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4552 - 35
JACKSON George Leonard
Gunner 58402, 20th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of wounds 8 October 1917. Aged 21. Born and resident Peak Dale, Derbyshire, enlisted Buxton, Derbyshire. Nephew of Elizabeth Jackson, of Hallsteads House, Dove Holes, Stockport. Buried in MONT HUON MILITARY CEMETERY, LE TREPORT, Seine-Maritime, France. Plot III. Row N. Grave9B.
MASON John Thomas
Private 1733, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 16 April 1915. Aged 25. Born Wormhill, Derbyshire, enlisted Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Son of Thomas and Caroline Mason, of Upper End, Peak Dale, Stockport (sic). Buried in KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row E. Grave 44.
MIDDLETON John Edwin
Private 30000, 9th Battalion, Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) formerly 31932, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 20 September 1916. Aged 19. Born and resident Peakdale, Derbyshire, enlisted Newark, Nottinghamshire. Son of Robert Middleton, of Highfield, Peak Dale, Stockport. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 3 A and 3 D.
MORTEN George
Private 103555, 246th Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) formerly T/260403, Royal Army Service Corps. Died as a Prisoner of War 28 October 1918. Born Upper End, Derbyshire, resident Stockport, enlisted Buxton. Buried in NIEDERZWEHREN CEMETERY, KASSEL, Hessen, Germany. Plot III. Row D. Grave 11.
MULLINS Douglas
Private 1665, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 17 April 1915. Born 2 May 1893 in Wormhill, Derbyshire, enlisted Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Son of Martin and Emma Mullins, of Upper End, Peak Dale; husband of Jane Bennett (nee Tattersall, formerly Mullins), of Gordon Road, Townend, Tideswell, one son and one daughter, married April to June Quarter 1913 in Chapel-Le-Frth Registration District, Derbyshire. Admitted to Peak Dale Church of England Infants School 9 May 1898, son of Martin Mullins, resident Small Dale, transferred to mixed school 31 May 1899. Admitted to Peak Dale Church of England School, Peak Dale, Derbyshire 1 June 1899, son of Martin Mullins, left 15 January 1901. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Wormhill, Derbyshire, a Labourer, son of Martin and Emma Mullins, resident Upper End, Peak Dale, Buxton, Worm Hill, Derbyshire. Born Worm Hill, Derbyshire, enlisted 17 April 1912 in Peak Dale (for 4 years), aged 18 years, a Waggoner by trade, height 5 feet 5½ inches, chest 32¼-34½ inches. Embodied 5 August 1914. In France from 28 February 1915. Next of kin Mrs Jane Mullins, of Upper End, Peak daloe, Derbyshire. Buried in KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Row E. Grave 46.
PEARSON George
Private 31840, 10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 7 July 1916. Born Peak Dale, Derbyshire, resident Tideswell, Derbyshire, enlisted Buxton, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 10 C 10 D and 11 A.
PEARSON J
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SALT Moses Leo
Sergeant 240291, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 4 November 1917. Aged 20. Born 7 March 1896 in Wormhill, Derbyshire, resident Peak Dale, Derbyshire, enlisted Chapel-En-Le-Frith, Derbyshire. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Salt, of Spring Bank, Peakdale, Stockport. Admitted to Peak Dale Church of England Infants School, Peak Dale, Derbyshire, 15 June 1898, son of Daniel Salt, resident Upper End, left the district 16 June 1898. Admitted to Peak Dale Church Of England School, Peak Dale, Derbyshire 2 June 1902, son of Daniel Salt, resident Upper End, left 14 June 1907. In the 1901 census he was aged 5, born Upper End, Derbyshire, son of Daniel and Harriet Salt, resident Upper End, Wormhill, Chapel En Le Frith, Derbyshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 15, born Peak Dale, Derbyshire, a Labourer, son of Daniel and Harriett Salt, resident Spring Bank, Peak Dale, Buxton, Worm Hill, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 87 to 89.
SIDEBOTTOM Thomas
Private 2010, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 1 July 1916. Born 14 May 1898 in Dove Holes, Derbyshire, enlisted Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Admitted to Peak Dale Church of England School, Peak Dale, Derbyshire 16 June 1910, son of Charles Sidebottom, resident Post Office Row, Peak Dale, left 26 April 1912 to start work. In the 1911 census he was aged 13, born Dove Holes, Derbyshire, at school, son of Charles and Sarah Hannah Sidebottom, resident Peak Dale, Buxton, Worm Hill, Derbyshire. Buried in FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row L. Grave 42. Also commemorated on Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd, The Buxton Lime Firms Co Ltd Memorial, Peak Dale, Buxton Derbyshire.
TAYLOR Ernest Harold
Private 241674, 2nd/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire And Derbyshire Regiment) attached to 178th Light Trench Mortar Battery. Died of wounds 29 June 1917. Aged 25. Born and resident Peak Dale, Derbyshire, enlisted Buxton, Derbyshire. Son of Kate Taylor, of Upper End, Peak Dale, Stockport, and the late Joseph Shrigley Taylor. In the 1901 census he was aged 7, born Peak Dale, Derbyshire, son of Joseph Srigley and Kate Taylor, resident Upper End, Wormhill, Chapel En Le Frith, Derbyshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 17, born Peak Dale, Derbyshire, a Lime sorter, son of Kate Taylor (a widow), resident Upper End, Peak Dale, Buxton, Worm Hill, Derbyshire. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XXV. Row AA. Grave 14.
TRASK James Albert
[Listed as TRISK on SDGW] Private 240524, 15th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 29 October 1917. Born Wormhill, Derbyshire, resident Tideswell, Derbyshire, enlisted Chapel-En-Le-Frith, Derbyshire. Buried in BLEUET FARM CEMETERY, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 41.
TURNER James William

