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Swanwick Derbyshire
Albert Naylor (junior) was born in 1894 at Swanwick and was the son of Albert Naylor (senior) a coal miner hewer and his first wife the late Sarah Ellen Naylor née Martin of at 34 Bright Street Ilkeston Road Nottingham. His father Albert was born in 1859 at Heanor, his mother Sarah Ellen Martin was born in 1866 at Sheffield, they were married in 1889 at Nottingham and had the following children, Richard Martin Naylor b1887, Albert b1894 Swanwick, their remaining children were born at Nottingham and were Ada b1896, Francis b1901 and Lena Mary b1904. His mother Sarah Ellen died in 1903 she was aged 37 yrs, his father then re married on 17th September 1904 at the Nottingham Registrar to Mary Martin (born 1874 Derby) they had further children, Elsie b1906, Levi b1908, Mary Ellen b1910 and Wilfred b1912 all were born in Nottingham. In the 1911 census the family are living at 34 Bright Street, Nottingham and are shown as Albert 52 yrs a coal miner hewer, he is living with his wife Mary 37 yrs and their children Albert 17 yrs a coal miner hewer, Ada 15 yrs a cycle worker, Francis 10 yrs a scholar, Lena Mary 6 yrs, Elsie 5 yrs, Levi 3 yrs and Mary Ellen 4 months of age.
He was a coal miner when he enlisted.
27 Aug 1914
Royal Field Artillery
Gunner Albert Naylor enlisted on 4th August 1914 at Swanwick, he served with the 136th Battery Royal Field Artillery at Newcastle. He contracted pneumonia and died there on 27th August 1914. His body was returned to his family in Nottingham, he is not recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as a casualty of war.
His father Albert Naylor (senior) had seen service with the Royal Field Artillery prior to the Great War and upon the outbreak of war he enlisted at Nottingham on 3rd April 1915, he gave his age as 53 yrs 4 months, he had a medical on 29th December 1914 where he was found fit for home duties. His service record survives and shows that he served on the home front until 24th September 1917 when he was transferred to the Labour Corps and went to France on 25th September 1917. It is believed he served with the Chinese Labour Corps in France. He returned to England on 22nd November 1918 and was discharged from the Army on 25th November 1918, his discharge address was 34 Bright Street, Nottingham. On 31st August 1914 it was reported that a Nottingham family had brought their son's body back to the city to be buried. Gnr. Albert Naylor had enlisted the day war was declared, 4th August 1914, and had been posted to 136th Battery Royal Field Artillery in Newcastle. Sadly, he contracted pneumonia and died there on 27th August 1914. Following article was published on 31st August 1914 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “A KINDLY ACT. “RADFORD PARENTS AND THEIR SOLDIER SON. “A few days ago Mr. Naylor, a resident of Bright-street, Radford, received a telegraphic communication from Newcastle-on-Tyne, announcing the death of his son from pneumonia. The lad only enlisted in the army quite recently. “The parents made several unsuccessful attempts to get the body removed to Nottingham, and eventually the father approached Mr. C. E. M. S. Pilkington [1], of Wollaton, who promptly volunteered to help the family out of the difficulty by placing a motor car at their disposal. “In the early hours of Saturday morning [29th August 1914] Mr. Pilkington, his chauffeur, and Mr. Naylor proceeded to Newcastle, and returned to Nottingham with the body of the deceased soldier the same night. “Mr. Naylor and his family are naturally extremely grateful to Mr. Pilkington for his kindly and thoughtful help.” [1] Claude William Egerton Milburne Swinnerton Pilkington, a member of the local gentry. Above article and information are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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