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Newark on Trent
Harry Footitt was born in 1897 at Newark and was the son of Frederick a tailors cutter and Fanny Footitt née Gainsley of 2 Slaughterhouse Lane Newark. His father Frederick was born in 1872 at Newark and his mother Fanny Jane Gainsley was born in 1872 at Holbeck, Lincolnshire, they were married in 1893 at Newark and went on to have the following children, Fred b1895, Harry b1897, Ada b1905 and Nelly all were born in Newark. In the 1911 census the family are living at 2 Slaughter House Lane, Newark and are shown as Fred 39 yrs a tailors cutter, he is living with his wife Fanny 39 yrs and their children, Fred 15 yrs a labourer, Harry 15 yrs a labourer, Ada 6 yrs a scholar and Nelly 2 yrs.
He was a labourer.
27 Mar 1916
1612692 - CWGC Website
1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
Private Harry Footitt enlisted at Newark and served with the 1st battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, he was killed in action on 27th March 1918 and having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.
His brother Private Fred Footitt enlisted at Newark and served with the 1/8th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment, he landed in France on 18th August 1915 and died of wounds on 21st March 1916, he is buried at Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France Article published 15th April 1916 in the Newark Herald :- Younger son of Mr & Mrs Footitt, Slaughterhouse Lane, Newark. Attended Christ Church school and on leaving went to work at Quibell Bros. From whene he went to Messrs. Farriers. While there he joined the local Territorials. He longed to be a soldier and in June 1914 joined the Northumberland Fusiliers Remained at Newcastle until August when he went out with the BEF. Suffered from frost-bitten feet and was wounded in early 1915. Spent some time in a Cardiff hospital. Last home on leave at Christmas 1915. Fond of singing and playing the mouth organ, also happy when playing football.
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