Palterton War Memorial

To honour before God and Man all who gave their lives in both World Wars and they loved not their lives unto death.

(Revelation chapter 12 verse 11)


Opening of the War Memorial at Palterton 1926.


Mrs Biss, wife of the Scarcliffe Vicar, is in the centre with Cuthbert, their son.  Mr. Yeomans, the Head teacher Scarcliffe school is at the front right with his son Ernest.  This photograph was taken at the unveiling of the Palterton War Memorial on Sunday, 23 August 1925.

Lt. Col. F.M.Dick.,M.C., T.D., commanding the 6th. Batt. Sherwood Foresters, on Sunday afternoon, unveiled a memorial to the twelve men of Palterton, who fell in the Great War.  The memorial consists of a gray (sic) granite obelisk, and the names of the fallen inscribed on the base of the memorial are :
G. Wilson, C. Middleton, F. Wilcockson, W. Shaw, H. Townsend, H. Machin, B. Hallett, T. Nuttall, A. Chappell,
G. Richards, C. Hallett and A. Heald
, of whom it is recorded "And they loved not their lives unto the death."

The Bolsover Colliery Silver Prize Band was in attendance, and, playing the Dead March in Saul, headed a procession of ex-service men, members of the War Memorial Committee and Sunday School scholars.  The memorial was dedicated by the Vicar of Scarcliffe, the Rev. S. Biss, and at the conclusion of the ceremony the Last Post and Reveille were sounded bu Buglers from the 6th. Batt. Sherwood Foresters.
Source: Nottingham Evening Post, Monday 24 August 1925.

Copy, blurred but readable of a similar article re the opening ceremony in the Derbyshire Times dated 29 August 1925.



Memorial Unveiled at Palterton

Few vilagers more willingly responded to their country's call in the Great War than Palterton and the feelings of pride and sorrow when the long drawn out struggle evoked were much in evidence on Sunday afternoon, when a memorial to the twelve men of the village who made the supreme sacrifice was unveiled by Lt. Col. F.M.Dick.,M.C., T.D.
Executed by Messrs H. Borrowdale (?) and Son, Worksop and erected in the grounds of the Mission Church, the memorial consists of obelisk of grey granite on the face of which is carved a laurel wreath. The base of the memorial bears the indcription :

"1914 - 1918 To Honour before God all those men who gave their lives in the Great War"

G. Wilson, C. Middleton, H. Wilcockson, W. Shaw, H. Townsend, H. Machin, B. Hallett, T. Nuttall, A. Chappell,
G. Richards, C.Hallett, A. Heald.

And they loved not their lives unto death.

Palterton sent to the Colours no fewer than seventy men, a large contingent of whom, under ex-Corporal J. Machin joined in a procession headed by the Bolsover Silver Prize BandP.C. Bamford acted as marshal and accompanying the ex-servicemen were the members of the Memorial Committee and the children of the Sunday schools in the village.
To the solemn strains of the "Dead Sea March" in "Saul" the procession proceeded to the Memorial where an impressive service began with the singing "To God our help in ages past"
Lt. Col. F.M.Dick who was accompanied by Captain R.O.Nevitt Adjutant of the 6th. Battn. Sherwood Foresters said they had given him the honour of unveiling their Memorial to the men of Palterton who fell in the Great War.  It was a privilege he deeply appreciated.  Some of them would feel that he was unveiling a memorial to fathers, husbands, brothers and sons.  To him and many others present it was a memorial to comrades in the Great War.  Nine of the men whose names appeared on the monument were Foresters.  These names might also be found on the memorial at Crich and in two books, one of which was kept at Derby and the other in Nottingham Castle.  Nowhere, however, were the names of the fallen more sincerely or with more love and pride than in villages like Palterton.

