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18 Jul 1880
New Eastwood Nottinghamshire
Hardwick was the son of George Whittamore and his wife Sarah Hannah (nee Bentley). His father, George, was born in Clophill, Bedford, in 1852 (J/A/S Ampthill Bedfordshire). His mother Sarah Hannah was the daughter of John and Mary Bentley (nee Hardwick) of Eastwood. She was born on 2 May 1862 (A/M/J Basford) and baptised at Greasley St Mary on 23 February 1863. George and Sarah were married at Basford Register Office, Nottingham, in 1878 (O/N/D Basford). They had nine children of whom seven survived childhood; all were born in Eastwood: Elizabeth Ellen b. 27 January 1879 (J/F/M Basford), Hardwick b. 1880 (J/A/S Basford), William b. 21 March 1882, Arthur b. 8 August 1884 bap. 20 May 1886 Eastwood St Mary, David b. 11 September 1886 (O/N/D Basford), Ernest b. 7 January 1890 (J/F/M Basford), Frederick b. 10 November 1893 (O/N/D Basford), Ethel b. 1895 (A/M/J Basford), bap. 11 May 1896 Eastwood St Mary d. 1896 (A/M/J Basford) and Elsie b. 1899 (A/M/J Basford) d. 1908 (O/N/D Basford). In 1881 George (23), a brick maker, and Sarah (19) were living on Newthorpe Common Road, Eastwood, with their two children, Elizabeth (2) and Hardwick (8 months). Also in the household was George's unmarried brother, James Whittimore (24 b. Hitchen), a coal miner. By 1891 the family was living at New Eastwood. George (33) was now working as a coal miner, and he and Sarah (28) had six children: Elizabeth (12), Hardwick (10), William (9), Arthur (6), David (4) and Ernest (1). Frederick, Ethel and Elsie were born in the following eight years although Ethel died in 1896 at the age of one year. George and Sarah were living at Lynn Croft, Greasley, in 1901 with seven of their eight surviving children: Hardwick (20) and William (19) who, like their father, were coal miner hewers, Arthur (16) a 'throwster' stoneware, David (14) who worked on the haulage road in a coal mine. Ernest (11) and Frederick (7) who were at school and Elsie (1). Elsie died in 1908. Lynn Croft was still the family home in 1911 although only four of George and Sarah's children were in the home on the night of the census: Arthur (24) a colliery weigh man, and David (24), Ernest (21) and Frederick (17) who were all coal miners. George Whittamore died on 21 April 1931 (A/M/J Basford), address Upper Lynncroft Greasley, and his wife Sarah on 24 March 1946 (J/F/M Basford), address 21 Lynn Croft Eastwood (sic). Of Hardwick's siblings: Elizabeth Ellen married Arthur William Harwood (b. Greasley 27 April 1876) in 1904 (A/M/J Basford). In 1911 they were living at 75 Prince's Street, Eastwood with their son Arthur William (5). Arthur (34) was a coal miner stallman. By 1939 at the time the England & Wales Register was compiled, they were living at 51 Scargill Street, Eastwood; Arthur was an unemployed coal miner but Elizabeth was a shopkeeper (fish and chips). Elizabeth died on 8 October 1962 (O/N/D Nottingham); the probate record gave her address as 16 Sherwood Rise, Eastwood. Her husband, Arthur, survived her. William married Mary Millicent Henson (b. Greasley 18 February 1883) in 1911 (J/F/M Basford) and on the census they were recorded living at 16 Berresford Road, Mansfield. William was still working as a coal miner hewer while his wife was a dressmaker on her own account. However, in 1939 they were living at 19 Fourth Avenue, Southwell. William was still in the mining industry but working as a collier 'drawing off (below)'. Also in the household was their daughter, Dorothy b. 27 November 1926. William died in 1962 (O/N/D Southwell). Arthur was living with his widowed mother, Sarah, at 21 Lynn Croft, Eastwood, in 1939; he was an unemployed colliery weighman. Arthur died on 16 January 1945 (J/F/M Basford); the probate record gave his address as 21 Lynn Croft (administration awarded to his mother). David married Hilda A Wilson (b. 28 April 1891) in 1913 (A/M/J Basford). In 1939 they were living at 9 Percy Street, Eastwood, with Hilda's widowed father, Walter Wilson, a retired winding engineman. David was an unemployed collier hewer. Also in the household was their unmarried son Walter (b. 3 November 1913) a dairy clerk. David died on 18 April 1960 (A/M/J Basford) Ernest married Ada A Pilkington (b. 9 July 1890) in 1911 (O/N/D Basford. In 1939 they were living at 29 Hill Top, Raglan Street, Eastwood, with their two children John George (b. 18 December 1915), a colliery surface hand, and Mary E (b. 9 October 1920), a laundry press hand. They had also had another son, Ernest b. 1917 (O/N/D Basford). Ernest snr. died in 1963 (A/M/J Basford). Frederick served in the Royal Navy from 27 September 1915 ('Hostilities' engagement), service number K28192. He served initially as a Stoker 2nd Class (later Stoker 1st Class) in Victory II, HMS Pansy (24 March 1916-5 April 1916) and Victorious II from 6 April 1916. He recategorised Gunner on 1 January 1919 and was discharged shore (demobilisation) on 15 February 1919. Frederick married Elizabeth Ann Harrison (b. 9 July 1890) in 1921 (J/F/M Basford). In 1939 they were living at 3 Mansfield Road, Southwell; Frederick was a coal face worker (conveyor). He died on 22 February 1950 (J/F/M Southwell); the probate record gave his address as 3 Mansfield Road, Clipstone, near Mansfield. His wife survived him.
He worked as a miner at Moorgreen Colliery.
02 Jan 1916
600559 - CWGC Website
Deal/1669 (S)
Royal Naval Division
Royal Marines Divisional Train, Royal Naval Division Royal Marines Hardwick enlisted in 'Kitchener's New Army' on 3 September 1914 but transferred to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on 8 September as K.W/429 Ordinary Seaman. He transferred to RM Divisional Train on 11 December the same year. On 1 February 1915 he was awarded 7 days in cells for 'Riotous Conduct' at Blandford. He served with the Divisional Train, Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, from 1 March 1915 and on 22 May when in Alexandria he was awarded 7 days Field Punishment No.1. Hardwick may have been part of the draft for Cape Helles which departed Alexandria on 17 August 1915. On 27 September, just over a month after arriving in Cape Helles, he was fined 14 days pay for being drunk on active service. Hardwick was killed in action on 2 January 1916; he is buried in the Lancashire Landing Cemetery (grave ref. J106).
Note (1): Service records give surname as 'WHITTIMORE'. Civil records 'Whittamore' Note (2): RN record gives DOB 18 July 1885 but birth registration record 1880 J/A/S Basford and he is recorded on the 1881 Census. Probate: Whittamore George of Upper Lynncroft Greasley Nottinghamshire died 21 April 1931 Probate Nottingham to David Whittamore [son] labourer. Effects £248 2s. Probate: Whittamore Sarah Hannah of 21 Lynn Croft Eastwood Nottinghamshire widow died 24 March 1946 Administration Nottinghamshire 7 May to Ernest Whittamore [prob. grandson] silk worker. Effects £166 5s. 7d.
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  • Frederick Whittamore brother of Hardwick.
    - Frederick Whittamore brother of Hardwick.