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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Wiliam Cockerton at St Andrews churchyard,Skegby 
photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
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Hyson Green
William Cockerton was born in 1871 at Hyson Green and was the son of Henry Cockerton and Sylvia Cockerton, née Tivey. His father Henry was born in 1847 at Litchurch, Derbyshire and died in 1883 at Nottingham aged 35 yrs, his mother Sarah Tivey was born in 1845 at Darley Abbey and they were married in 1864 at Derby, they went on to have the following children, Sarah Maria b1864 Derby, Minnie Blanche b1868 Burton upon Trent, Wiliam b1871 Hyson Green, Fanny b1872 Old Radford, Kate b1876 Old Radford, Grace Elizabeth b1878 Nottingham and Harry b1878 Nottingham. William Cockerton married his wife Lily Smith in 1904 at Nottingham, they went on to have 3 children sadly one died in infancy or early childhood, their children were Kate b1908 Sutton in Ashfield and Nettie Iris b1909 Sutton in Ashfield. In the 1911 census William and his family are living at 3 Granville Street, Laughton Common, Rotherham and are shown as William Cockerton 40 yrs a coal miner, he is living with his wife Lily 30 yrs and their children Kate 3 yrs and Nettie Iris 1 year of age. In the same 1911 census we find William's mother residing at 55 Cottesmore Road, Lenton Nottingham, she is shown as being Sarah Cockerton 67 yrs a widow and a nurse, she is living with Herbert Humphreys 32 yrs a clerk and his family.
He was a coal miner
03 Oct 1914
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Gunner
15th Coy Royal Garrison Artillery
Gunner William Cockerton, enlisted at Mansfield on 18th August 1914 and served with the 14th Company Royal Garrison Artillery, he died in Ireland of heart failure on 3rd October 1914. He is buried in Skegby (St. Andrew) Churchyard.
Article published 5th October 1914 in the Derry Journal :- “Sudden Death at Buncrana. “On Saturday [3rd October 1914] Gunner William Cockerton of the Royal Garrison Artillery, stationed at Buncrana, was found dead in his tent. On the previous day he had been in his usual good health, and had attended to his customary duty. The military doctor on being hastily summoned ascertained that death was due to heart failure, and consequently an inquest was not considered necessary. The deceased soldier was a native of England, where his wife and family reside.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Wiliam Cockerton at St Andrews churchyard,Skegby 
photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
    William Cockerton - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Wiliam Cockerton at St Andrews churchyard,Skegby photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
  • Photograph published in the Notts Free Press.
    William Cockerton - Photograph published in the Notts Free Press.