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Courtesy of The Boots Archive and Heritage Collection. Copies of this image may not be used or transferred to third parties without further permission being obtained from Boots Archives. This memorial does not commemorate local people but is included here first because Boots and its founder have such close historical connections with Nottinghamshire. Secondly it is an intrinsically fine and interesting object worthy of placing on public display. Nottinghamshire Archives holds a copy of Boots 'Comrades in Khaki', a house magazine that was published between April 1915 and May 1916. The magazine has provided details of some of those named on the Boots memorials which commemorate employees across the UK. (Nottinghamshire Archives ref RB38) Sir Jesse Boot wrote an introduction to each edition, this is the one from the final edition April/May 1916: ‘Comrades in Khaki’, April/May 1916. Preface by Sir Jesse Boot. ‘Station Street, Nottingham, 1st May 1916. Men from Boots, It is with no little regret that we announce the discontinuance of this magazine. During many long eventful months its pages have kept us all in close and sympathetic communication with one another. Through it you have cheered us at home and filled us with pride, for your letters have had in them that simple spirit which has given assurance to our hopes, and that quiet restraint in the narration of duty done and dangers braved that has warmed our hears. We, for our part, have striven in return to express, however inadequately, something of the gratitude and admiration in which we hold your service. The magazine chronicles matters that are a present glory and will be an abiding inspiration to the nation, but its pages are more than a record of high events – they form a link of affection, a token of esteem, and a memorial of thankfulness. With reluctance its course is brought to an end, but the situation, both in the paper market and in the labour market, leaves no option, and this is the final issue of the magazine, in its present form, at least. Although circumstances have made it necessary to suspend the publication of the magazine which has served as a messenger between us, our interest in everything relating to you is unaffected, and our solicitude for your welfare is as deep as ever. We shall still long anxiously to hear from you, and we will use the best means at our disposal to communicate with you, and, further we shall wait proudly and patiently for that victorious issue our cause merits, and towards which you are even now so faithfully and successfully striving. Once again, accept our warmest good wishes. Yours faithfully, Jesse Boot and Florence Boot.’

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Names on Memorial

F Adnams - Frank Adnams

E Ash - Enos John Ash

H Carmoody - Henry Thomas Carmoody

T Clift - Thomas John Clift

H B Creasy - Henry Bernard Creasy

E R Dalton - Edward Richard Dalton

B Denny - Albert Edward Denny

AO Donald - Arthur Oliver Donald

J Donovan - J Donovan

J Flee - James Flee

D Gardner - Daniel Alexander Gardner

J Garwood - Alfred Joseph Garwood

G Haynes - G Haynes

A Hutchinson - Albert Young Hutchinson

F H James - Frederick Henry James

J H Lewzey - John Henry Lewzey

H Martin - Horace George Martin

E McCarthy - E McCarthy

A Morrow - Arthur Morrow

A Moxey - Augustus Harry Moxey

R Payne - R Payne

C E Perkins - Charles Edwin Perkins

H G Reeve - H G Reeve

H Rush - Henry Rush

W Stening - William George Stening

S Weller - Sampson William Weller

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  • Judith Wright, Archivist Boots UK, notes, 'The word 'comrades' is unusual – however, during WW1 Boots produced their very first staff magazine, called 'Comrades in Khaki'. It was designed to keep open communication between the business and the men from Boots who were away fighting. It was only produced for a year from April 1915 – April/May 1916 when it had to cease publication due to paper shortages and lack of resources. They are wonderful magazines, full of letters from the men, roll of honour, obituaries, details of activities back home and photographs too. I suspect that there might be some link between the use of the word on the memorial and in the magazine’s title.'
    Courtesy of The Boots Archive and Heritage Collection. Copies of this image may not be used or transferred to third parties without further permission being obtained from Boots Archives. - Judith Wright, Archivist Boots UK, notes, 'The word 'comrades' is unusual – however, during WW1 Boots produced their very first staff magazine, called 'Comrades in Khaki'. It was designed to keep open communication between the business and the men from Boots who were away fighting. It was only produced for a year from April 1915 – April/May 1916 when it had to cease publication due to paper shortages and lack of resources. They are wonderful magazines, full of letters from the men, roll of honour, obituaries, details of activities back home and photographs too. I suspect that there might be some link between the use of the word on the memorial and in the magazine’s title.'