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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
Person Details
Newark on Trent
Herbert Kirk was born in 1896 at Newark and was the son of Sophia Elizabeth Lockhart (formerly Kirk) née Rossington of 136 Barnby Gate Newark and the late Frederick Kirk a confectioner His father Frederick was born in 1869 at Newark he died in 1911 at Newark aged 49 yrs and his mother Sophia Elizabeth Rossington was born in 1869 at Collingham, they were married in 1890 at Newark and had 10 children, sadly three died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children all born in Newark were, Charles b1892, Eva b1895 Herbert (killed in action 8/5/1915), b1896, Sidney b1902, Clarence b1906, Gladys b1908 and Kathleen Kirk b1910. In the 1911 census the family are living at 15 Appleton Gate, Newark and are shown as Sophia Elizabeth Kirk, 42 yrs a widow and a confectioner, she is living with her children, Charles 19 yrs a sugar boiler, Eva 16 yrs a hair dressers assistant, Herbert 15 yrs an assistant, Sidney 9 yrs a scholar, Clarence 5 yrs, Gladys 3 yrs and Kathleen 9 months of age.
As a boy attended the Wesleyan School, subsequently leaving there to go to Messrs. E.E. Oldham & Sons, confectioners, where he was employed at the outbreak of war
08 May 1915
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15 Appleton Gate Newark
Private
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Herbert Kirk enlisted on 15 September 1914 at Newark, he gave his age as 19 yrs and 2 months, his address as 15 Appleton Gate, Newark. He sated he was an apprentice baker and his next of kin was his mother Sophie Elizabeth Kirk of the same address. He was posted tot he 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment He embarked from Southampton on 25th February 1915 and was killed in action on 8th May 1915 .He is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Heuvelland, Belgium. grave reference E.89
His brother Pte 235153 Charles Kirk served with the 2/5th North Staffordshire Regiment, he died on 3rd April 1918 aged 27 yrs and is buried at Croisilles British Cemetery grave reference VI.E.4 Article published on 19th May 1915 in the Newark Advertiser :- Younger son of Mrs Kirk, confectioner, 15 Appletongate, Newark and late Mr. Frederick Kirk. As a boy attended the Wesleyan School, subsequently leaving there to go to Messrs. E.E. Oldham & Sons, confectioners, where he was employed at the outbreak of war, when he enlisted in the local Territorials. Killed on the morning of 8th May. Shot in the trenches as he was firing over the parapet. Elder brother Charles Kirk, killed in 1918.
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  • Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle
    Herbert Kirk - Commonwealth war grave headstone marking his grave at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, France . Courtesy of Murray Biddle