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Linton, Derbyshire
Wilfrid Pointon was born in 1879 in Linton, Derbyshire and was the son Henry a coal miner and Emma Pointon, of Linton, Derbyshire Wilfrid married his wife Elizabeth Taylor in 1902 , their marriage was recorded in the Chesterfield Registration District they lived at 53, Portland Rd., Shirebrook, Notts and had the following children , Emma b1903 Whalley Common, Clara b1905 Whalley Common, Dorothy May b1908 Langwith, Wilfred Henry b1906 Whalley Com mon and Isiah b1910 Shirebrook Elizabeth b1912 Shirebrook and Winifred b1917 Shirebrook. In the 1911 census the family are living at 53 Portland Road, Shirebrook and are shown as Wilfird 32 years a coal miner, he is living with his wife Elizabeth 29 yrs and their children Emma 8 yrs, Clara 6 yrs, Wilfrid Henry 5 yrs, Dorothy May 3 yrs and Isiah 1 year old, also living with the family is John Henry Pointon 51 yrs a coal miner , he is listed as a lodger
worked at Warsop Main Colliery
08 Aug 1917
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Lance Sergeant
10th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Lance Sergeant Wilfred Pointon, enlisted at Mansfield and served with the 10th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, he was killed in action on 8th August 1917. He is buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux. (grave ref lV.A.38)
Article published 7th September 1917 in the Belper News:- “Lance-Sergt. W. Pointon, Notts. and Derbys., of 53 Portland Road, Shirebrook, was killed in action on August 8th. He leaves a widow and six children, the eldest of whom is only 14 years of age. It is a melancholy coincidence that he died on his younger son's eighth birthday, and that a cheerful letter was received from him the same morning. The announcement of his death was contained in the following letter from Captain J. A. Meads: – “The enemy attempted to raid our trenches about 4 a.m., and your husband was severely wounded by the explosion of a shell. Everything possible was done for him, but fortunately, it was of no avail, and he died few minutes afterwards. He was carried out of the line and buried in a cemetery. I hardly know how to express our appreciation of him or how to express to you the sincere and deep sympathy of all his comrades. He was fearless, thoroughly trustworthy, efficient, and liked by all. We cannot afford to lose such a valuable life, and his loss is greatly felt in the company. As Company Commander, I have known him for over four months, and have always had implicit confidence in him and a great admiration for his industry. His death must, I know, be a sad blow to you, and wish I could write some thing which would help you to bear your great sorrow. I can only tell you, on behalf of all ranks of the company, that our sincerest sympathy goes out to you, and that we all hope time will soon ease your pain.” — Deceased enlisted on November 22nd, 1914, and was wounded in the foot in the Somme offensive in July of last year. He was treated in hospital in England, and returned to France last January after spending a month with his wife and family. He had worked at the Warsop Main Colliery for over ten years, and previously at Langwith. Thirty eight years of age, he was well-known in Shirebrook. and warmly esteemed by a wide circle of friends.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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