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Person Details
Ilkeston Derbyshire
Samuel was the son of Samuel and Fanny Froggatt (née Oakes). His father Samuel was born in Calverton, Nottinghamshire, in about 1868, the son of Thomas and Ann Froggett, and one of at least nine children including twin boys. In 1881 the famiy was living in Calverton; Thomas and Samuel were both agricultural labourers. His mother Fanny was born in Ilkeston in about 1868, the daughter of George and Mary Oakes. In 1881 her parents were living in Ilkeston with their nine children including Fanny, a lace worker. Samuel and Fanny were married at Ilkeston St Mary on 26 November 1887. Fanny was nineteen years old and Samuel, a farm labourer, twenty. They had ten children of whom only four were still living in 1911. However, the four included Emma who was born in Ilkeston in about 1884 and was Fanny's illegitimate child. The registration of Emma's birth, either as Oakes or Froggatt, has not been yet been traced and although she has the surname Froggatt on the census between 1891 and 1911 the registration of her marriage was in the name of Oakes with no name of a father but instead 'illeg.' The other three surviving children, who were born in Ilkeston, were: Samuel b. 1888 (J/F/M Basford), Arthur b. 1894 bap. Ilkeston St Mary 9 May 1894 and Patrick John Henry b. 1899 bap. St Mary 12 April 1899. Three of their six children who died young were: Mary Ann Elizabeth b. 1889 (J/A/S) bap. St Mary 16 January 1890 d. 1891 buried St Mary churchyard 20 December; Henry [John Henry] b. 1898 bap. St Mary 2 February 1898 d. 1898 (J/F/M) and Florence May bap. St Mary 11 December 1901 d. 1902 (J/A/S Basford). In 1891 Samuel and Fanny were living at 1 Pimlico, Ilkeston, with the children Emma (7), Samuel (3) and Mary (1). Mary died in the December of that year. By 1901 they had moved to 1 Tutin Street, Ilkeston, where they were living with the four surviving children, Emma (17) a general servant, Samuel a coal miner, Arthur (8) and Patrick (2). Samuel snr. was now working as a coal miner. Samuel and Fanny, a midwife, were still at the same address in 1911 but only the two youngest children, Arthur a pit pony driver and Patrick, were still at home. Emma had married William Stevenson at Ilkeston St Mary on 27 May 1901. Both Emma (18) and William (19) were living on Club Row. Neither of their fathers was named on the marriage certificate. Emma and William had five children of whom only three survived. In 1911 they were living at 12 Abbey Street, Ilkeston, with their surviving children Hilda, Lily and William Henry. Also in the household was Emma's half-brother, Samuel Froggatt, a coal miner, who was recorded as a boarder. Fanny Froggatt died aged about 44 in 1911 (J/A/S Basford). Emma completed a form for the army in April 1919 listing the names of Samuel's blood relatives. She inserted her name - Emma Stevenson, 5 Club Row Ilkeston - in the section for 'widow' but crossed out the word and replaced it with 'sister' as well as including her name as a 'sister half-blood'. She gave the name of his father, Samuel 'address not known', mother Fanny adding 'deceased', and brother Arthur 'address not known.' The Registers of Soldiers' Effects named Mrs Emma Stevenson as Samuel's legatee although the WW1 Pension Ledgers index card named his father Samuel and Emma 'stepmother'. His youngest brother Patrick attested on 28 December 1914 and his service record has the name of his father Samuel 'of Derby' but of no known address suggesting that the family had broken up after Fanny's death. Patrick John Henry was posted to the Sherwood Foresters (21032/31997 Private) on attesting in 1914. However, he was discharged on 22 March 1915 and gave his intended address as (Miss Jowett) 36 Station Road, Ilkeston. Patrick rejoined the army and served in the 11th Bn The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) 331181 Private. He was killed in action on 19 August 1918 and is buried in Meteren Military Cemetery, Nord Pas-de-Calais, France. Patrick had nominated Grace Jowett (b. Ilkeston abt 1896) as his legatee.
In 1901 and 1911 he was a coal miner hewer
24 Sep 1915
291622 - CWGC Website
Brinsley Nottinghamshire. Enlisted Derby.
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) Samuel Froggatt attested on 13 August 1914 in the Sherwood Foresters and enlisted on an Army Reserve (Special Reservists) six year engagement. He was aged 26 years 219 days, 5 feet 3 inches tall and employed as a collier. He was posted to the 3rd Reserve battalion the same day. On 17 August he was posted to the 8th battalion. Two months later on 20 October he was awarded 21 days detention for absence. On 17 February 1915 Samuel was posted to the 1st Battalion in France. On 22 April he was in trouble again, this time for smoking in a barn for which he was sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment No.1. He also suffered a number of medical problems: 8 June admitted to 4th General Hospital with a septic right arm, to No. 25 Field Ambulance on 10 July with a septic leg wound and again to No. 25 Field Ambulance on 3rd August with boils. He returned to duty with his battalion on 19 August 1915 and a month later on 24 September 1915 he was killed in action. The battalion was in the area of Rue De Bruges, Convent Wall No. 3 Section on 24th September: "4th day of bombardment. Went on fairly continuously all day. Reserve Companies moved into reserve trenches about 10 pm, and Battalion Headquarters moved to dug-outs under Convent Wall. At 8 pm, Battalion came under Lt.Co., Lambert, East Lancs Regiment and were known as 'Lambert's Detachment'. 2/Lt P.M. Burrows joined." Samuel is buried in Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France (grave I.H.3). The cemetery is about 5 kilometres south-west of Armentieres. He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - Rue-David Military Cemetery (extract): '"Rue-David" (or "Rue-des-Davids") is the local name of the road running between La Croix-Marechal and La Boutillerie. The cemetery was begun by the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers in December 1914 and closed to Commonwealth burials in December 1917. At the Armistice it comprised Rows A to F and part of G of the present Plot I and contained 220 graves. The cemetery was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in mainly from the neighbourhood of Aubers and Fromelles [cemeteries listed].' John Morse
His youngest brother Patrick served in the 11th Bn The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) - 331181 Private - and was killed in action on 19 August 1918. He is buried in Meteren Military Cemetery, Nord Pas-de-Calais, France. (CWGC 257697) WMR 14236: Ilkeston Cenotaph, Market Place, DE7 5RN. Both Samuel and Patrick are commemorated on the memorial: PJH Froggatt, S Froggatt. CWGC Samuel Froggatt: 'Son of Samuel and Fanny Froggatt, of Ilkeston; husband of Emma Stevenson (formerly Froggatt), of 5, Club Row, Bath St., Ilkeston, Derbyshire.' The details about his wife, Emma Stevenson, are incorrect (see 'Family history'). Samuel's personal effects - 1 disc, 1 letter, 3 cards - were sent to his half-sister Emma Stevenson as were his plaque and medals.
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