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  • Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Photograph Murray Biddle
Person Details
Hucknall Torkard Nottinghamshire.
Nathan was the son of Frederick and Mary Jane Chadbourne (née Parry). His father Frederick was born in 1862 at Ashby, Leicestershire, the son of Thomas and Emma Chadburn (sic). The family was living on Byron Street, Hucknall, in 1881; Frederick, a coal miner, had eight younger siblings. Nathan's mother Mary Jane was born in Hanley, Staffordshire, in 1862 (bap. Hanley parish church February 1862), the daughter of Albert and Margaret Parry. Frederick (Chadbourn) and Mary Jane were married at Hucknall St Mary Magdalene in October 1882. They had 13 children of whom 11 survived childhood: Walter birth registered 1884 (J/F/M), Lucretia Ann b. 1885, Albert b. 1886, Frederick birth registered 1890 (J/F/M), Robert b. 1891, Richard birth registered 1893 (J/F/M), Nathan birth registered 1895 (J/F/M), Mary Jane b. 1897, Henry birth registered 1902 (J/F/M), Margaret b. 1903 and Joseph b. 1905. All the children were born in Hucknall; the spelling of the surname on the registrations of birth varies: Chadburn, Chadbourn, Chadbourne. It is likely that the Frederick, his wife and their four children, Walter, Lucretia, Albert and Frederick, were living at Spring Bank, Hucknall, in 1891. Frederick and Mary had moved to 44 Occupation Road, Hucknall, by 1901. Of their eight children the three eldest were in work: Walter a coal miner, Lucretia a machine hand and Albert who was also a coal miner. Frederick and Mary were recorded at 6 Linby Grove, Hucknall, in 1911. Only four of their 11 children were in the home on the night of the census: Richard, a coal miner ganger/pony driver, Henry, Margaret and Joseph. The eldest son, Walter, had married Susan Carrell at Blidworth Parish Church in July 1903 and their daughter Susan was born the following year. Walter's wife died in 1910 and in 1911 Walter and his daughter were living with his married sister Lucretia in Forest Town, Mansfield. Also living with Lucretia and her husband Uriah Hatcher (m. 1908), was their son William and Lucretia's brother Nathan, a coal miner. Frederick jnr., a coal miner, and his wife Florence (née Murden m. 1910) together with Frederick's sister Mary Jane were living on Church Drive, Shirebrook. Robert had married May Maycock in 1910 and they and their son Walter were living at Whyburn Terrace, Hucknall. Albert has not yet been traced on the 1911 Census. Mary Jane Chadbourne died in 1911 (A/M/J). In 1915 and 1916 her husband was fined for his daughter Margaret's absences from school (93 attendances of a possible 107 attendances in 1915 and absent 15 times of a possible 117 attendances in 1916). Frederick explained to the chairman of the bench at the Shire Hall, Nottingham, that 'the girl was kept at home to clean the house and get his meals ready. He was informed by the bench that this was not allowed, and as the girl was only 12 years old, she must be sent to school to be educated, as they considered that more value should be placed on the child receiving a good education.' Richard married Mary Potter at Hucknall St John in December 1914, and Albert married Mary Louisa Ashwell in 1918. Nathan's father completed a form for the army in May 1919 listing his son's surviving blood relatives: Father: Frederick, 9 Papplewick Road, Hucknall. Brothers: Walter (31), [d. September 1919] Mansfield. Albert (25), address not known. Fred (24), Shirebrook. Robert, Edlington Yorks. Richard (Dick), Stanton Hill. Harry (17), Hucknall. Joseph (14) ?Hucknall. Sisters: Lucretia [Hatcher] (27), Mansfield. Mary (21), Hucknall. Margaret (Maggie), Hucknall. Walter married secondly Gertrude Stennett in 1912 (three children, Gladys, Walter and Florence). He was killed in a mining accident at Mansfield Colliery (Bolsover Colliery Co. Ltd.) on 6 September 1919 leaving a widow and four children, including his daughter Susan by his first marriage. (See 'Extra information') Frederick snr. probably died in 1944.
He was a colliery pony driver below ground (Crown Farm Colliery).
