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Wartime Quorn

This section contains extracts and accounts relating to Quorn in both world wars. It includes many photographs of Quorn service men and women, information about the American 82nd Airborne Division who were based in Quorn in WW2, transcriptions of names from the war memorial (including when and where they died) ,and many other pieces of interesting information relating to life in Quorn during wartime.

There are also references to the Boer and Crimea wars. As with so many other towns and villages, Quorn had its quota of war heroes and tales of courage, valour and self-sacrifice which should not be forgotten.


 Dedication of Lime Trees, Quorn, May 1952  Dedication of Lime Trees, Quorn, May 1952
In May 1952 Quorn dedicated an avenue of lime trees in Stafford Orchard, planted in ...... cont.
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 Air raid shelter in Quorn  Air raid shelter in Quorn
World War Two started in 1939 and continued for six years. During this time there was ...... cont.
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 Home Guard, including Quorn Platoon, 1942  Home Guard, including Quorn Platoon, 1942
This photograph of the Home Guard was taken in the garden of the Bulls Head (now the ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – January to May 1940  Quorn Parish Magazines – January to May 1940
This file contains five months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. The copies ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – July to December 1939  Quorn Parish Magazines – July to December 1939
This file contains six months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. The copies ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Charles Harold Adams  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Charles Harold Adams
Died 13th May 1915, aged 29 Battle of Frezenberg, Second Battle of Ypres, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Reginald John Backhouse  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Reginald John Backhouse
Died 9th August 1918, aged 31 Rosières, the Somme, France A Canadian ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Harry Bagley  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Harry Bagley
Died 31st May 1917, aged 29, France George Bagley was born on Nursery Lane in ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Frank Bale  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Frank Bale
Died 11th August 1917, aged 34 Ypres, Belgium Born in Quorn in 1883 and ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ernest Bancroft  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ernest Bancroft
Died Sunday 19th December 1915, aged 27 Ypres, Belgium Early years Ernest was ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Charles Ernest Barrett  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Charles Ernest Barrett
Died 9th March 1917, aged 21 Mesopotamia (Iraq) Marrying a Quorn girl Charles ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Edward Arthur Benskin  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Edward Arthur Benskin
Died 25th September 1916, aged 19 Battle of the Somme, Gueudecourt, France Life ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Joseph Frank Brookes Birkin  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Joseph Frank Brookes Birkin
Died 25th September 1915, aged 21 Ypres, Belgium Life before the war Frank ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Alfred Blackshaw  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Alfred Blackshaw
Died 29th June 1915, aged 17 Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey The youngest soldier to ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ernest Harold Bonner  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ernest Harold Bonner
Died 9th September 1917, aged 20 Villers-Faucon, the Somme, France Ernest was ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Henry Bowler  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Henry Bowler
Died 29th September 1918, aged 33 Second Battle of the Somme, St Quentin, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Percy Boyer  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Percy Boyer
Died 3rd May 1918, aged 18 La Bassée Canal, France Percy Boyer was born in ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Louis Brewin  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Louis Brewin
Died 14th July 1917, aged 23 St Leger, the Somme, France Before the ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Walter Brewin  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Walter Brewin
Died 10th August 1918, aged 28 France A difficult start in life Walter was ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Edwin Brown  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Edwin Brown
Died 13th August 1915, aged 27 Hooge, Belgium George was one of five children. ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Henry Burton  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Henry Burton
Died 27th April 1917, aged 22 Loos, France Prior to the war Albert Burton was ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John (Jack) Cawrey  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John (Jack) Cawrey
Died 30th October 1917, aged 40 Passchendaele, Belgium Growing up in ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Cecil Chapman  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Cecil Chapman
Died 21st April 1915, aged 22 Ypres, Belgium Early years Although Chapman is ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Hilary Calvert Clarke  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Hilary Calvert Clarke
Died 31st August 1918, aged 22 Bailleul, France Hilary Calvert Clarke was born ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Henry Clay  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Henry Clay
Died 27th April 1915, aged 20 Vlamertinghe, Belgium Before the war William ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John James Collington  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John James Collington
Died 28th January 1915, aged 28 Estaires, Northern France Pre-war days John ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Walter Daft  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Walter Daft
Died 20th September 1915, aged 29 Ypres, Belgium Walter Daft was the youngest ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - James William Dockray  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - James William Dockray
Died 20th July 1918, aged 19 France The Dockray family moved to Quorn from ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Percy Facer  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Percy Facer
Died 9th April 1918, aged 18 Loos, France A well-known family in Quorn Facer ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Joseph Fewkes  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Joseph Fewkes
Died 26th September 1916, aged 48 The Somme, France A very old Quorn ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Cox Flanders  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Cox Flanders
Died 18th May 1916, aged 20 Mesopotamia, Iraq Family background William Cox ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John (Jack) Peer Flanders  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John (Jack) Peer Flanders
Died 25th September 1916, aged 21 Battle of the Somme, Gueudecourt, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Walter Fletcher  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Walter Fletcher
Died 25th September 1918, aged 34 Sorel-le-Grand, the Somme, France Early ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Edward Gamble  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Edward Gamble
Died 16th August 1917, aged 22 Ypres, Belgium Gamble is a well-known name in ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Walter Albert Gartshore  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Walter Albert Gartshore
Died 1st September 1916, aged 24 Bienvillers, France Family history George ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ernest Grant  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ernest Grant
Died 21st March 1918, aged 31 Bapaume, France Early years The Grant family ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Henry Hackett  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Henry Hackett
Died 18th September 1918, aged 21 Battle of Épehy, the Somme, France Early ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Hallam  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Hallam
Died 22nd October 1914, aged 29 Rue du Bois, France The first to die The ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Matthew Henry Hickling  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Matthew Henry Hickling
Died 13th May 1915, aged 21 Battle of Frezenberg, Second Battle of Ypres, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - James Martin Hollingsworth  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - James Martin Hollingsworth
Died 5th October 1916, aged 28 The Somme, France James was born in Quorn in ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - James Howlett  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - James Howlett
Died 5th October 1918, aged 33 Bellenglise, France Family history James ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Harry Hubbard  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Harry Hubbard
Died 12th April 1916, aged 32 Poperinge, Belgium Before the war Henry ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Hudson  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Hudson
Died 3rd October 1918, aged 29 Bellenglise, France Early years William was ...... cont.
