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John William Greenwood was the son of John Weston Greenwood, a telephone wireman, and Harriett Greenwood (née Else). His father was born in 1868 in Moreton, Lincolnshire and his mother 1869 at Thringstone, Leicestershire. They were married in 1891 in Nottingham and as well as their son had a daughter Alice Elizabeth who was born in Lenton in 1899. In 1911 the family was living at 4 Marlborough Street, Dunkirk. At the time of his death John was engaged to Edith (Edie).
He was an employee of A Martin Savoy Stores, Exchange Walk, Nottingham
21 Mar 1918
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130th Heavy Bty Royal Garrison Artillery
130th Heavy Bty Royal Garrison Artillery John William Greenwood enlisted in Nottingham on 3rd February 1916 and placed into the Reserves the following day. He was mobilised on 3rd July 1916 and posted to the Royal Garrison Artillery Depot. He embarked from Southampton on 21st January 1917, disembarking the following day at Le Harve. On 10th September 1917 he received a gun shot wound to his scalp (described as 'mild') for which he was treated at the 22nd General Hospital. John William was posted to the 130th Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery on 13th November 1917. He was killed in action at St Quentin on 21st March 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial Panel 10.
Nottingham Evening Post notice, Monday 22 April 1918. ‘GREENWOOD. Killed in action, March 21st 1918 Gunner John William Greenwood RGA, aged 26, only son of Mr and Mrs Greenwood of 4 Marlborough Street, Dunkirk. His life he has most nobly and gloriously sacrificed for freedom and justice. Too dearly loved to be forgotten. From his sorrowing father, mother, sister and fiancée Edie, and Uncle Tom with the colours.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged), 16 April 1918. 'GREENWOOD, killed in action March 21st 1918, Gunner John Greenwood, RGA, Marlborough Street, Dunkirk. Faithful employee of A Martin, Savoy Stores, Exchange Walk.' 'In Memoriam' notices published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 21st March 1919:- “GREENWOOD. – In kind remembrance of Gunner John Greenwood, Royal Garrison Artillery, killed in action March 21st, 1918. A brave lad, never forgotten by the staff Savoy Café, Nottingham. “GREENWOOD. – In loving memory of our dear son, Gnr. J. W. Greenwood, of 4 Marlborough-street, Dunkirk, killed in action at St. Quentin March 21st, 1918. As time goes on we miss him more. – From his sorrowing mother, father, and sister Alice, and fiancée Edith. R.I.P.” Above two notices courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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