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John, a member of the Methodist Church, was born at Arnold in 1899, he lived at 78 High Street, Arnold, Nottingham. He was the only son of John a general labourer and Emma Desborough née Wheatley, his father, John was born in 1876 in Woodborough and worked as a general labourer whilst Emma was born the same year and worked as a seamstress. They were married in 1898 their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration area. His father John died in 1910 aged 35 yrs his death was recorded in the Basford Registration District, his mother Emma re married in 1911 to William Hardy born 1876 Derby a coal miner . In the 1911 Cencus John is shown as the stepson of William and Emma Hardy, they were living at Furlong Street, Arnold, John is 12 yrs of age at this time.
John attended the Arnold British School.
11 Sep 1916
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Private
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private John Desborough, enlisted at Nottingham (underage he was only 12 yrs of age in the 1911 census ) into the Sherwood Foresters in 1915, joining the 17th (Welbeck Rangers) Battalion. During action around Beaumont Hamel during the height of the battle of the Somme John was wounded and he was initially taken to the Regimental Aid Post. From there, he was sent back down the line to a field hospital and then on the hospital train to England. He died in Middlesex Hospital in Clacton, England. His body was returned to his family and he was buried in Arnold, Redhill Cemetery
In memoriam published 11th September 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “DESBOROUGH. – In loving memory of my dear son, Private J. Desborough, Sherwood Foresters, died of wounds September 11th, 1916. Often I pause and think of you, and think of how you died, to think you could not say good-bye before you closed your eyes. No loved one stood beside you to hear your last farewell, not a word of comfort could you hear from those that loved you well. – Loving mother and father.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
    John Desborough - Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of John Desborough at Arnold Redhill Cemetery. Photo taken by Peter Gilings
    John Desborough - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of John Desborough at Arnold Redhill Cemetery. Photo taken by Peter Gilings