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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times on 9th November 1917 following the death of Stanley Adwick
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Retford
Stanley was born in 1890 in Retford , he was the son of Thomas Adwick and Fanny Adwick and husband of Agnes Pagdin (formerly Adwick) of 31, Moorgate, Retford, Notts.In 1881 Stanley’s parents were living at 128 Grammar Street, Nether Hallam, Yorkshire. Thomas (Stanley’s father) was 28 years of age (born Worksop) and was recorded as a tailor. Fanny (his mother) was 21 and was born in Retford (nee Tate). The 1901 census has Stanley aged 10 living at Pennington Gardens, Retford with his parents and 6 brothers and sisters. Before joining up he served his apprenticeship with Mr George Tallents a butcher at Carolgate Bridge, Retford. At the 1911 census of Worksop he was working as a butcher at 167, Kilton Road, Worksop. In 1915 he married Agnes Bell in Retford
08 Oct 1917
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Private
Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
He joined the Nottinghamshire Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry on 5th Oct 1914 and served with the regiment in Egypt and Salonika. He was invalided home from Greece and after recovery re joined his unit and was sent out with a draft to France on Christmas Eve 1916. He was invalided home with Malaria and was in hospital in Birmingham & Nottingham spending a period of convalescence in Somerset. On 26 Sept 1917 he returned to France as part of the Machine Gun Corps (112th Company) and has only been at the front a fortnight when he was mortally wounded. Reports of his death vary. A friend, Pte D Croft, late an employee of the Cooperative Store in a letter to his parents stated that Stanley was struck in the head by shrapnel and died on his way to the dressing station. This account differs to the one given in a letter from his commanding officer. He said “ I was not actually with your son when he was killed but I have been able to get particulars of his death. His officer, sergeant corporal and several other men were killed just about the same time as your son, and I went up to take the place of the officer and to take up reinforcements. Your son was carrying the tripod mounting of the gun when a shell burst very close to him and killed him instantly and when his comrades saw that nothing could be done for him left him and ran for shelter from the very heavy shelling. It occurred in the darkness and when I got along the following day I realised it would be sending men to their death to try and fetch your son in as no one knew exactly where he was and the shelling was very, very heavy …… he died painlessly and instantaneously whilst doing his duty under very heavy fire. He had only been with the company a short time but had proved himself a thoroughly reliable man, and had been made leading gunner” He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Information on Stanley Adwick has been provided courtesy of Alan Laurie
Pte Stanley Adwick Retford Times 9th November 1917 Three years service We recorded last week the death in action on Oct 8th of Pte Stanley Adwick M.G.C eldest son of mr Thomas Adwick , Bridgegate, Retford. Aged 25 years, he served his apprenticeship with Mr Geo Baines, butcher, Carolgate bridge, and was afterwards at Sheffield. he joined on Oct 5th 1914, the Notts Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, and served with the regiment in Egypt and Salonika. he was invalided home from Greece, and after recovery joined his unit at Aldershot. here with other yeomen, he was transferred to the Sherwood Foresters (Robin Hoods) and was sent out with a draft to France on Christmas eve 1916. He was invalided home again with malaria in April last, and was in hospital at Birmingham and Nottingham, spending a period in convalescence in Somerset. Then on Sept 26th last Pte Adwick made a second journey to France and was put into the machine Gun Corps. He had only been at the front about a fortnight when he was mortally wounded. A pal Pte D Croft , late of the Co-Operative stores in a letter to his parents in Wright Wilson Street, stated that Pte Adwick was struck in the head by shrapnel, and died on his way to the dressing station. Much sympathy is felt for Mr Adwick and family in their great bereavement. Pte Stanley Adwick Retford Times 16th November 1917 The late Private Adwick Retford With reference to the death reported in our last issue of Pte Stanley Adwick, Machine Gun Corps, son of Mr T Adwick 41, Bridgegate Retford, a letter has been received from the deceased's officer :- " I was not actually with your son " writes Lieut Darrant " when he was killed , but I have been able to get some particulars of his death. His officer, sergeant and corporal, and several men of the gun team were all killed just about the same time as your son, and I went up to take the place of the officer and to take up reinforcements. Your son was carrying the tripod mounting of the gun when a shell burst very close to him, and killed him instantly, and when his comrades saw that nothing could be done for him, they left him and ran for shelter from the very heavy shelling. It occurred in the darkness, and when I got along the following day I realised that it would be sending men to their own death to try and fetch your son in, as no one knew exactly where he was, and the shelling all over the district was very, very heavy. Please accept my deepest sympathy with you in your terrible loss, but it may be some small consolation to you to know that he died painlessly and instantaneously while doing his duty under very heavy fire. he had only been with the company quite a short time, but he had proved himself a thoroughly reliable man and had been made a leading gunner." At the United Methodist Church on Sunday the preacher, Rev W Robinson made suitable reference to the death of Pte Adwick, and extended the sympathy of the friends to the father and members of the family in their bereavement.
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  • This photo was first published in the Retford Times on 9th November 1917 following the death of Stanley Adwick
    Stanley Adwick - This photo was first published in the Retford Times on 9th November 1917 following the death of Stanley Adwick
  • Photo shows Stanley Adwick's name commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, courtesy of Alan Laurie
    Stanley Adwick - memorial - Photo shows Stanley Adwick's name commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial, courtesy of Alan Laurie
  •  Photo shows the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium upon which Stanley Adwick's name is commemorated.
 Photo courtesy of CWGC
    Stanley Adwick - Tyne Cot memorial - Photo shows the Tyne Cot memorial, Belgium upon which Stanley Adwick's name is commemorated. Photo courtesy of CWGC