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Clayworth, Retford
A local couple to Clayworth and area, Hindley Hird and Louisa Harriet Chambers married in 1893. Hindley was a road worker for the local County Council. They had eight children born in Clayworth, William Henry born 1895, John Hnidley 1896, Frank 1898, George 1900, Benjamin 1904, Arthur 1907, Ivy born in 1909 and Robert born 1913. By 1911, the two eldest boys were working, John Hindley Hird as a 14 year old farm worker and William Henry Hird, who was now living away from home, at age 16 was employed as a cowman on Joseph Denman’s farm and resident in the Castle Inn at Torksey. Hindley Hird, their father, died in 1914 at the age of 41 so did not live to see the outcome of his two eldest sons who fought in the oncoming war. Their mother Louisa, re-married in 1918 to Joseph Hunter at Retford.
29 Jan 1915
47150 - CWGC Website
1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
John Hindley Hird signed on to the army Special Reserve in the Notts and Derby Regiment. He was attested on the 1st May 1914 (before war was declared) at Retford for a period of six years. He was mobilised two days after war was declared on 6th August 1914 and sent to France on 17th December 1914. He was wounded with gunshot wounds to the spine of which he died and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. He had served just 275 days.
CWG additional information:- Son of Hindley and Harriett Louisa Hird, of Clayworth, Retford, Notts. John's brother, William Henry, died on 24th June 1915 and is buried in France. Research by Colin Dannatt
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