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Kirkby in Ashfield Nottinghamshire
Henry Hawksley (Harry) was born in 1897 the son of John William a bricklayers labourer and Elizabeth Hawksley née Blythe of 8 Park Street, Sutton in Ashfield, and the brother of John William, Wilfred, Lottie, Sarah, Rebecca, Elizabeth and Samuel Hawksley. John William was born in 1863 at Sutton in Ashfield, Elizabeth Blythe was born in 1866 at Kirkby, married in 1886 their marriage was recorded in the Basford registration district, they went on to have 9 children. In 1911 the family lived at lived at 8 Slater Street Sutton in Ashfield John William 48 yrs is a bricklayers labourer,
He was a pit bank surface labourer at the Butcherwood Colliery.
11 Jul 1918
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Lance Corporal
Seaforth Highlanders (Ross–shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)
Lance Corporal Harry Hawksley, enlisted at Sutton in Ashfield, he served with the 1/4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, and died from influenza on 11th July 1918 whilst on leave. He is buried in Sutton-in-Ashfield (St. Mary Magdalene) Churchyard.
Following article was published on 19th July 1918 in the Nottingham Free Press :- “SUTTON SOLDIER'S DEATH. “LANCE-CORPORAL H. HAWKSLEY. “The death occurred on Thursday evening, at the home of his parents – Mr. and Mrs. John Hawksley, 1, New Cross-street – of Lance-Corporal Harry Hawksley, at the age of 21 years. Deceased was wounded in France some eight months ago, and was sent to the 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, where he was gradually recovering from his injuries. Unfortunately, Lance-Corporal Hawksley had to quickly take to his own bed on arriving home on seven days' hospital leave, and, despite all that could be done for him, he died on Thursday evening, [11th July 1918] death being accelerated through an attack of influenza. Deceased enlisted in May, 1917, in the 4th Seaforth Highlanders, previous to which he followed the occupation of a miner at the Butcherwood Colliery. The remains were laid to rest in Sutton Churchyard on Monday afternoon, [15th July 1918] the Rev. G. H. Vine officiating. “The local detachment of Volunteers joined in the cortege, several of the members forming a firing party. Among the floral tributes received was one from Manchester Hospital. The following letter has been received: –– “It is with very deep sorrow I heard of the death of your son, and one of “my boys,” as I always think of them. Your son has been under my care since his transfer to Ducie-avenue, and had endeared himself to all the staff. It came as a great shock to hear the sad news. When he was recovering from his attack of influenza I myself was warded with an attack, and so did not see him just when he came home on his leave. Having lost a dear brother in this war, I can fully sympathise with you and yours, and only pray that God in his great love will sustain you and give you strength to bear your sorrow. His chums in the wards can scarcely realise he is gone. – Christina A. Watts, Sister, T.F.N.S.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 Listed by CWGC as Harry
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