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Aston, Yorkshire
In 1893 Sam Allcock married Eve Wareing probably at Aston, Yorks but registered at Rotherham. By 1901 they had a six year old son who had been born in Aston and now living at Wally Road, Scarcliffe, Derbyshire where Sam was employed as a shepherd. Ten years later Sam had changed his job by working with stud horses and was now resident at Millash, Whitwell. Their only child, John Henry, now being 16 years of age was also working, his occupation being described as working in a stone quarry, carrying tools to and from the blacksmith’s shop.
27 Jan 1918
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8th Bn The Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire Regiment)
Although his service record survives there appears to be some pages missing and some quite illegible notes but from it the following has been gleaned. John Henry Allcock was attested at Mansfield when he was 20 years 232 days old on the 17th February 1915, joining the Sherwood Foresters Regiment. At the time he was living at King Street, Hodthorpe. He went with Mediterranean Expeditionary Force and served in the Balkans in Gallipoli. On the 3rd Dec 1915 he went to Malta on Hospital Ship ‘Rewa’ suffering from Para Typhoid and the invalided back to the UK on Hospital Ship ‘Brittanic’ on the 27th Jan 1916. He appears to have spent 64 days in ? Southern General Hospital treated for enteric fever (typhoid). His next record is his transference to the North Staffordshire Regiment which was on the 3rd of December 1916. At some stage after this, he went to France with his regiment and was killed in action, and has he has no known grave is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Pte John H Allcock Worksop Guardian 29 November 1918 After a long period of suspense, Mr and Mrs Allcock, Holbeck, formerly of Mill Ash, Whitwell, have received the news that their son, Pte John H Allcock was killed on January 27th this year. Nothing had been heard of the poor lad all these months and it was hoped that his name might be on the list of those liberated from Germany. Previously to enlisting, which he did early in the war, Allcock resided with his parents at Whitwell and worked in the stone quarries for the Duke of Portland. He joined the Notts and Derbys and afterwards transferred to the North Staffords and was a Lewis gunner. He had been through many engagements. He went through the Dardanelles campaign, and was then sent to France and was blown up and partially buried by a shell, laying two days and nights, before being found. He was in hospital for some time. He returned to the fighting line and was killed on the date stated. Great sympathy is expressed with Mr and Mrs Allcock who are well known and highly respected in the district, on the loss of their gallant son. Mr Allcock is an old employee of the Duke of Portland’s, and now resides at the New Cottages, Holbeck. We hope to reproduce Pte Allcock’s photograph next week. CWG additional information:- Son of Sam and Eve Allcock of Belph, Whitwell, Mansfield, Notts. Research by Colin Dannatt
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