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East Kirkby
William Rennocks was born in 1881 at East Kirkby, Nottinghamshire and was the son of George a frame work knitter and Elizabeth Rennocks, of 3 St Albans Road, Arnold, Nottingham. His father George was born in 1847 at Barrow on Soar, Leicestershire his mother Elizabeth was born in 1851 at Hucknall they were married C1870 and went on to have 17 children, sadly 7 were to die in infancy or early childhood, their children were , George b1879 Hucknall, William b1881 East Kirkby, Ellen b1885 East Kirkby, Arthur b1890 East Kirkby, Minnie b1892 East Kirkby, Luther b1894 Arnold and Florence b1897 Arnold. In the 1911 Census the family are living at 3 St Albans Road, Arnold, they are shown as George 64 yrs a frame work knitter, he is living with his wife Elizabeth 60 yrs and their children, George 32 yrs a general labourer, William 30 yrs a general labourer, Ellen 26 yrs a lace dresser, Arthur 21 yrs a general labourer, Minnie 19 yrs an ironer, Luther 17 yrs a coal miner and Florence 14 yrs of age a scholar.
He was employed as a general labourer
09 Apr 1917
36
566227 - CWGC Website
R/14981
Rifleman
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Rifleman William Rennocks enlisted in Nottingham into the Kings Royal Rifle Corps and was posted to their 9th Battalion, On the 9th April 1917, the day William was killed in Action, the British Army opened the battle of Arras in an attempt to force the Germans away from the river Aisne sector where the French Army was about to attack. Three British Armies were engaged with General Sir E Allenby’s Third army in the centre about Arras, northwards the First Army under General Sir H Horne was poised to attack Vimy Ridge and to the south was General Sir H. Gough’s Fifth Army about to advance on the Hindenburg Line around Bullecourt. Considerable ground was taken on the first day, including Vimy Ridge by the Canadians. Gough made little progress in the south and resistance from the Germans was growing fast. It was then on the first day of this massive attack by the British that William was killed in Action, he is buried in Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines, France, Plot IV. Row B. Grave 27.
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