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 WW1 Roll of Honour - James Hutton  WW1 Roll of Honour - James Hutton
Died 6th October 1917, aged 25 France James Hutton was born in Quorn and was ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Thomas Hutton  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Thomas Hutton
Died 26th September 1917, aged 35 Zonnebeke, Belgium Thomas Hutton was the ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John Newton Jacques  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John Newton Jacques
Died 27th September 1917, aged 25 Zonnebeke, Belgium A tough start in life At ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Frank Joiner  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Frank Joiner
Died 8th July 1917, aged 22 Metz, France A childhood in Quorn Frank ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Jones  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Jones
Died 4th October 1917, aged 19 Broodseinde, Ypres, Belgium William and Mary ...... cont.
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 WW1 Roll of Honour - Edward Basil Langrish  WW1 Roll of Honour - Edward Basil Langrish
Died 3rd October 1918, aged 19 Grévillers, Bapaume, Second Battle of the Somme, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Ernest Lee  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Ernest Lee
Died 13th November 1916, aged 22 Hebuterne, France A hard start in life and moving ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Harold Lockwood  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Harold Lockwood
Died 3rd October 1918, aged 20 Bellenglise, France Early days Sarah Wilders, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Lovett  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Lovett
Died 25th September 1916, aged 30 Gueudecourt, the Somme, France An old Quorn ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John Jesson Lucas  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John Jesson Lucas
Died 13th May 1915, aged 20 Battle of Frezenberg, Second Battle of Ypres, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Samuel William Martin  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Samuel William Martin
Died 28th May 1915, aged 25 North West of Festubert, Pas de Calais, France Early ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Daniel and William Moore  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Daniel and William Moore
Died 13th May 1915, aged 25 and 23 Battle of Frezenberg, Second Battle of Ypres, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Hubert Mason Moore  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Hubert Mason Moore
Died 5th September 1918, aged 24 Gavrelle, Arras, France The Moore family on ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Charley Ottey  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Charley Ottey
Died 30th July 1916, aged 18 Wounded in France, died in a military hospital in ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Gabriel King Peirce  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William Gabriel King Peirce
Died 26th October 1914, aged 39 Festubert, Western Front, France William ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John Henry Pick  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John Henry Pick
25th September 1917, aged 26 Marquise Quarry, France Roots in ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Pollard  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Pollard
Died 21st June 1917, aged 23 Lens, France Early years The Pollard family ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Edward Rennocks  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Edward Rennocks
Died 3rd October 1918, aged 22 St Quentin, France Roots in Quorn The Rennocks ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Victor Rennocks  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Victor Rennocks
Died 23rd April 1916, aged 26 Hinckley Hospital Family background The ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Bertie James Shenton  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Bertie James Shenton
Died 3rd August 1916, aged 19 Ovillers near Albert, France Early years Bertie ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Jack Shephard  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Jack Shephard
Died 18th July 1917, aged 43 Mesopotamia, Iraq Growing up in Quorn The 1881 ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Fred Squires  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Fred Squires
Died 3rd December 1915, aged 32 Lemnos Island, Greece Frederick Charles ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William John Steer  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - William John Steer
Died 13th May 1915, aged 28 Battle of Frezenberg, Second Battle of Ypres, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Silas Stevenson  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Silas Stevenson
Died 15th September 1916, aged 28 The Somme, France Silas Stevenson was born ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Alfred Hall Taylor  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Alfred Hall Taylor
Died 30th October 1914, aged 30 First Battle of Ypres, Belgium Life prior to the ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Laurence Wakeling  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Laurence Wakeling
Died 12th July 1917, aged 33 Coxyde, Belgium Laurence Wakeling was the son of ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ernest William Ward  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ernest William Ward
Died 27th October 1914, aged 24 Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, French Flanders A ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Harry Webster  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Harry Webster
Died 26th November 1914, aged 37 Sheerness, Kent Early years in Quorn There ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Frank Cuthbert White  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Frank Cuthbert White
