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Person Details
Swinderby Lincolnshire
George was the son of William and Mary Elizabeth Renshaw (née Wing). His father William was born in Thorpe, Lincolnshire, in about 1854, the son of William Renshaw. In 1881 William (27) an agricultural labourer, was living in Clowne, near Worksop, in the home of his uncle and aunt George and Sarah Renshaw. His mother Mary Elizabeth was born in Navenby, Lincolnshire, in 1860 (A/M/J Grantham), the daughter of Richard and Sarah Wing. Mary had a daughter, Sarah Ann (Wing) b. Navenby 14 May 1879 bap. 3 March 1880, who in 1881 was living with her widowed grandmother, Sarah Wing (61), and uncles George and Richard, at 4 Temperance Hall Yard, Navenby. Mary has not yet been traced on the 1881 census. William and Mary Elizabeth were married in Navenby parish church on 17 September 1882 (J/A/S Lincoln). According to the 1911 Census they had 14 children all of whom survived. Thirteen children have been traced on the census between 1891 and 1911: Sarah E. b. abt 1880, Mary birth registered 1883 (J/F/M Newark) bap. Swinderby 11 March 1883; Susan b. 26 November 1884 (O/N/D Newark) bap. Swinderby 21 December 1884; William b. 18 May 1886 (A/M/J Newark) bap. Swinderby 6 June 1886; George b. 1888 (A/M/J Newark) bap. Swinderby 1 April 1888; and John b. 1889 (J/A/S Newark), all of whom were born in Swinderby, Elizabeth b. 28 March 1891 (A/M/J Southwell), Eliza b. 1892 (J/A/S Southwell) and Charles b. 6 April 1894 (A/M/J Southwell), all of whom were born in Oxton, Harriet b. Blidworth 9 August 1895 (J/A/S Mansfield) and Laura Edith b. 13 February 1898 (J/F/M Mansfield), Alice b. 9 June 1899 (J/A/S Mansfield) and Catherine b. 20 September 1900 (O/N/D Mansfield), all of whom were born in Sutton in Ashfield. No birth registration has yet been traced for Sarah E. and it is possible that she and Sarah Ann are one and the same person. In 1891 William (37) an agricultural labourer and Mary (31) were living at Dairy Cottages, Water Lane, Oxton, with their children Sarah (11), Mary (8), Susan (6), William (5), George (5), John (2) and an unamed daughter (Elizabeth) who was 9 days old. Tha family had moved to Station Road, Sutton in Ashfield, by 1901. William (46) was a brewers' labourer. In the household with William and his wife were William (14) a colliery horse driver, George (13) a colliery yard boy and John (11), Elizabeth (10), Eliza (8), Charles (7), Harriet (6), Laura E (3), Alice (2) and Katherine (6 months). Also in the household was their married daughter their married daughter Sarah E (sic) Cook (21); there is a record of the marriage of Sarah Ann Wing to Joseph Cook in 1899 (O/N/D Chesterfield). William and Mary were living at 30 Union Road, Sutton in Ashfield, in 1911; William was working as a labourer for the urban district council. In the home on the night of the census were six of their children Eliza, Charles, Harriet, Laura, Alice and Catherine. George had married Amy Dennis in 1909 (O/N/D Mansfield). Amy was born on 23 January 1888 (J/F/M Mansfield), the daughter of Samuel and Hannah Dennis, and was baptised at Sutton in Ashfield St Mary Magdalene on 15 October 1888. In 1901 the Dennis family was living at 25 Bentinck Street, Sutton in Ashfield; Amy was 13 years old. It is likely that George and Amy had a daughter, Lucy Dennis (later Lucy Dennis Renshaw), who was born on 9 March 1908 (A/M/J Mansfield), the year before their marriage. After their marriage they had three children: George b. 13 May 1910 (A/M/J Mansfield, Doris M b. 1912 (A/M/J Mansfield) who died young and Gladys b. 25 August 1914 (J/A/S Mansfield). The three children were born in Sutton in Ashfield. In 1911 George (25), a carter for the Urban District Council, and Amy (23) were living on Beecrofts Row, Sutton in Ashfield, with their son George (10 months). Lucy Dennis (3) was living with the widowed Hannah Dennis (60), Amy's mother, at Downing Street, Sutton in Ashfield. Gladys was born three years later in 1914. The WW1 pension record lists George's dependants as his widow Amy and their three surviving children Lucy Dennis, and George and Gladys Renshaw. They were living at 4 Mount Pleasant, Sutton in Ashfield. The electoral roll of 1930 shows Amy and Lucy Dennis at the same address and in 1933 Amy and Lucy together with George Renshaw. Amy was still living at 4 Mount Pleasant in 1939 when the England & Wales Register was compiled. Another person was in the home but the record is closed. Amy died in 1956 (J/F/M Mansfield). Of George and Amy's three surviving children: Lucy Dennis [Lucy Dennis Renshaw] has not yet been traced after 1933. George married Minnie Goodwin in 1931 (J/A/S Mansfield). In 1939 George, a colliery hewer, and Minnie (b. 23 November 1915) were living in Adwick le Street, Yorkshire West Riding, with their daughter, Janice (b. 5 January 1932). George died in 1983 (O/N/D Doncaster). Gladys married Samuel Hopkinson in 1934 (A/M/J Mansfield). In 1939 they were living at 8 Mount Pleasant, Sutton in Ashfield; Samuel (b. 11 November 1909) was a collier hewer (below ground). Also in the household was William Hopkinson (b. 14 June 1914) single, a colliery haulier. There were two other people in the household but the records remain closed. However, they may have been Samuel and Gladys' children, Keith (b. 1934) and Beryl (b. 1936); both records give the mother's maiden name as Renshaw. Gladys died in 1983 (A/M/J Mansfield).
In 1901 he was a colliery yard boy and in 1911 a carter for the urban district council.
29 Aug 1918
513589 - CWGC Website
Enlisted in Sutton in Ashfield
1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
George was killed in action on 29 August 1918. He was buried in Fouquieres Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais, France (grave ref. IV.E.9).
George's brother William served in the Royal Navy from 1907 (last ship HMS Blenheim, Stoker Petty Officer). He committed suicide on 25 October 1917 (see record on this Roll of Honour). Their brother Charles (Charley) also served in the Royal Navy. He joined in May 1913 and ended his career by being dismissed from the Service in November 1919 on expiration of a sentence to 12 months hard labour for 'striking a superior officer'. He died in December 1924: Mansfield Reporter, 19 December 1924: ‘Drowned in a Dam. The Unsolved Mystery of a Sutton Miner. ‘Found drowned’ was the verdict at the inquest on Tuesday on Charles Renshaw (31), a miner, of 47, Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, whose body was found in the Lawn Pleasure Ground, Sutton-in-Ashfield, on Sunday morning. The widow said that the last time she saw her husband was at one o’clock on Friday, when he left home to go on the afternoon shift at the Summit Colliery. He went and drew his money, but did not go down the pit and the next she heard was that he had been found in the dam. He had a brother who drowned himself some years ago. Her husband had been strange in his manner of late, and had frequently gone away when he drew his money on Fridays and returned home on Sunday night. Only a penny and a note with an address on it was found on the body.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'Though lost to sight to memory ever dear from loving wife and children' Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow Amy was his sole legatee. WW1 Pension Ledgers: Amy, and the children Lucy Dennis Renshaw b. 9 March 1908, George b. 13 May 1910 and Gladys b. 25 August 1914.
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    George Renshaw - Photograph courtesy of Lynne Weston