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John was born in 1886 in Nottingham and was the son of John Henry and Kate Brough née Lawson of 22 Enoch Terrace Peas Hill Road St Ann's Nottingham. His father John Henry was born in 1855 in Sneinton , his mother Kate Lawson was born in 1856 also in Sneinton. Theye were married in Nottingham in 1875 and went on to have 11 children, sadly three of whom died in infancy or early childhood, their surviving children were Sarah b1876, Florence b1879, Robert b1880, Joseph b1884, John b1886, Kate b1888, Harriett b1891 and May b1889 all the children were born in Sneinton. John married his wife Albina Smedley on 16th October 1910 in Nottingham, they went on to have son Ernest Arthur Brough born 19th September 1912 in Nottingham, they lived at 11 Guys Terrace, Bluebell Hill, Nottingham. In the 1911 census his parents are living at 22 Enoch Terrace, Thomas Street, Nottingham and are shown as John Henry 56 yrs a platerers labourer , he is living with his wife Kate 55 yrs and three of their children , Kate 23 yrs a lace maker, Harriett 18 yrs a lace jennier and May 11 yrs In the 1911 census John and his wife Albina were living at 11 Guys Terrace Blue Bell Hill Road St Ann's Nottingham John is 25 yrs and a carter at a railway company and his wife Albina is 21 yrs and a blouse machinist.
He was a railway company carter.
05 Mar 1916
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7th Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
Private John Brough, enlisted in Nottingham and served with “B” Company, 7th Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers. He landed in France on 24th December 1915 and he was killed through the accidental explosion of a bomb on 5th March 1916. They had just entered the front line in snow and the condition of the trenches was said to be bad. He is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery grave reference 1. E. 30.
Obituaries published in the Nottingham Evening Post dated 20th March 1916 : - “BROUGH. – Died March 5th, Pte. John Brough, K.O.S.B., from wounds (accidental explosion of bomb), the dearly loved husband of Albina Brough, 11 Elm-grove, Blue Bell-hill. Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. – Sadly missed by his sorrowing wife and sonnie. “BROUGH. – Died March 5th, Pte. John Brough, K.O.S.B., from wounds, the dearly loved son of Kate and John Brough. Not my will, but thine O Lord. – Sadly missed by his sorrowing mother, father, sisters, and brothers Joe and Albert (in France).” Above obituaries courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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