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  • Photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian, 
courtesy of Robert Illett
Person Details
Worksop, Notts
In 1911 Catherine Read (nee Brooks) was a widow who was head of her family living at the Old Schoolhouse, Hardwick, Worksop. She and her deceased husband were both from Epworth, Lincolnshire. They had six children, Fanny, Thomas, George, Arthur, Kate and Martha before settling at Hardwick, Clumber, Worksop around 1886. Husband, John William Read took employment there as an engine driver. In the following years, the couple had six more children, Alice, Herbert, Louisa, John, Ethel and Charles. In 1905, when he was 50 years old, John William Read died, leaving Catherine a widow. 10 years later, still living at Hardwick, most of the family had left, leaving Fanny, Herbert now a horseman on farm,17 year old John, a gardener, and Charlie. Of these remaining, it was John Read who enlisted at Worksop and is now commemorated on the Thiepval memorial, France.
07 Jul 1916
1550448 - CWGC Website
10th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte. John Read Worksop Guardian 22 February 1918 Official information has been received this week, stating that Pte. John Read, Sherwood Foresters, son of Mrs. H. Read, School House, Clumber Park, who was reported as wounded and missing in July, 1916, is now reported as killed on that date, as no further news has been received of him since then. Pte. Read joined the army at the outbreak of war, and after training at H-lton Park, was sent out in July, 1915, with the Dardanelles Expedition., and was wounded the following September, returning to England in November. He was sent to France with a draft in February, 1916, and was wounded on July 7th, as stated, his mother being informed later that he was wounded and missing. Pte. Read who was 24 years of age, was a very steady and respectable young man, and much liked by his companions. He was for ten years a chorister at Clumber Church. Much sympathy is expressed with Mrs. Read and family in their bereavement. The usual letter of sympathy and condolences from H.M. the King and Queen was received with the official notification from the War Office. Lance Corpl. C. Read, 16th Sherwood Foresters, another son, who was wounded in Sept. 1916, was again wounded in France last July, and is now in the Military Hospital, Tooting London
CWGC - Son of Mrs. Catherine Read, of The School House, Clumber Park, Worksop, Notts. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian, 
courtesy of Robert Illett
    John Read - Photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian, courtesy of Robert Illett