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John Thomas Mills was born in 1897 in Belper and was the son of William an assurance agent and Annie Mills of 114 Radford Blvd, Nottingham. His father William was born in 1867 in Balderton and his mother Annie was born in 1865 in Birmingham, they were married c1891 and went on to have the following children, Auro Ethel Mabel b1892 St Thomas Derbyshire, William Henry b1894 Bakewell, Derbys, Annie Beatrice b1895 Matlock, Derbys and John Thomas Mills b1897 Belper, Derbyshire. In the 1911 census the family are living at 114 Radford Boulevard Nottingham and are shown as William 44 yrs an assurance agent, he is living with his wife Annie 46 yrs and their children, Auroa Ethel Mabel 19 yrs a lace wrapper, William Henry 17 yrs an assistant warehouseman, Annie Beatrice 16 yrs a lace embroider and John Thomas 14 yrs an errand boy.
21 Mar 1918
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2/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private John Thomas Mills, enlisted at Nottingham and served with the 2/7th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles). He landed in France on the 18th September 1915 and was killed in action on 21st March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 1 July 1919: ‘Haslam. In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Pte. Harry Haslam, killed July 1st, 1916; also Jack Mills, his chum. Missing March 21st. 1918, now resumed killed. Sadly missed. Mam, dad, sisters, and brothers.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) 'In memoriam' notice published 2nd July 1923 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “HASLAM, MILLS. – In loving memory of our dear son, Harry Haslam, [1] presumed killed July 1st, 1916; also Jack Mills, March 21st, 1918. – Mam, dad, brothers, sisters.” [1] Pte. Harry Haslam, 1/7th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles), was killed in action on 1st July 1916. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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