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Worksop, Notts
George and Elizabeth Jeffrey had 3 children in Worksop, Frank, Joseph and Sarah. In 1891, Elizabeth, Joseph and Sarah were living at Gateford Road, Worksop, in the household of Emanuel Willis, working as his housekeeper. By 1901, Elizabeth had 2 children by Emmanuel Willis, name George and Mark Willis. Elizabeth’s first son, Joseph Jeffrey, probably married in 1895 and had a son George Jeffrey in 1898, who was living with his grandparents at Mafeking Terrace, Worksop. Emmanuel and Elizabeth eventually married in 1903 in Worksop and continued to bring up their grandson, George at 138 Gateford Road, until his joining the colours.
10 Jul 1916
101732 - CWGC Website
8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte. George Jeffrey Worksop Guardian 21 July 1916 Another Territorial has given his life for his country in the person of Pte. George Jeffrey, 1-8th Nott’s and Derby, who died in No1 General Hospital, France, on July 10th, from wounds received in action. The brave lad was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. E. Willis, 138, Gateford Road, Worksop, who had brought him up and who were greatly attached to him. As a boy, he attended St. John’s Church School, and later went to work at Kiveton Park Colliery. At the outbreak of war he went into training in earnest with the Territorial’s, and towards the end of June last year, he was drafted to France. He had thus been in France a little over twelve months before the end came, and he had never been allowed leave in the meantime. In the last letter received from him, he expressed a great longing to see his home and Grandparents again, and stated that he might get leave in three weeks. Poor lad! He was only 18 last December. Writing to Mrs Willis, the Matron said:- “I very much regret to say that your Grandson, G. Jeffrey is lying dangerously wounded in this hospital. He has got wounds all over him, and the doctors consider that his condition is very critical. I am so grieved to have to give you such bad news, and can only hope that there will be a change for the better in a day or two”. Alas this was not to be. He gradually grew worse till death came to his relief. He was a smart, well conducted lad, and was well liked by his comrades. He had nine relatives at the Front, a record to be proud of.
CWG additional information:- Son of Joe Jeffrey, of 138, Gateford Rd., Worksop, Notts. Buried at the Etretat Churchyard, France. Research by Colin Dannatt
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