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Robert Scraton was born in in 1895 at Southwell and was the son of Frederick a gardener and Ellen Scraton née Brown of Holy Trinity Cottage, Westhope, Southwell. His father Frederick was born in 1967 and his mother Ellen Brown was born in 1871 both were born in Southwell, they were married in 1893 at Southwell and went on to have 8 children, sadly two died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were , Robert b1895, Elizabeth b1896, Laura b1898, Ellen b1902, Kate b1906 and Norman b1909 all were born in Southwell. In the 1911 census the family are living at Holy Trinity Cottage, Westhope, Southwell and are shown as Frederick 44 yrs a gardener he is living with his wife Ellen 40 yrs and their children, Robert 16 yrs a relief postman, Elizabeth 15 yrs an apprentice dress make, Laura 13 yrs a scholar, Ellen 9 yrs a scholar, Kate 5 yrs and Norman 2 yrs .
He was a postman
03 Jun 1918
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Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Private Robert Scraton enlisted on 21st February 1916 at Southwell and initially served with the service number 34295 in the 7th battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). He served during the Irish Rebellion and landed in France on 25th December 1916. He caught trench fever in June 1917 and during convalescence he transferred to the 47th Company Machine Gun Corps. He returned to France on 17th February 1918 and was killed in action on 3rd of June 1918, he is buried in the Franvillers Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.
Article published 3rd July 1918 in the Newark Advertiser :- Son of Mr & Mrs F.E. Scraton, Holy Trinity Cottage, Westhorpe, Southwell. He was connected from the Post Office from the age of 14, first as a telegraph messenger and afterwards as an auxilliary postman. He joined the army on Feb. 21st, 1916 and went out to the Irish Rebellion, where he was made L/Cpl. Went to France on Dec. 25th, 1916, where he saw much fighting and contracted trench fever in June 1917. When convalescent he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps and went again to France on Feb. 17th, 1918. Killed by a shell while at his gun.
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