Died 13th May 1915, aged 20 Battle of Frezenberg, Second Battle of Ypres, ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Charles Kirbell White  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Charles Kirbell White
Died 1st September 1918, aged 33 Beaulencourt, France Charles’ ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Sydney Francis Whysall  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Sydney Francis Whysall
Died 26th March 1918, aged 32 Gailly, the Somme, France Early years The ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John Willday  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - John Willday
Died 4th January 1919, aged 31, buried in Quorn Churchyard. Died of wounds received ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Henry James Williams  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Henry James Williams
Died 26th December 1914, aged 26 Aldershot, England Prior to the war Henry ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Wood  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - George Wood
Died 9th October 1917, aged 19 Mendinghem, Belgium Born into poverty in ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Arthur Wilfred Woodforth  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Arthur Wilfred Woodforth
Died 7th April 1918, aged 20 Wesel, Germany Prior to the war Arthur Wilfred ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Henry Wright  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Henry Wright
Died 14th July 1916, aged 24 The Somme, France A difficult start in ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Harold Wright  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Harold Wright
Died 14th September 1915, aged 33 In hospital in London from wounds sustained in the ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ezra Wykes  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Ezra Wykes
Died 4th December 1917, aged 29 Died of wounds, the Somme, France The 1901 ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Fred Wykes  Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Fred Wykes
Died 21st April 1916, aged 24 Hooge, Ypres, Belgium Roots in Quorn Fred Wykes ...... cont.
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 Quorn Rawlins Grammar School WW1 Memorial Shield  Quorn Rawlins Grammar School WW1 Memorial Shield
This shield was presented to Rawlins Grammar School by George and Mary White from Quorn, ...... cont.
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 Quorn Rawlins Grammar School, Old Quornians Roll of Honour  Quorn Rawlins Grammar School, Old Quornians Roll of Honour
There are three rolls of honour hanging in Rawlins school. The most recent of these ...... cont.
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 Quorn Rawlins Grammar School, WW1 Roll of Honour  Quorn Rawlins Grammar School, WW1 Roll of Honour
There are three rolls of honour hanging in Rawlins school. The second oldest of these ...... cont.
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 Quorn Rawlins Grammar School, Boer War Roll of Honour  Quorn Rawlins Grammar School, Boer War Roll of Honour
There are three rolls of honour hanging in Rawlins school. The oldest of these ...... cont.
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 Quorn Scouts in WW1  Quorn Scouts in WW1
The first Scout troop in Quorn is recorded in 1912, just two years before WW1 started. ...... cont.
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 Triptych War Memorial in Quorn St Bartholomew’s Church  Triptych War Memorial in Quorn St Bartholomew’s Church
After the WW1 armistice, a permanent memorial to those who died was commissioned for the ...... cont.
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 WW1 Armistice in Quorn – Newspaper report  WW1 Armistice in Quorn – Newspaper report
Loughborough Echo 15th November 1918 Shortly after 11 o’clock on Monday morning the ...... cont.
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 Quorn War Memorial, 1920s  Quorn War Memorial, 1920s
Quorn war memorial was unveiled in 1921 and this photograph was taken very shortly ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Casualties – Analysed by street  Quorn WW1 Casualties – Analysed by street
There was not one street in Quorn that did not suffer in some way because of the war. ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Casualties – Comparison with local villages  Quorn WW1 Casualties – Comparison with local villages
The graphs below show numbers of Quorn lives lost in WW1, compared to those lost in some ...... cont.
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 Quorn WW1 Statistics – Casualties throughout the war  Quorn WW1 Statistics – Casualties throughout the war
The pattern of war deaths of Quorn men was not spread evenly throughout the war, or ...... cont.
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 Quorn Home Guard, Loughborough Road, 1942  Quorn Home Guard, Loughborough Road, 1942
The older photograph was taken in October 1942. The three men belong to Quorn Home Guard ...... cont.
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 Quorn Home Guard 1942  Quorn Home Guard 1942
The Home Guard were originally known as the LDV (Local Defence Volunteers) and were ...... cont.
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 Quorn and the Spanish flu epidemic  Quorn and the Spanish flu epidemic
The worldwide ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic of 1918 hit the UK in waves and it is estimated that ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1918  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 4, October to December, 1918
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1918  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 3, July to September, 1918
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1918  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 2, April to June, 1918
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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 Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1918  Quorn Parish Magazines – Quarter 1, January to March, 1918
This file contains three months of St Bartholomew's Church parish magazines. They were ...... cont.
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