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Whitwell, Derbyshire
Harry Bottom was the second child and only son of Daniel and Kate Augusta Bottom (née Flint). Daniel Bottom had been a professional cricketer playing for Derbyshire between 1891 and 1901 and for Nottinghamshire in 1899. The couple lived in Daniels birth village of Whitwell, Derbys at the start of their marriage (4th Oct 1888) and had three children there, Elizabeth 1890, Harry 1896 and Catherine in 1894, The family moved to Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts by 1901 where Daniel was the landlord of the Greyhound public house. Harry attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School from January 1908 to March 1910, and in 1911 was working as a clerk in a cotton spinning mill. His father was still the licenced victualler of the Greyhound Pub being assisted by his wife and daughters, Elizabeth and Catherine.
employed in the office of Messrs. Hollins, Pleasley Works.”
08 May 1918
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30th Coy Machine Gun Corps
According to his SDGW record he was resident at Cuckney. (The address of his mother, in her 1926 will, is the Greendale Oak, Cuckney). Harry enlisted in Mansfield as Regimental no. 3781, in the Notts and Derby Regiment before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps. He was killed in action and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Article published 31st May 1918 in the Mansfield Reporter and Sutton Times :- “PRIVATE H. BOTTOM KILLED. “We regret to announce the death, in action, of Private Harry Bottom, 8th Sherwoods, son of Mr. Dan Bottom, landlord of the Greendale Oak Inn, Cuckney, and well-known in cricket circles. Bottom enlisted in May, 1915, and after service in the Sherwood Foresters, he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He saw a great deal of fighting, taking part in most of the big battles. On the 16th of May [sic] he met his death. He was an old Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School boy, and prior to joining the army was employed in the office of Messrs. Hollins, Pleasley Works.” Above article is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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