Gunner 33798, "D" Battery, 52nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 10 July 1916. Aged 25. Born Buxton, Derbyshire, enlisted 31 August 1914 at Sheffield for 3 years Short Service, aged 23 years 66 days. Son of Nathaniel and Sarah Turner, of Upper End, Peak Dale, Stockport, Derbyshire. Effects to Miss Martha Elizabeth Vernon of Loose Hill Farm, Peak Forest. In the 1901 census he was aged 9, born Peak Dale, Derbyshire, son of Nathan and Sarah Turner, resident Dale Cottage, Dove Holes, Fairfield, Chapel En Le Frith, Derbyshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 19, born Chapel En Le Frith, Derbyshire, a Limestone quarryman, son of Nathan and Sarah Turner, resident 19, Small Dale, Worm Hill, Derbyshire. Service record shows he enlisted 31 August 1914 at Sheffield, a Labourer, born Worm Hill, Buxton, Deyshire, living in lodgings, single, heght 5 feet 6½ inches, weight 132lbs, chest 33-37 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, religious denomination Church of England. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 1 A and 8 A.

YATES Robert
Private 60191, 3rd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Died in United Kingdom 23 October 1918. Aged 19. Born and resident Peak Dale, Derbyshire, enlisted Buxton, Derbyshire. Son of John Thomas and Eliza Yates. Buried near N.E. Corner of churchyard in PEAK DALE (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD, Derbyshire.
YATES Samuel Henry
Private 1667, 1st/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire And Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 30 September 1915. Born and resident Wormhill, Derbyshire, enlisted Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Brother of John Thomas Yates, of Higher Sydney, Peak Dale, Stockport. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 41.
THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO DIED FOR FREEDOM IN
THE GREAT WAR II
1939 - 1945.
BAGSHAW Ronald George
Private 14532438, 4th Battalion, Border Regiment. Died on service in India 6 August 1944. Aged 20. Born Derbyshire, resident Stockport. Son of Joseph and Annie Bagshaw, of Peak Dale, Derbyshire. Buried in IMPHAL WAR CEMETERY, India. Plot 7. Row J. Grave 8.
BEVERLEY Arthur Cyril

Guardsman 2621721, 6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds 12 November 1943. Aged 34. Born 18 July 1909. Son of George and Sarah Ann Beverley, of Peak Dale, Derbyshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 1, born Wormhill, Derbyshire, grandson of Alexander and Ann Turner, son of George and Sarah Ann Beverley, resident Highfield, Peak Dale, Buxton, Worm Hill, Derbyshire. Admitted to Peak Dale Church of England Infants School, Peak Dale, Derbyshire, 22 April 1913, son of George Beverley, resident Highfield, left 31 May 1913. Readmitted Peak Dale Church of England Infants School, Peak Dale, Derbyshire, 17 November 1913, son of George Beverley, transferred to mixed school 31 May 1916. In the 1921 census he was aged 11, born Peak Dale, Derbyshire, son of george and Sarah Ann Beverley, resident 10 Highfield, Upper End, Wormhill & Chapel En Le Frith, Derbyshire. In the 1939 Register he was unmarried, a Quarrying Limestone Filler Above Ground, resident with his parents at 10 Highfields, Upper End, Chapel-En-Le-Frith R.D., Derbyshire. Buried in MINTURNO WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot I. Row C. Grave 25.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1944:

BEVERLEY Arthur Cyril of 10 Highfield Peak Dale Derbyshire died 12 November 1943 on war service Administration (with Will) Llandudno 10 June to George Beverley quarryman.
Effects £664 0s. 9d.

BRITTAIN John Charles
Sergeant (Wireless Operator) 1020217, 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Took off from R.A.F. Woodhall Spa on night operations to Berlin flying in an Avro Lancaster I, serial number R5575, and was shot down by a night-fighter and crashed into the Waddenzee between the Dutch coast and the Frisian islands 18 January 1943. Aged 22. Born 7 July 1920 in Wormhill, Derbyshire. His father was a master Grocer and John was an Art Student. Son of Charles Henry and Louisa Brittain, of Buxton, Derbyshire. In the 1921 census he was newborn, born Wormhill, Derbyshire, son of Chares Henry and Emily Lily Ann Hadfield Brittain, resident Upper End, Peak Dale, Wormhill & Chapel En Le Frith, Derbyshire. In the 1939 Register he was unmarried, an Art Student, resident with his parents at Central Stores, Batham Gate Road, Peak Dale, Chapel-En-Le-Frith R.D., Derbyshire. Buried in ULRUM GENERAL CEMETERY, DE MARNE, Groningen, Netherlands. Row 1st Class G/H. Grave 9.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1945:

BRITTAIN John Charles df Central Stores Peak Dale Derbyshire died on or since 18 January 1943 on war service Administration Manchester 6 February to Charles Henry Brittain grocer and, provision dealer. Effects £275 10s. 6d.

COOK G
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GREGORY Robert Thomas
Sapper 2066585, 1010 Docks Operating Company, Royal Engineers. Missing in action 17 June 1943. Aged 23. Husband of Hannah E. Gregory, of Harpur Hill, Buxton, Derbyshire. No known grave. Commemorated on BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 6. Column 1.
JACKSON H
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JARVIS E
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GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT
A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS

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