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Eastwood Nottinghamshire
John William Attenborough was born in 1893 at Greasley and was the second son of Thomas a coal miner hewer and Rosella Attenborough néé Patrick of Raglan Street, Hill Top, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire. His father Thomas was born in 1868 at Greasley, his mother Rosella Patrick was born in 1870 also at Greasley, they were married in 1889 their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration district, they went on to have the following children all of whom were born in Greasley, Thomas b1891 John William b1893, Herbert b1895, Elizabeth b1896, Lucy b1900, Ada b1904, Elsie b1906 and Evelyn b1908. In the 1911 census the family are living at Raglan Street, Hill Top, Eastwood and are shown as Thomas 43 yrs a coal miner hewer, he is living with is wife Rosella 41 yrs and their children, Thomas 20 yrs a coal miner loader, William 18 yrs a coal miner loader, Herbert 16 yrs yrs a pony driver below ground, Elizabeth 15 yrs working at home, Lucy 11 yrs a scholar, Ada 7 yrs a scholar, Elsie 5 yrs and Evelyn 3 yrs of age. He married his wife Norah Elizabeth Cartwright (born 14th September 1893) in 1912, their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district. He was living in Bentley Yorkshire with his wife and young child on enlistment.
He was a miner.
03 Oct 1918
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1st Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Private John William Attenborough enlisted at Doncaster in November 1914, he excelled in training and was awarded the cross guns for marksmanship. He served in Salonika, Egypt and France. In 1915 he was hospitalised with shrapnel wounds to the back and right shoulder. Attenborough had two narrow escapes in the trenches - firstly when a piece of shell which killed the man next to him removed a piece of his hat and secondly when his boot heel was hit by a sniper. (Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser 2/7/1915 and 22/11/1918)
Attenborough's elder brother died from TB after being discharged from the army.
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