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He was the son of John and Ellen Lilley and the brother of Ethel and Francis Frederick Lilley. In 1911 they lived at 24 Cathcart Street and later Belle Vue Road (both St Ann's Nottingham).
30 May 1917
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Corporal
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Corporal John William Lilley, enlisted at Nottingham and initially served with service number 11760 in the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) later transferring to the 48th Company Machine Gun Corps, he was killed in action on 30th May 1917. The positions occupied by his unit were reportedly shelled that evening, so presumably he lost his life at that time. He is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery
In memoriam published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 30th May 1918 :- “LILLEY. – In loving memory of my dear husband, Cpl. J. W. Lilley, killed in action May 30th, 1917. Friends may think I have forgotten him, when at times they see me smile, but they little know the sorrow, that the smile hides all the time. – His loving wife. “LILLEY. – In loving memory of our dear son, Act.-Cpl. J. W. Lilley, M.G.C., who was killed in action May 30th, 1917. A day of remembrance sad to recall. – From his loving mother and father, also son (in France). “LILLEY. – In affection remembrance of our dear brother, Act.-Cpl. J. W. Lilley, M.G.C., who was killed in action May 30th, 1917. One long year has passed away, since our great sorrow fell, yet in our hearts we mourn the loss of him we loved so well. – From his loving sisters and brother (in France), also brothers-in-law).” Above in memoriam are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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