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Born 4th Quarter 1894 in Nottingham, was the only son of Jim and Florrie Renshaw, Nottingham, and husband of Ethel Millicent Parier (formerly Renshaw), of 8 Rose Street, Dame Agnes Street, St. Ann's Well Road, Nottingham. On 1901 Census he is living with his parents James and Florence and maternal grandmother, Susannah Ross, at 30 Norton Street, Radford. James Renshaw is listed as a lace draughtsman On 1911 Census he is living with his parents James and Florence and maternal grandmother, Susannah Ross at 30 Norton Street, Radford. Harold is listed as lace warehouseman and James is listed as gas meter inspector. Married Ethel Millicent Daft 2nd Quarter 1916. She later remarried (Parier).
Prior to enlisting, Harold worked as a labourer at the gas company.
24 Sep 1916
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At the time of his death, Harold lived at 3 Chancery Place, Broad Marsh
Depot Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Harold appears to have only recently begun his training when he was killed and may well have been conscripted early in 1916 According to Register of Soldiers Effects he was based at 1st Battalion (Depot) Notts and Derbys. and had served such a short time that he was ineligible for a War Gratuity payment. He is buried in the Church(Rock) Cemetery in Nottingham
Inscription on gravestone in Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery: 'In loving memory of Harold William the beloved and only son of James and Florence Renshaw and dearly beloved husband of Ethel Millicent Renshaw who was suddenly called to rest September 24th 1918 aged 21 years.’ Harold Renshaw was one of three fatalities when Zeppelin L17, commanded by Kapitanleutnant Hermann Kraushaar, bombed Nottingham on 24th September 1916. An incendiary bomb came through his roof and landed on him whilst he was in bed. This set fire to his clothing, causing extensive burns. He died the same day at the General Hospital. His wife, who was in bed next to him, was totally uninjured. His death certificate gives his cause of death as 'Burns by incendiary bomb dropped from an enemy airship and thereby murdered by some person or persons unknown.' In memoriam published 24th September 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “RENSHAW. – In fond remembrance of Harold W. Renshaw, who was suddenly called to rest September 24th, 1916. A day of remembrance sad to recall. From Millie and loving mother-in-law. “RENSHAW. – In loving memory of our dear son, Harold William, who was killed in an air raid September 24th, 1916, aged 21 years. Oh why was he taken so young and fair, from mother and father who loved him so dear; hard was the blow that compelled us to part, from one so loving and dear to our hears. – From his sorrowing mother and father.” Above are courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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