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John Robert was born in 1895 in Nottingham and was the son of Arthur a machine fitter and Louisa Isabella Shelton née Edwards of 21 Duke Street, Radford. His father Arthur was born in 1867 in Nottingham and his mother Louisa Isabella Edwards was born in 1867 also in Nottingham they were married in 1885 in Nottingham and went on to have the following children all of whom were born in Nottingham : George Edward b1884, Arthur b1886, Jerimiah b1888, Louisa b1891, Emma b1894, John Robert b1895, William b1898, Doris b1903, May Ethel b1905 and Ada b1908. In the 1911 census the family are living at 21 Duke Street, Radford. His father Arthur died on 4th November 1916 following the death of his two sons he was 49 yrs of age.
01 Jul 1916
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1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private John Robert Shelton, enlisted in Nottingham and served with the 1/7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire) Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles), He landed in France on 25th February 1915 and he was killed in action on 1st July 1916 the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Having no known grave his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
His brother George Edward Shelton served in the 1st battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and was killed in action on 24th July 1916 , he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Announcement published 5th November 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post : - “SHELTON. – In loving memory of my dear husband, Arthur Shelton, died November 4th, 1916; also my two sons killed in action, John Robert, killed July 1st, 1915 [sic], George, July 24th, 1915. [sic] A bitter grief, a shock severe, to part with those we loved so dear. Fondly remembered. – Mother, sisters, brothers, Arthur, Jerry, Bill, Tom (in France).” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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