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28 Nov 1887
Codnor, Derbyshire
Harry was recorded as 'Henry' on the birth register and 1891 Census. He was the son of Joseph Henry Worley and his wife Mary Jane nee Hayes. His father was born in Codnor on 16 August 1859 and his mother also in Codnor on 9 August 1860. They were married in 1887 (J/A/S Basford) and had four children: Harry b. Codnor 28 October 1887 (birth registered Basford), Ellen b. 16 October 1890, Maud b. Basford 4 October 1891 and Edith b. Bulwell 2 September 1897. In 1891 Joseph (31) a coal miner, his wife and two children Harry (3) and Ellen (1) were living at 5 Leonard Street, Basford. By 1901 the family was living at 85 Bradford Street, Bulwell. Joseph (40) and Mary (39) now had four children: Harry (13) a lace bleach hand, Ellen (11), Maud (9) and Edith (3). Joseph and Mary were still living in Bulwell in 1911, but were now at 77 Turton Street. Only three of their four children were still living at home: Harry (23) a hosiery trimmer, Maud (19) a blouse machinist, and Edith (13). Also in the household was Mary's widowed mother, Charlotte Hayes (75, b. Collingham). The eldest daughter, Ellen, had married in 1910 and was living independently. Harry married Ellen Dabell in 1914 (O/N/D Nottingham) and they had one child, a daughter, Edith May birth registered 1916 (J/F/M Nottingham). The RN record gives Ellen's address as 10 Merchant Street, Bulwell, but the probate record gives Harry's address as 68 Turton Street, Bulwell. Neither Ellen nor her daughter Edith have yet been traced after this date. In 1939 at the time of the England & Wales Register, Harry's parents were recorded living at 78 Linton Street, Nottingham, with their widowed daughter, Maud Minns. Joseph Henry died in December 1943 (O/N/D Nottingham) and Mary Jane, in 1945 (J/A/S Nottingham). Of Harry's sisters: Ellen married Griffin Walters (b. Codnor 26 May 1887) in 1910 (J/A/S Nottingham). In 1911 they were living at 57 Newmarket Road, Bulwell, with their daughter Evelyn Hilda (3 months); Griffin was a coal miner hewer. In 1939 they may have been living at 35 Mundella Road, Meadows, Nottingham; Griffin was now working as a grocers' dealer. Griffin died in 1967 (J/F/M Nottingham) and Ellen died on 26 August 1976; according to the probate record she was then living at 11A Broomhill Road, Bulwell. Maud married Edward E Minns in 1914 (O/N/D Nottingham). Her husband was born in Lambeth, London, and was baptised at Lambeth St Mary on 14 February 1894. Edward and his family were living in Hyson Green by 1911. He died in 1917 (J/F/M Nottingham) aged 24; his widow never remarried. Maud was living with her parents at 78 Linton Street, Nottingham, at the time of the 1939 England & Wales Register; she was employed as a machinist. Maud died on 16 September 1974. Edith married Ernest Allington in 1920 (A/M/J Nottingham). In 1939 they were living at 62 Linton Street, Nottingham; Ernest (b. 17 October 1896) was a collier hewer. Also in the household was their daughter Lilian (b. 3 August 1922), a machinist. Lilian died unmarried on 13 November 1967; she was then living at 90 Stanley Road, Forest Fields. She predeceased her mother, who was awarded probate. Ernest Allington died on 22 July 1955; their home was then at 5 Ragdale Road, Bulwell. Edith died in 1975 (J/A/S Basford).
In 1901 he was a lace bleach hand and in 1911 a hosiery trimmer (furnishing).
25 Mar 1918
30
775188 - CWGC Website
R/2066
Able Seaman
Drake Bn Royal Naval Division
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Harry enlisted in the Territorial Force on 3 December 1915 and formerly served as 225517 Cyclist 1/5th East Yorks Regiment, Cyclist Battalion. He transferred to the RNVR for service in the Royal Naval Division on 16 June 1917. Harry was in the draft for the British Expeditionary Force (France) on 4 July 1917 and joined Drake Bn. on 28 July 1917. Harry died on 25 March 1918; he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 24 April 1918: 'Worley. Killed in action , March 25th, 1918. Harry Worley, Bulwell, aged 30. Into Thy hands, O Lord, I come. From his sorrowing wife and baby.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’, 24 April 1918: 'Worley. Killed in action, March 25th, 1918. Harry Worley, RND, aged 30, only son of Mr and Mrs Worley. Too dearly loved to be forgotten. Sorrowing mother, father, sisters, and brother-in-law.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 25 March 1919: 'Worley. In loving memory of my dear husband, Harry Worley, who was killed in action March 25th, 1918. Ever in our thoughts. From his sorrowing wife and baby.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 25 Match 1919: 'Worley. In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Harry Worley, who was killed in action March 25th, 1918. Memory lingers around the grave of a loved one far away. From loving mother, father, sisters, and brother-in-law.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 25 March 1920: 'Worley. In loving memory of my dear husband, Harry Worley, killed in action March 25th, 1918. Sadly missed. From loving wife and little daughter.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘In Memoriam’, 25 March 1920: 'Worley. In loving memory of our dear son, killed March 25th, 1918. As there dawns another year, thoughts of him are always near. From loving mother, father, sisters, and brother-in-law.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) ‘In Memoriam’ notices from his wife and parents were also published in the Nottingham Evening Post on 26 March 1921 Probate: 'Worley Harry of 68 Turton-street Bulwell Nottingham seaman in RN division died 25 March 1918 at sea. Probate Nottingham 26 July to Ellen Worley widow. Effects £211 9s.' Note: the probate record gives his death taking place 'at sea' but his commemoration on the Arras Memorial indicates otherwise.
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