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  • War memorial in the North aisle chapel, St Andrews Church, Mansfield Road, Nottingham , courtesy of Peter Gillings
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George Henry Reginald known as 'Rex' was born in Nottingham in 1886 and was the only son of Joshua George and Sophia Elizabeth Mellers née Robinson of Trafoi, Pelham Road, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham. He was baptised at St Peters Church Nottingham on 2nd December 1886. In the 1911 census we find him listed as being single, 24 years of age a lace manufacturer, visiting at 439 Langsett Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield, he is visiting Henry Frederick 59 yrs a army pensions warden and his family. In the same census his parents are living at 'Trafoi' 12 Vivian Ave, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham. His father Joshua George is head of the family 51 yrs, a lace manufacturer, who is living with his wife Sophia Elizabeth 50 yrs, also at the address are two servants Maude Baguley a 22 yrs a domestic servant and Annie Hunter 35 yrs a cook. They have stated in the census that they have been married for 25 yrs (C 1885) and have only one child. Probate: Nottingham 1st February 1916 shows him as George Henry Reginald Mellers of Trafoi, Pelham Road, Sherwood Rise, Nottingham, Captain H M Army died 13th October 1915 in France. Administration awarded to Joshua George Mellers (father), lace manufacturer. Effects £706 3 shillings and 6 pence.
He had attended Oxford University where he obtained a degree. He was a lace manufacturer
13 Oct 1915
29
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Captain
7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
He was killed during an attack by his battalion on the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13th October 1915 , his body was left entangled on German barbed wired. On the night of 22nd November 1915 his body was recovered from the wire and carried back to British Lines , it was buried in a shell hole and covered in sacks due to the frozen state of the ground. The body was subsequently lost and his name is commemorated on the Loos Memorial
Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged) 20 October 1915: MELLERS, killed in action on 11/13 October, Captain George Henry Reginald (Rex) Mellers, 1/7th Sherwood Foresters, son of Mr and Mrs JG Mellers, Trafoi, 1 Pelham Road and 12 Vivian Avenue, Sherwood Rise, age 29 An article published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 4th January 1916 reads :- “LATE CAPT. G. H. R. MELLERS. “HIS LAST RESTING-PLACE. “Details have reached Mr. J. G. Mellers, of Trafoi, Pelham-road, Nottingham, of the recovery of the body his son, the late Capt. G. H. R. Mellers, of the Robin Hoods, who was killed in the course of the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt in mid-October. And the details reflect great credit upon the bravery of a member of the 1st King's (Liverpool Regiment). “On the night of November 20th-21st, five weeks after Capt. Mellers had been killed in action, Private Maher, of the regiment named, went out in the hope of recovering the body of an officer which was lying some 40 yards in front of our line. He reached the spot, but found that the body was entangled in German wire, and was unable to move it. He secured the identity disc, and a service revolver, but found no papers of any sort. On his way back Maher brought in the bodies of two men, which were subsequently buried. “On the following night Maher was sent out, on volunteering, as a patrol, and he was accompanied by wire-cutters. After a good deal of trouble they succeeded in extricating the body — that of Captain Mellers it turned out to be — and in carrying it back to the British lines. Later, it was buried in a shell-hole and covered with sacks, the frozen state of the ground rendering it impossible to dig a grave. The shell-hole was situated little more an 30 yards from a German dug-out.” A further article published 16th December 1918 was published in the Nottingham Journal and Express :- “NEW ALTAR SCREEN. “MEMORIAL TO GALLANT NOTTINGHAM OFFICER. “Memories of the extraordinary valour and endurance of our own Nottinghamshire Regiment in the battle at Hohenzollern Redoubt on 13 October, 1915, and of the courageous men who freely gave up their lives on that occasion were recalled at St. Andrew's Church yesterday morning [15th December 1918] when Canon R. D. Swallow, M.A., dedicated “to the Glory of God and in memory of Captain Rex Mellers” (who was one of those that fell) a very beautiful oak altar screen. Captain Mellers was the only son of Mr. J. G. Mellers, of “Tafoi,” Pelham-road, a former warden of the church with which the family has been devoutly associated for many years. Canon Swallow was headmaster of Chigwell School at the time Captain Mellers was being educated there, and amongst others present at the service, which was very impressive, were Colonel C. W. Birkin, O.C. of the Regiment at the time Captain Mellers went out, Colonel A. W. Brewill, D.S.O., Captain Pragnall (brother-in-law), Sir Jesse and Lady Boot, Lady McCraith, Mr. Herbert Leman, Alderman Robert Mellors, Mr. Percy Snook (representing the members of the Hollinwell Golf Club), Mr. J. D. Player, and Mr. J. A. Dixon. “The screen, which is based on English designs of the latter half of the 15th century, is placed between the piers of the chancel arch. The lofty, wide openings are reminiscent of the screens of East Anglia, whilst the upper part, with vaulted canopy and richly carved cornice, is more akin to the work of the West Country. It is surmounted by a cross about ten feet in height with beautifully foliated ends. The workmanship of the whole being exquisitely carried out under the direction of the well-known Nottingham architects, Messrs. Heazell and Sons. “Special music was rendered throughout, the anthem being “Give rest, O Christ, to Thy servant.” from the Russian Litany of St. Chrysostom.” Above articles are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. The rood screen at St Andrews Church, Mansfield Road, Nottingham is dedicated to his memory by his parents. (WMA ref 27382.)
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  • War memorial in the North aisle chapel, St Andrews Church, Mansfield Road, Nottingham , courtesy of Peter Gillings
    George Henry Reginald Mellers - War memorial in the North aisle chapel, St Andrews Church, Mansfield Road, Nottingham , courtesy of Peter Gillings