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  • Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
Person Details
01 Feb 1893
Butlers Hill, Hucknall
John was born at Butlers Hill, Hucknall on 1st February 1893, the son of Alfred and Ellen Tolley. In the 1911 Census the family are shown living at 46 Sherbrook Road, Daybrook. John is single and works as a pony driver (underground). He was one of a large family of some ten children and when he left school he went to work with his father at the Bestwood Colliery. He was a member of the local Baptist Church and played football for the Baptist Eleven.
He was employed at Bestwood Colliery as a pony driver (underground)
23 Apr 1917
777690 - CWGC Website
7th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
He attested into the Lincolnshire Regiment at Hucknall on 3rd in September 1914, his medical form shows his age as 21yrs and 240 days he was 5 feet 9 ½ inches, 127 lbs and had a 34 inch chest. He was posted to their 7th Battalion. His battalion took part in the battle for Arras, the British continued with the battle hoping to pull off attention from the French. It was during this continuation of the battle that John was killed in action aged 24 years, when in the front line trench. The German shelling has very heavy and suddenly a shell exploded almost on top of him and a large piece of shrapnel entering his head and killing him instantly.
He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France His younger brother William Henry also served and died in the 'Great War'
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  • Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley
    John Thomas Tolley - Photo provided courtesy of Cliff Housley