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Person Details
Wadworth Yorkshire
John was the son of William Henry and Emma Sentance (née Chappell). His father William Henry was born in Norwell Woodhouse in 1861, the son of John and Mary Sentance, and baptised at Norwell St Lawrence on 8 February 1861. In 1871 the family was living on the Ossington Hall estate, Nottinghamshire, where his father was a shepherd. They later moved to Hawton, Newark. His mother Emma was born in Norwell in about 1858, the daughter of Malcolm and Sarah Chappell, and baptised at Norwell St Lawrence on 14 February 1858. In 1861 the family was living in Norwell and still living in the village in 1871 by which time Emma's mother had died. William and Emma were married in 1886 (A/M/J Newark) and had eight children of whom one died in infancy or childhood. Their surviving children were: George b. Bilsthorpe 11 August 1886 bap. Bilsthorpe St Margaret 12 September 1886; Henry (Harry) b. Bilsthorpe 1 February 1888 bap. St Margaret 4 March 1888; Annie Gertrude b. Brant Broughton birth registered 1890 (J/F/M); Frederick (Fred) b. Mansfield 1891; Mabel b. Mansfield birth registered 1894 (J/F/M); John b. Wadworth Yorkshire 15 March 1897 bap. Wadworth 25 October 1897 (reg. Doncaster) and Frank b. Hemsley 12 October 1902 (reg. Doncaster). In 1891 William, an agricultural labourer, and Emma were living at Forest Cottages, Southwell Road, Mansfield, with their three children, George (5), Henry (3) and Annie (1). By 1891 they had moved to Limestone Gate Cottage, Tickhill, Doncaster, where William was working as a shepherd. He and Emma now had six children; George and Henry who were also employed as shepherds, Annie, Frederick (9), Mabel (7) and John (4). Frank, the youngest son, was born the following year. By 1911 the family had returned to Nottinghamshire and were living at Shelton, near Newark, where William was a gamekeeper. Only four of their children were in the home on the night of the census: Henry a railway platelayer, Frederick a farm labourer, John a farm boy and Frank (8). Both their daughters were working as domestic servants, Annie at Cropwell Bishop in the household of Joseph Baldock, a relieving officer and registrar of births and deaths, and Mabel in Newark in the household of Robert Stephenson, an agricultural engineer. George had enlisted in the Militia in June 1906 but transferred to the regular army on 23 August 1906 and was serving in India with the 1st Bn York & Lancaster Regiment (994 Private). William died in 1913 and Emma was living at 20 Lindum Street, Newark, Nottinghamshire, when John was killed in 1917. She may have died in 1933. A report of John's death in the local newspaper recorded that his three brothers were also serving: Frank who was in hospital in England suffering from trench fever, George who had been twice wounded and also gassed and Harry who was with the Notts & Derby Regiment and had served in Ireland during the uprising. George served in the York & Lancaster Regiment (8478) and was in France from 1 May 1915. He later transferred to the Labour Corps (375000 A/Sgt) and was demobilized, Class 'Z', on 13 February 1919.
He was employed by the Farrar Works Ltd
31 Jul 1917
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Enlisted Newark
8th Bn Suffolk Regiment
John Sentance enlisted on 23rd February 1917 at Newark and served initially with the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment). (268615 Private) John landed in France at the end of May 1917 and was killed in action two months later on 31st July 1917 while serving with the 8th battalion Suffolk Regiment. A newspaper report of his death describes how he was 'killed by a bullet and lies buried where he fell.' John has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium (Panel 21).
Report published 22nd August 1917 in the Newark Advertiser:- 'Fourth son of the late Mr William Sentance and of Mrs Sentance, 20 Lindum Street, Newark. A native of Mansfield and had resided in Newark for the past three years. He was employed by the Farrar Works Ltd. and was there up to his enlistment on Feb. 23rd 1917. He went to France the last week in May. Killed by a bullet and lies buried where he fell. Three elder brothers are in the army: Pte F. Sentance, in hospital in England suffering from trench fever. Sgt George Sentance, who has been wounded twice and gassed. Driver Harry Sentance, who is with the Notts. & Derbys and was in the Irish Rebellion.' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: His mother Emma was his legatee. Only Emma is named on the WW1 Pension Ledgers Index Cards.
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  • Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)
    John Sentance - Commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. (www.cwgc.org)