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Robert Grainger (junior) was the Son of Robert (senior) a colliery banksman and his first wife and Emma Grainger née Brown of Bagthorpe, Jacksdale. His father Robert Grainger (senior) was born in 1860 at Selston and his mother Emma Brown was born in 1858 at Calverton, they were married in 1892 their marriage was recorded in the Basford Registration district, they went on to have a further son Albert born in 1899 at Selston. His father re married in 1910 to Mary Emma Bond (b1869 Selston) they marriage was recorded in the Basford registration area. In the 1911 census the family are living at Bagthorpe and are shown as Robert 51 yrs a colliery banksman, he is living with his second wife Mary Emma 41 yrs and their 2 sons Robert 16 yrs a colliery banksman and Albert 12 yrs a scholar.
He was a miner at Underwood Colliery
18 May 1916
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16th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Robert Grainger enlisted on 14th May 1915 at Ilkeston whilst residing at Jacksdale. He served with the 16th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He was killed in action on 18th May 1916 and is buried at Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy, France Ref III.R.15.
Letter in Eastwood Advertiser states "he had been attached to B Co. from the very formation of the Battalion. He enlisted on 14 May 1915 and had been in France just over three months. He was 22 years of age and prior to giving his services to his country was engaged as a miner at the Underwood Colliery." A letter from Capt W G Constable, O/C B Company quoted in the same article states "he was killed by a shrapnel shell which fell on the shelter in which he was on duty and his death must have been instantaneous."
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  • Buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy
    Robert Grainger - Buried in Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy