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  • The commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of Henry Edmund Priestley at Beeston Cemetery. 
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
Attenborough
Henry Edmund Priestley was born in 1878 at Attenborough and was a general labourer he was the son of Thomas a farm labourer and Hetty Priestley of 60 Station Road, Beeston. His father Thomas was born in 1853 in East Leake, his mother Hetty was also born in 1853 in Barton, Lancashire, in the 1911 census they state that they have been married for 38 yrs and have had 8 children, two of whom had died. Henry married his wife Emma Spowage in Nottingham in 1907, Emma brought a child to the marriage Mabel Spowage born in Nottingham in 1898 In 1911 they lived at 31 Station Road Beeston Nottinghamshire. Emma re married after Henry died to William Stubbs in 1916 and they lived at 68 Station Road Beeston.
26 Jul 1915
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2749882 - CWGC Website
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Private
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private Henry Priestley, enlisted at Nottingham whilst residing at Beeston and served with the 1st Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment, he died of wounds on 26th July 1915 at Netley Hospital. His body was returned to his family and he was buried in Beeston Cemetery on 31st July 1915.
Article published 2nd August 1915 in the Nottingham Daily Express :- “WITH MILITARY HONOURS. “A Sherwood Forester Laid to Rest at Beeston. “The remains of Private H. Priestley, of 26. Stoney-street, Beeston, were laid to rest in the cemetery on Derby-road there on Saturday. [31st July 1915] “Private Priestley, who belonged to the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foredters, fought through the South African war with his brother and together they rejoined their old regiment and went out to serve their country once more in France. He was wounded and succumbed at Netley Hospital last Tuesday, leaving a widow and a family of young children. “The Robin Hoods Depot Unit sent to the funeral their band, a firing party, and bearers, and also a contingent of men to follow the cortege. They were under the command of Lieutenant Miller and Sergeants Rider and Machin. The Beeston Detachment of the Red Cross Society and the St. John Ambulance Brigade also followed, as did the local company of the Citizen Army. Beeston soldiers at home on furlough also joined the procession, and there was also a party of wounded from one of the local hospitals. Several hundred people gathered round the grave, where three volleys were fired and the Last Post sounded. “Captain McGuire and Mr. C. P. Walker (who made the arrangements) were amongst those who were present. The vicar of Beeston (the Rev. W. P. Cole-Sheane) and the Rev. S. W. Gooch performed the obsequies.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • The commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of Henry Edmund Priestley at Beeston Cemetery. 
Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Henry Edmund Priestley - The commonwealth war grave headstone marking the grave of Henry Edmund Priestley at Beeston Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Peter Gillings