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Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John Henry Pick

25th September 1917, aged 26
Marquise Quarry, France

Roots in Mountsorrel

John was born in Mountsorrel, the youngest of eight surviving children of George and Emma Pick. The family lived at Mountsorrel North End, so it was natural that when John left school, he went to work at Mountsorrel Quarry.

Marriage, quarrying and war service
On 18th September 1915 John married Ada Bagley in St Bartholomew’s Church. Ada had been born in Quorn and brought up on Wood Lane, although when she met John, she was living with her family at 1 Church Lane (now demolished).

At the time of his marriage, John’s occupation was given as a ‘locomotive guard’, but before long the war beckoned and he joined the Royal Engineers as part of the 198th Quarrying Company, alongside many others who had also worked at Mountsorrel Quarry. The men would be quarrying stone to fulfil the never-ending demand for ballast, for military roads and tracks.

The young couple started their life together living on Church Lane with Ada’s parents and Ada’s sister Florence, who a year earlier had married her sweetheart, Ernest Grant. The two sisters could share their worries and were company for each other when their men were away.

John is killed in a bombing raid
Only two years after marrying Ada and at the age of 26, John was killed when the quarry he was working at near Calais was bombed. Ada was comforted by her younger sister Florence, who by now had two children and was living in Loughborough. Six months later, the roles were reversed when Florence’s husband Ernest also lost his life.

A year after John was killed, Ada placed an ‘In Memoriam’ notice in the Loughborough Echo:
“PICK – In loving memory of my dear husband, Sapper J H Pick, Royal Engineers, killed September 25th, 1917.
When alone in my sorrow, and bitter tears flow,
There stealeth a dream of sweet long ago,
Unknown to the world he stands by my side,
And whispers ‘dear wife, death cannot divide’
From his sorrowing wife, Ada”

Besides being commemorated on the Quorn War Memorial, John’s name also appears on Mountsorrel War Memorial. He is buried in the British Cemetery at Sangatte near Calais.

Ada and John didn’t have any children. In May 1922 Ada remarried. Her new husband, Henry Yeomans (known as Harry), was also from Quorn and the couple lived on Leicester Road in the village for all their married lives. Ada died two years after Harry in 1970 aged 80.

1) John and Ada’s marriage certificate.
2) Ada Bagley around the time of her marriage to John Pick.
3) John’s grave in France.
4) This photograph of Ada and Harry (a small photograph and part enlargement) was taken in December 1960 during a period of floods in Quorn. It shows them upstairs in their home on Leicester Road, which was opposite the entrance to Hall Leys.

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Please email us at: team2020@quornmuseum.com
 Submitted on: 2020-01-12
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman with many thanks to Simon Slingsby
 Artefact ID: 2289
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