"What was the Memorial going to represent"? asked the speaker.  As the present generation passed away was it going to be regarded as merely a stone?  He thought not. It might fill the hearts of those present with sorrow but he thought they would have discovered that there was no joy without sorrow.  When they looked upon that memorial there might be sorrow in their hearts, but pride would have a place as they remembered how the men of Palterton responded to their country's call.  The memorial would also remind future generations that no cause could be backed up without sacrifice.  Speaking of the sacrifice the memorial represented one was tempted to ask why it was always the best and noblest that had to die.  The answer to that question could be found in considering the one great sacrifice to save the world.  The Monument would stand from generation to generation proclaiming how the men and women of Palterton responded to their country's call and it would always carry the names of the men who made the supreme sacrifice.
After the hymn "Nearer my God to thee" had been sung, the memorial was impressively dedicated by the Vicar of Scarcliffe, the Rev. S. Biss.  Then the hymn "Lead kindly light" then the haunting strains of the "Last Post" and "Reveille" and the ceremony concluded with the National Anthem.

The buglars who were under Sergt. Drummer Hopkinson and were drawn from the 6th. Battn. Sherwood Foresters, were Lance-Corpl. Falconer, Drummer Bestwick, Drummer Phillips and Drummer Major.  The Bolsover Colliery Silver Prize Band was conducted by Mr.W.Foster and the singing was led by the choir of the Scarcliffe Parish Church.  A number of wreaths including tributes from the relatives of the fallen, were placed on the Memorial.

The cost of the Memorial was about £70 and the committe responsible for its erection consists of :
Messrs. W.Churn (Chairman), M.Wale, G.Wright, E.Robbins, J.T.Chappell, J.PembletonH.Haslam (?), J.Maude, G.Wragg, F.Clifton, W.Boddy and W.Middleton with Mr.W.H.Bradshaw as secretary.  Messrs Bradshaw and Godber have been appointed trustees.

The plaque that is now attached to the Palterton War Memorial is not the original plaque, it is a replacement.  The original wording was individual lettering made of thin lead (metal) on the stone memorial whereas the present plaque is a detachable modern one, circa 1960s.  I remember from around the late 1940's the original wording had a few initials missing, having been "lost" over the years.


Image of the replaced plaque on the Palterton War Memorial.

The following soldiers, referred to above, who gave their lives during the two world wars, are commemorated at this location.

George Thomas Nuttall.
Private George Thomas Nuttall.  Army number 18229.  1st. Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts. and Derbys. Regiment:)  Enlisted at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
Palterton is mourning the death of a gallant soldier Private George Thomas Nuttall, who fell on Tuesday, 31 July 1917 aged 42 years.  Private Nuttall was formerly a well-known figure in local sporting circles and will be mourned throughout a wide district.  In his younger days, he played football for the now defunct Bolsover White Rose F.C. but he was also a capable cricketer and at various times was connected with clubs in the neighbourhood of his home.
Private Nuttall lived at Palterton for 27 years and for 16 years worked as a miner at Glapwell Colliery.  He donned khaki on 28 October 1914 and in February 1915 was sent to France.  He leaves a widow and five children, who live at Crow Hill, Palterton.
Source: Derbyshire Times, dated 15 September 1917.  page 8.  Col. 2.

Private G.T.Nuttall is remembered with honours on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.  Panel 39 and 41.

George Thomas Nuttall and his wife Matilda, appear on the 1911 census dated 2 April, where he stated he was aged 36 years and born at Heath, Derbyshire.  He was married with 5 children, all of whom were born in Palterton.  Two other children having died.
For many years relatives of George Thomas Nuttall have placed a wreath on the Palterton War Memorial with a card reading:  From: Grandson, Victor Thomas Nuttall, Brodsworth, Doncaster and his family.  This latter mentioned three generation family own a Garden Center near their home.

Recent casualty lists contain the names of Private J. Pembleton and A. Heald of Palterton, both of whom have been wounded in action.  Private Pembleton has been injured in the hand with a piece of shrapnel, but fortunately is making favourable progress and again expects to take his place in the trenches in the near future.
In pre-war days he worked at Glapwell Colliery and his wife lives in Sprays Cottages, Palterton.  He joined up on
2 November 1914.
Source : Derbyshire Times, (1 September 1917.  page 8.  Col.1.)

