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Quorn WW1 Roll of Honour - Albert Edward Rennocks

Died 3rd October 1918, aged 22
St Quentin, France

Roots in Quorn

The Rennocks were an established Quorn family, with roots going back to the 1700s. Albert and his brother Victor were two of eleven children of Thomas and Harriet Rennocks, who lived at 52 Leicester Road, just a few doors away from the Village Hall.

Albert as a young man
The 1911 census records Albert still living at home and working at Wright’s factory, making elastic garters. In his spare time he was a keen bell ringer, and he was well thought of in the village. During January 1914, before the war, Albert joined the Leicestershire Regiment as a regular soldier.

Killed in action
Albert’s older brother Victor had already died in April 1916 (Artefact 2286), when the news came that Albert had been killed in the aftermath of the battle of St Quentin Canal. This was a battle which turned out to be of vital importance in finally defeating the enemy. His death was reported in the Loughborough Herald on the 17th of October 1918:
“Local Casualties
Mrs Rennocks, Leicester Road, Quorn, has received intelligence that her son, Pte. Albert Ed. Rennocks was killed in action on October 4th. He enlisted in the Leicesters in January 1914. The sad news was conveyed to Mrs Rennocks in a letter written by Pte. Frank Rue, who was a close comrade of the deceased. He enlisted at the same time as Pte Rennocks and previously was a close companion. He says that during the fighting on the day named they were separated, and after the battle he went to find his friend, and was informed that he had been killed by a shell. Previous to enlisting he was employed at the Mountsorrel granite quarries and was 22 years of age. Mrs Rennocks, who is a widow, had already lost one son, who died whilst in training and has now two other sons serving and one son-in-law.”

Tributes to Albert
The family put an obituary in the Loughborough Monitor on 31st October 1918:
“RENNOCKS – In fond loving memory of Pte A E Rennocks, Leicestershire Regt., killed in action Oct 3rd 1918, aged 22 years.
Yes, Dear Boy,
Thou art gone where wars shall cease,
To that bright Home where all is peace.
From his loving Mother, Brothers and Sisters, Arthur and Herbert in France.”

The November 1918 edition of the Quorn Parish Magazine reported deaths since the October edition. These reflected the heavy losses of the ‘final push’:
“The victories of recent weeks have filled us with thankfulness, but we continue to bear our share in the heavy price that has to be paid. Since I wrote last no less than seven men of the village have met their death in the heavy fighting. Their names are:- Albert Henry Bowler, Walter Fletcher, William Hackett, James Howlett, William Hudson, Basil Langrish, Albert Rennocks. They have added to the long list of those who will have earned our lasting gratitude when the day of victory and peace arrives. May they rest in peace until the Resurrection Day. A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, Oct. 27th, at 3.30, followed by a muffled peal, in memory especially of two of the number who were keen ringers, Basil Langrish and Albert Rennocks.”

As a bell ringer, Albert’s fellow ringers were shocked when he was killed. It hit them very hard when they also received news that they had lost another of their members, Basil Langrish, on the same day in a separate action. The boys are commemorated on a plaque which still hangs in the ringing chamber of the bell tower today. See Artefact 2299 ( Basil Langrish) for a picture of the plaque. These two young men both lost their lives little more than a month before the armistice.

Albert’s father Thomas, had died seven months before his son in March 1918, and had been buried in St Bartholomew’s Churchyard. His wife Harriett died in 1933 and was buried in the same plot. An ‘in memoriam’ tribute to Albert on the gravestone reads:
“Also Albert, Their son, Killed in action October 3rd 1918, Aged 22 years R.I.P.”

1) Albert Rennocks.
2) A modern photograph of 52 Leicester Road where the Rennocks family lived and the boys were brought up.
3) In 2014, in order to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of WW1, it was decided to name three new streets in Quorn after some of the young men who were killed the war. This is the sign for Rennocks Close, off Farley Way, named in memory of Albert and his brother Victor.
4) The gravestone of Thomas and Harriet Rennocks in St Bartholomew’s Churchyard with the ‘in memoriam’ tribute to Albert.

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 Submitted on: 2020-01-12
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman with many thanks to John Taylor and Anna Draper
 Artefact ID: 2287
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