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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post 11 November 2014
Person Details
Shireoaks, Worksop, Notts
Albert Adwick was the son of William (Willie) and Charlotte Adwick (née Barks). His father William was born in Kiverton Park, Yorkshire, on 3 January 1863, the son of James and Ann Adwick. In 1881 William was working as a collier and living with his parents in Anston cum Membris, Yorkshire. His mother Elizabeth Barks was born in Stavely, Derbyshire, on 15 May 1865. William and Charlotte were married at Shireoaks St Luke on 27 August 1883 and according to the 1911 Census had had 12 children of whom only nine were still living. Eight children have been traced on the census records 1891-1911 and with the exception of the eldest, Ethel, who was born in Anston, Yorkshire, the children were born in Shireoaks. All the births were recorded in the Worksop registration district: Ethel b. 14 February 1884, Harold b. 25 December 1889 (reg. 1890), Minnie b. 17 April 1892, Albert b. 1894, Evelyn b. 31 July 1898, Elizabeth May b. 11 November 1900, Ada Clara b. 1 October 1902 and Vera b. 1910. In 1891 William, a coal miner, and Charlotte were living at The Row, Worksop with their daughter Ethel (7). By 1901 they had moved to 48 Shireoaks Row, Shireoaks, where they were living with their six children Ethel, Harold, Minnie, Albert, Evelyn and Elizabeth. Ada was born the following year and Vera in 1910. The family was living on Bethel Terrace, Shireoaks in 1911. Only six of their children were in the home on the night of the census: Harold a coal miner hewer, Albert a pony driver at Shireoaks Colliery, and Evelyn, Elizabeth, Clara and Vera. Ethel had married James William Harvey, a coal miner hewer, in 1908 and in 1911 they were living at 4 Glenthorn, Shireoaks, with their daughter Irene. Minnie had married Richard Fox in 1910 and in 1911 they were living on Shireoaks Row with their daughter Hilda May. William and Charlotte were still living at Bethel Terrace when Albert was killed in 1917. However, in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled William, who was still working in the coal industry, and Charlotte were living at 19 Bracebridge Avenue, Worksop. This was still their home when Charlotte died on 6 May 1948 and William on 16 February 1950. Their son Harold, an NCB [National Coal Board} official, was awarded probate for both his parents estates. Of Albert's siblings: Ethel and her husband James Harvey (b. 16 March 1885), a colliery labourer, were living at 4 Glenthorn, Shireoaks, in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled. Also in the home was their son Maruice (b. 1922); the record of one other member of the household remains closed. Ethel died in 1977. Harold enlisted in the 8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (3516 Private, 306101 Corporal) and was in France from 28 June 1915, qualifying for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. He was discharged from the army on 27 January 1919. He married Harriett Davies the same year and they had at least two children, Clifford (b. 1920) and Eric (b. 1925). In 1939 he and his wife were living in Worksop with their sons. Harold died on 9 October 1959; he and Harriet were then living on Royal Crescent, Worksop. Minnie and her husband Richard (b. 5 April 1889), a miner/stoneworker (below ground), were living in Rhodesia, Worksop, in 1939. She died in 1967. Evelyn married John Layne (b. 17 July 1892), a collier, in 1921. In 1939 they were living at Kiveton Park, Yorkshire; the records of three other members of the household remain closed. Evelyn died in 1995. Elizabeth May married Tom Stevenson (b. 1 July 1900), a collier hewer, in 1922. In 1939 they were living in Langold, Worksop, with their children Joan (b. 1922) and Stanley (b. 1924). Elizabeth died in 1987. Ada Clara married Ernest W Buck (b. 6 July 1898), in 1926. In 1939 Ernest, a railway goods guard, and Ada were living in Staveley, Derbyshire. Also in the household were their children Audrey (b. 1928) and Kenneth (b. 1930); the record of one other member of the household remains closed. Ada died in 1984. Vera married Roland G Allan in 1937. She has not yet been traced after this date.
On leaving school he worked as a pony driver at Shireoaks colliery.
11 Dec 1917
639302 - CWGC Website
Enlisted Newark
11th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Albert Adwick enlisted at Newark, Nottinghamshire, on 15th January 1915. He went to France 28th June 1915 and was wounded in September 1916. He suffered gas poisoning 12th May 1917 and was tmedically evacuated to England. Albert returned to France and then was drafted with his battalion to Italy in December 1917. He was killed by a shell on 11th December 1917 whilst serving in the trenches near Ciano, Italy and is buried in the Giavera British Cemetery Arcade, Italy (grave ref. Plot 1. Row C. Grave 11). Albert qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of Giavera British Cemetery, Italy (extract): 'The Italians entered the war on the Allied side, declaring war on Austria, in May 1915. Commonwealth forces were at the Italian front between November 1917 and November 1918. On 4 December 1917, the XIth and XIVth British Corps relieved the Italians on the Montello sector of the Piave front, with the French on their left. The Montello sector acted as a hinge to the whole Italian line, joining that portion facing north from Mount Tomba to Lake Garda with the defensive line of the River Piave covering Venice, which was held by the Third Italian Army. The Commonwealth troops on the sector were not involved in any large operations, but they carried out continuous patrol work across the River Piave, as well as much successful counter battery work ... Men who died in defending the Piave from December 1917, to March 1918, and those who fell on the west of the river during the Passage of the Piave, are buried in this cemetery.' (www.cwgc.org)
Worksop Guardian, 28 December 1917: “On Sunday morning Mr. and Mrs. Adwick, Bethel Terrace, Shireoaks, received the sad news that their second son, Pte. Albert Adwick, had fallen on the Italian Front. The letter from a comrade was later confirmed by the following, dated December 11th, 1917:- “Madam, - I much regret to inform you that your son today was killed in action, and I wish to offer you my sincerest sympathy in your loss. It may be a little consolation to you to know that his death was absolutely instantaneous, and was caused by a shell. Although he had not been very long with this battalion he was popular with his fellow companions, and I have always found him reliable. Again expressing my sincerest condolence.-I remain, yours faithfully, T. Ibbotson, Second Lieutenant” 'Pte. Adwick enlisted on January 15th, 1915, with his brother, Corpl. Harold Adwick, in the Sherwood Foresters. He went to France in June, 1915, and was wounded on September 22nd last year. He was badly gassed on May 12th last, and was sent over to England. After re-joining he went again to France about the middle of October, and again wounded in November. He was amongst those drafted to Italy, and fell as previously stated”. Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his mother Charlotte was his sole legatee. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post 11 November 2014
    Albert Adwick - Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post 11 November 2014
  • Buried in Giavera British Cemetery Arcade, Italy. (www.cwgc.org)
    Albert Adwick - Buried in Giavera British Cemetery Arcade, Italy. (www.cwgc.org)