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Person Details
12 Jan 1888
Beeston Nottingham
Enoch Henry was the son of Arthur and Sarah Ann Harper (née Rodgers). Both his parents were born in Beeston, Arthur in about 1864 and Sarah Ann in 1867 (reg. J/F/M). They were married in 1884 and had five children three of whom survived childhood. Four children were named on the census returns between 1891 and 1901: Florence Ruth b. 1885 bap. Beeston St John the Baptist 1886; Enoch Henry b. 12 January 1888 bap. St John 1 March 1893; Thomas William b. 1890 d. 1892 and Harry b. 1895. All the children were born in Beeston. The family was living on Upper Regent Street, Beeston, when Florence was baptised in 1886 but had moved to 17 The City, Beeston, by 1891. In the home on the night of the census were Arthur, a coal miner, his wife and their three children Florence (3), Enoch (2) and Thomas (1) who died the following year. They were still at the same address ten years later in 1901; Arthur, who was now working as an iron moulder, Sarah, Florence a lace mender, Enoch a cycle labourer and Harry (5). Still at 17 The City in 1911, Arthur now worked as a labourer for the Urban District Council. Only one of their three children, Harry, a Levers (lace) threader at Swiss Mills, was still at home although Arthur and Sarah also had an adopted daughter, May Rodgers (2, b. Dunkirk Nottingham). No records have yet been traced for this child who presumably was one of Sarah's relatives. The two older children, Florence and Enoch, were now married. Florence married Percy William Booth at St John the Baptist in December 1910. In 1911 they were living on Broughton Street, Beeston; Percy was a twisthand lace maker. Enoch married Lois Cox (b. 1888) in 1909 and they had three daughters, two of whom died in infancy: Florence Alice b. 1910 (J/F/M) d. 1910 (J/A/S); Ada b. 1911 (J/A/S) d. 1911 (J/A/S) and Sarah A. b. 1912. In 1911 they were living at 12 The City; they had been married just over a year and their first child had died in infancy. Enoch's parents Arthur and Sarah later lived at 79 Regent Street. Sarah Ann died in 1916 before the deaths of her two sons in the war; Harry was killed in 1918. Arthur probably died in 1943. Lois and Enoch's daughter, Sarah, survived into adulthood. Lois married Edwin Walker in 1921 and in 1939 they were living in Beeston. She died in 1956 having survived her husband.
He was a lace twist hand at Swiss Mills, Beeston.
05 Jun 1917
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315191 - CWGC Website
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Resident Beeston. Enlisted Nottingham.
Sergeant
2/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
2/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) Enoch Henry Harper enlisted on 13 October 1914. In April 1916 the battalion went to Ireland, returning to England in January 1917. They landed in France on 26 February 1917 and Enoch was killed four months later on 5 June. War Diary - 2/7th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) 5/6/17: "Digging and wiring of 2 new posts at Q 5d.3.7 and U 5d. 9.5; A little shelling of our trenches in front of Bilkem Farm at 10pm. One hit was obtained killing 1 NCO and 2 men" Enoch was the NCO killed at 10pm that evening. Enoch is buried in Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, France. (Grave ref. I.D.8). He qualified for the British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History of Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension (extract): 'The village was captured by the 10th and 11th King's Royal Rifle Corps on the 4th and 5th April 1917, evacuated on the 23rd March 1918, and retaken by the 1st Otago Regiment on the following 6th September. The Communal Cemetery was used by the enemy for the burial of German soldiers and also of three R.F.C. Officers, whose graves have now been removed to the British Extension ... The British Extension was begun in April 1917, and used until March 1918, and two graves were added in the following September. These original burials, made by Field Ambulances and fighting units, are in Plots I and II; Plots III and IV were added after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the immediate neighbourhood [burial grounds listed].' (www.cwgc.org)
Enoch's brother, Harry Harper, served in the 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (32369 Private) and was killed in action on 23 March 1918. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France. (See record on this Roll of Honour) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his widow Lois was his legatee. Payments 28/8/17 - £2/2/8d. 4/10/17 - £5/5/2d as undertaking. 21/10/19 - £15
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  • Photograph courtesy of Brian Szowkomud
    Enoch Henry Harper - Photograph courtesy of Brian Szowkomud
  • Buried in Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, France. (www.cwgc.org)
    Enoch Henry Harper - Buried in Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension, France. (www.cwgc.org)