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  • Family headstone Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand
Person Details
Radford, Nottingham
Harry was the son of Robert and Emily Sentence, who were both born in Lincolnshire; Robert in Barrowby where some of their older children were born. Robert died 4 February 1905 age 52 and Emily died 2 October 1918 age 65. The 1911 census records that they had had eleven children of whom two had died by the time of the census. The headstone in the General Cemetery commemorates a daughter, Florence, who died 13 November 1892 age 1yr 11m and a son, Arthur Robert, who died in infancy. The 1901 and 1911 censuses, when the family lived at 14 Vane Street, Radford, variously record the following seven sons: Joseph W, Robert, William, Harry, Frederick, George, Walter. Both Joseph W and Robert were out of the home at the time of the 1911 census, their brothers, all single, were at home. No daughters were at home on either of the census dates. Harry married his wife Violet Annie Oldershaw (born 3rd February 1894) in 1917 at Nottingham, they lived at 5 Vane Street, Radford Woodhouse, Violet had brought a child to the marriage, Ivy May Oldershaw born 14th March 1914. Following his death his widow Violet was awarded a pension of 20 shillings and 5 pence which commenced on 24th February 1919. Harry's youngest brother, Walter, served as a private in the 2/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters and was killed in France on 21 March 1918.
In 1911, when he was 24, Harry was a coal miner hewer, having in 1901, at the age of 14, been a colliery pony driver. All but two of Robert's sons worked down the pit, probably the same pit where he had been a colliery banksman.
14 Aug 1918
32
57980 - CWGC Website
12226
Private
3rd Bn Grenadier Guards
CWGC record: surname 'Sentence'. Served for 13 years (possibly Territorials) and at the Front for four years (obits). He died of wounds and is buried in Bagneux British Cemetery, Gezaincourt (grave ref IV.C.7).
Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 19 August 1918. 'Sentence. Died of wounds August 18th (?) 1918 after 4 years at the front, Private Harry Sentence, Grenadier Guards. Mother, brother, sisters.' Nottingham Evening Post notice (abridged), 20 August 1918. 'Sentance. Died of wounds August 15th 1918 after 13 years service, Private Harry Sentence, of Radford Woodhouse. Mother, father in law, sisters Bertha, Lily and Sisee.' Family headstone, Nottingham General Cemetery: 'In loving memory of Robert Sentance who died Feby. 4th 1905 in his 53rd year. Also Emily wife of the above who died Octr. 2nd 1918, aged 65 years. freunited. Also of Florence daughter of the above who died Novr. 13th 1892, aged 1 year & 11 months. And Arthur Robert who died in infancy. Thy will be done'. Also Pte H Sentance, Gren. Gds. died of wounds in France, Aug 14th 1918 aged 3(-) yrs. Also Pte. W. Sentance, 2/7th Sherwood Foresters, killed in action in France, March 21st 1918. Aged 25 years.'
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  • Family headstone Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand
    Harry Sentance - Family headstone Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand
  • Family headstone Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand
    Harry Sentance - Family headstone Nottingham General Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand
  • Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 27th November 1914 and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    Harry Sentance - Photo published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 27th November 1914 and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918