08 Oct 1915
499801 - CWGC Website
4 Sixth Avenue, Forest Town, Mansfield. Enlisted Mansfield.
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
1/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). This was a Territorial Force Battalion, based at Newark, part of the Notts & Derby Brigade, North Midland Division. It served with the BEF France from 25 February 1915 and in the Maybecame part of 39th Brigade, 46th (North Midland) Division. Nathan Chadbourne enlisted on 9 September 1914 at Mansfield. He was aged 19 years 27 days and living at 4 Sixth Avenue, Forest Town, Mansfield. He named his father of 6 Linby Grove, Hucknall, as his next of kin. Nathan was posted to the 1/8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters, and served in France from 2 March 1915. Between 20 June 1915 and 1 October 1915 the Battalion was on the Ypres Salient. On 29 August it took over the trenches at 'Middlesex Wood' and remained there, with one short break, for over a month. The events of 25 September were described in a history of the Battalion; the Battalion 'in conjunction with attacks by the French and British, on various other parts of the Western Front had to "demonstrate" by means of artillery, machine gun and rifle fire, and a dummy gas and smoke attack, which was to be provided by burning on the parapet of the front line trenches large quantities of damp straw, which had been carried up with much labour, and a good deal of very frank comment ... It was only when the last bomb was thrown ... ended a demonstration which can hardly have caused a flutter in the dove-cotes of the German Higher Command.' ('The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914-1919, 1/8th Battalion' Captain WCC Weetman MC CdG) There is no mention of casualties in the account, although the roll of honour includes two men who died that day, but they may have died from disease or wounds sustained earlier. However, Nathan was wounded (shell) on 25 September 1915, suffering a compound fracture of the skull and was treated at the 10th Casualty Clearing Station on 26 September. He was transferred to 26th General Hospital, Etaples, on 27 September but died of his injuries two weeks later on 8 October 1915. He was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery (grave ref. III.C.12A). Service: Home 9 September 1914 -1 March 1915 (174 days). France 2 March 1915- October 1915 (221 days). He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of Etaples Military Cemetery (extract): Etaples is about 27km from Boulogne. 'During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.' (www.cwgc.org)
Hucknall Morning Star and Advertiser, 'Deaths', 21 April 1911: 19th Mary J Chadbourne, 6 Linby Grove, age 49 years.' (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) CWGC Additional information: 'Son of Frederick and Mary Jane Chadbourne, of 9, Papplewick Rd., Hucknall, Nottingham. Native of Hucknall.' CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'In the midst of life we are in death' Nottingham Evening Post, 25 October 1915: ‘More Hucknall Losses: ‘Notification has just been received of the deaths of two more Hucknall heroes, namely, Sergt. G Foster and Private Nathan Chadbourne both of whom were in the 8th Sherwood Foresters ... Chadbourne had been in the army about a year and succumbed to wounds. Hucknall losses now total 22.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Beeston Gazette & Echo, 30 October 1915: ‘Local Losses. A further loss to Hucknall’s ranks is Private Nathan Chadbourne, whose home was in Linby grove. He was in the 8th Sherwood Foresters, and the official intimation is that he has died of wounds.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Beeston Gazette & Echo, 20 November 1915 (photograph): ‘A Victim of Loos Battle. Herewith we give a photograph of Private Nathan Chadbourne, of 6, Linby grove, who died at Etaples on October 8th, as the result of wounds in the head received at Loos a fortnight previously. He was 20 years of age, worked at Crown Farm Colliery, Mansfield, and enlisted in the 8th Sherwood Foresters over a year ago.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Beeston Gazette & Echo, 1 January 1916. Photographs of three Hucknall brothers, Arthur, William and Walter Clayton. In a letter home Private Arthur Clayton, Sherwood Foresters, who was in hospital in Etaples, wrote that ‘he says he has visited two Hucknall boys’ graves (those of Walter Morrison and Nathan Chadbourne). He adds that the graves are kept very nice and on the grave of Morrison they have placed his own photograph.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Note: 4367 L/Cpl Walter Morrison 2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters, DOW 18 August 1915 and 13734 Private Arthur Clayton, 11th Bn Sherwood Foresters, died (disease) 7 August 1916. (See records on this Roll of Honour) WW1 Pension Ledgers: named his father Frederick Chadbourne who received a pension of two shillings a week, awarded 8 July 1916. His address, 6 Linby Grove, was later amended to 9 Papplewick Lane. Nathan's personal property was returned to his father at 9 Papplewick Road, in July 1919: identity disc, pair of sleeve garters, 1 cap, pair of nail scissors, correspondence. The covering form was annotated, 'this form cancels the one sent to you 26/6/16.' Mansfield Reporter, 12 September 1919: ‘Funeral of Mr Walter Chadbourne. The funeral of Mr Walter Chadbourne, of New Gadstone-street, who was fatally injured whilst working at the Mansfield Colliery [6 September], took place on Wednesday. Deceased was a member of the Crown Farm Band and they were in attendance and played to and from the cemetery and at the graveside. A number of the deceased’s fellow workers were also present.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Mansfield Reporter, 12 September 1919: report of the inquest held by the District Coroner (Mr H Bracknell) at the Town Hall, Mansfield, on the Monday. Walter's widow, Gertrude Chadbourne, gave evidence of identification.
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  • Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Photograph Murray Biddle
    Nathan Chadbourne - Buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France. Photograph Murray Biddle
  • Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 25 October 1915. Jim Grundy facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. Also published in the Beeston Gazette & Echo, 20 November 1915.
    Nathan Chadbourne - Photograph published in the Nottingham Evening Post, 25 October 1915. Jim Grundy facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918. Also published in the Beeston Gazette & Echo, 20 November 1915.