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12 Nov 1892
Collingham Nottinghamshire
Harry was the second son of George Sheldon and his wife Mary nee Waddington. George was born in Swnderby, Lincolnshire, and his birth registered in 1859 (J/F/M Newark) and Mary at Beck Hall, Lincolnshire, and her birth registered in 1858 (J/F/M Lincoln). They were married in 1889 (O/N/D Lincoln) and had three children: Charles b. 1 December 1890 (O/N/D Newark), Harry b. 1892 (O/N/D Newark) and Edith b. 1895 (A/M/J Newark). All the chlldren were born in North Collingham. George was a farmer and cattle dealer of The Farm, Low Street, North Collingham. In 1890 George (32) and Mary (33) were living on Low Street, North Collingham, with their four month old son, Charles. George employed a domestic servant, Martha Barker (17) and a general servant, Frederick Roe (18). By 1901 George and Mary had three children, Charles (10), Harry (8) and Edith (5). In the household on the night of the census were a visitor, Charles Sheldon (24), who was probably George's younger brother, and two female domestic servants. By 1911 both Charles and Harry were working on their father's farm while Edith (15) was a boarder at the Western House School, Ropewalk, Nottingham. George still employed two general servants. George died on 17 December 1931; he was still living in North Collingham. Probate was granted to Charles Sheldon and Maurice Sheldon (farmers) and a solicitor. Effects £31981. Charles married Constance M Wright (b. 3 September 1891) in 1917 (O/N/D Newark). In 1939 at the time of the England & Wales Register, Charles, a farmer and grazier, and Constance were living at 'Crescent House', Newark. Also in the household was George Sheldon (b. 9 March 1919) who was described as a farmer and probably helping his father on the family farm. Charles died on 7 April 1980; he was then living on Low Street. North Collingham. Harry's sister Edith has not yet been traced after the 1911 Census.
He was working on his father's farm in 1911.
26 Sep 1918
25
299690 - CWGC Website
204788
He was living in Collingham when he enlisted in Retford
Sergeant
1/6th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Formerly served with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry (275466) Harry's Army Service Record survives but many of the entries are illegible. He attested on 2 November 1914 at the age of 21 years and 11 months and joined the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. He was promoted acting corporal on 19 May 1915 and later acting sergeant and had been confirmed in that rank when he transferred to the Sherwood Foresters in either December 1917 or January 1918. On his death he had served for 3 years and 329 days. Harry was killed in action and was buried in Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France (grave ref. II.J.15).
Personal dedication on CWGC headstone: 'Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends.' Family gravestone, All Saints churchyard, North Collingham: Inscription on kerbstone: 'Also of Harry, their son, who fell in action in Fance Sept. 26th 1918 aged 25, interred at Roisel Communal Cemetery' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his father, George, was his sole legatee
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