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Sneinton Nottingham
John Henry Widdowson known as Jack was born in 1897 in Sneinton and was the son of William a hawker and Barbara Widdowson née Cooke of 13 Bosworth Terrace Briar Street, Meadows, Nottingham. His father William was born in 1858 in Nottingham, his mother Barbara Cooke was born in 1857 in Daybrok, they were married in 1876 at Radford and went on to have 3 children all of whom were born in Sneinton, William b1884, Thomas b1891 and John Henry B1897 In the 1911 census the family lived at 13 Bosworth Terrace Briar Street The Meadows Nottingham, and were shown as William 53 yrs an out of work hawker, he is living with his wife Barbara 54 yrs and their children William 27 yrs a loader at coal mine, Thomas 20 yrs an out of work hawker and John 14 yrs. The family were to later live at 7 Spring Close, Old Lenton.
11 Jun 1916
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7th Bn Leicestershire Regiment
Private John Henry (Jack) Widdowson, enlisted at Mansfield on 28th August 1914 , he gave his age as 19 yrs and 80 days, his occupation as coal miner. He served with the 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, and landed in France on 29th July 1915. He died at No. 19 Casualty Clearing Station on 11th June 1916 from wounds received earlier that day. He was buried in Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 1. Grave Reference: II B 5
His older brother William also served during the Great War, he attested on 7th December 1915 at Nottingham, he gave his age as 24 yrs and 3 months and his occupation as that of a lace curtain dresser, he was posted to the reserves on 8th December 1915. He was mobilised for war on 7th April 1916 and posted initially to the 19th battalion Sherwood Foresters. He landed in France on 5th September 1916 and it was whilst serving with the 7th battalion Leicestershire Regiment that he was killed in action on 4th March 1917. Having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
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