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  • This photo shows the Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Herbert Shooter at Hooge crater cemetery.
Courtesy of peter Gillings
Person Details
Kirkby in Ashfield
he was the son of Mary Jane Else, of Dalestorth Terrace, Skegby, Mansfield and step-son of George Else. In 1911 they lived at Woodhouse Yard Sutton in Ashfield.
He was a cinder drawer at a coke oven.
20 Sep 1917
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Lance Corporal
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Lance Corporal Herbert Shooter, served with the 17th Battalion Sherwood Foresters ( Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment (Welbeck Rangers), he was killed in action on 20th September 1917. He is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery.(grave ref Vll.G.5).
An item in the Worksop Guardian of 10 November 1916 recorded details of Langwith casualties, including Herbert Shooter who had been wounded for the third time (in the feet). His brother, Joseph, had also been wounded, suffering shrapnel injuries to his leg and hand which resulted in the loss of a finger. (Source: 'A History of Langwith with Nether Langwith and Whaleythorns', Tony Warrener.) An article was published on 25th October 1917 in the Notts Free Press :- “LANCE-CORPORAL H. SHOOTER, SUTTON. “Official news has been received of the death of Lance-Corporal Herbert Shooter, of the Sherwood Foresters, who before enlisting resided with his parents at Woodhouse-yard, Alfreton-road, Sutton. He joined the colours at the age of 17 years, and was drafted to France in March, 1916. He was wounded in July, 1916, and sent to Wrest Park Hospital, and was an inmate there when it was destroyed by fire. He was sent out to France again in January, 1917. The following letter was received from a pal, (Corporal Turner, of Sutton): –– “I am writing to you a few lines as a friend of Lance-Corporal Herbert Shooter. You will no doubt have heard of him being missing, but I feel it my duty to write. The last time I saw him was on the night of September 19th, when they were preparing for another battle. The next day I was only there half-an-hour as I had to go to a transport camp for the night. I was with Herbert and a friend (Sergeant Gascoyne) [1]and they both said, “We wish we were going with you,” and I said “So do I.” I wished them both “Good luck and a safe return,” but I am sorry to say that I have not seen either of them since. I have made every enquiry I could concerning them both, and all that I can get to know is that they are both missing. I can assure you I have lost two good and true mates. I still hope to hear something before long. I don't know whether Herbert mentioned me at all to you; my name is Corporal Turner. I have great pleasure to tell you he was a good lad. He was not on the gun when he was missed. I shared his parcel up in our platoon as I thought you would not like me to send it back. I can assure you the boys enjoyed it, but I thought of poor Herbert at the time. I will close hoping that you will hear from him. –– Corporal Turner.” “Since receiving the above letter Mr and Mrs. Else have had official intimation that their son was killed in action on September 20th. Lance-Corporal Shooter before enlisting worked at New Hucknall Colliery.” [1] Sgt. Edward Gascoigne, 17th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Welbeck Rangers), was killed in action on 20th September 1917. Commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, he was the 26 year-old son of Thomas and Ann Gascoigne, of North Muskham, Newark, Nottinghamshire Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • This photo shows the Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Herbert Shooter at Hooge crater cemetery.
Courtesy of peter Gillings
    Herbert Shooter - Grave - This photo shows the Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Herbert Shooter at Hooge crater cemetery. Courtesy of peter Gillings
  • photo shows Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium. 
Courtesy of CWGC
    Hooge Crater Cemetery - photo shows Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium. Courtesy of CWGC