Private A. Heald is in hospital in France suffering from wounds in the hand and knee.  With several of his comrades, one of whom has since "gone west", he was injured by a shell, which fell in the trench and exploded with terrifying effect.

In a letter to his mother Mrs Harrison, Palterton, he writes:  "I was lucky to escape as I did.  I shall never forget the experience as long as I live.  We were holding a piece of advanced trench when old "Fritz" shelled us off and on throughout the night.  I and several of my pals were hit about 4.a.m. but I remember little except that I moved about and shouted for help.  I thought at first I should get to "Blighty", but I fear I shall have to remain in France, though I shall be out of the line for some time".

Private Heald's trying experiences in the firing line have been overshadowed by a domestic bereavement.  He has lost his wife and eldest child since he went to France two years ago and three of his surviving children are now in Dr. Barnardo's Homes awaiting the return of their father from the war.  Private Heald was one of the first Palterton men to respond to the call of arms.

Private A. Heald  Army number 18263 of the 9th. Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts. and Derbys. Regt.) died on Monday, 4 November 1918, aged 36 years.  He was the son of Mrs Harriet Harrison of Palterton.  He is remembered with honour in the Sebourg British Cemetery, Nord, France.  Grave number A.31.

Note: On the 1891 census dated 5 April at Palterton, an Arthur Heald aged 2 years was living with his grandparents, John and Ann Heald.  There was also a William Heald, son of John and Ann Heald there too, aged 32 years.  Arthur Heald would be born in 1889 and would have been 28 in 1917.  He was born at Palterton and enlisted for the army at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

The 1911 census dated 2 April, records Arthur Heald, married aged 22 years (born 1889), a coal miner Filler born at Palterton, living with his wife Harriett Ann Heald and their two children Walter Wilson Heald and John Heald.  They had two male lodgers, namely George Wilson and Sidney Wilso.  Census Ref: RG14,PN 20296.  Mansfield Regn. district.

Corporal Hugh Machin Army number 29574 of the 17th. Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts. and Derbys. Regt.).  He enlisted at Mansfield, Notts., and lived at Palterton.  He died aged 23 years on Tuesday, 1 August 1916.  Corporal Machin was the son of William a General dealer and Celina Machin of Nags Head Yard, Palterton and husband of Ann Machin of Scotland Yard, Palterton.  I believe his parents may have lived in Orchard Terrace at one time.  He is remembered with honour on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Palterton Man Killed.
Private Harry Townsend of the 26th. Bn. Royal Fusiliers, a well known Palterton resident died of wounds received in action in France on 23 September.  He was only 24 years of age.  His wife Mrs Elsie Townsend lives at 1, Transvaal Terrace, Palterton.
Source : Derbyshire Times Saturday, 13 October 1917, page 8.
Private Harry Townsend, Army number 80846, enlisted at Bolsover, Chesterfield and joined the Staffordshire Regiment but was transferred to the 26th. Battn. Royal Fusiliers with an army number of 66701.  (see below).  He was the husband of Elsie Townsend and lived at 1, Orchard Terrace, Palterton.  She was the Chapel organist.

The Primitive Methodist Chapel, Palterton, has lost an esteemed official by the death of Private Harry Townsend, Royal Fusiliers who, as briefly announced in the Derbyshire Times last week, died on Sunday, 23 September from wounds received in action.  The gallant soldier, 24 years of age, married shortly before he joined the colours in March last and his wife lives at Transvaal Terrace, Palterton.
He was deeply attached to his Church.  At one time he was Church Secretary, but eventually relinquished this office for the less responsible one of assistant Secretary.  He was also in the choir and with his wife took a prominent part in the musical services which for so long have been a feature of the Church life in the village.
Private Townsend who, before he donned khaki worked at Glapwell Colliery, joined the Staffordshire Regiment, but was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers on reaching France in June.  Death took place in the No.2. Casualty Clearing Station.  When admitted he was in a most collapsed condition and despite the most devoted efforts of surgeons and nurses "passed peacefully away after an operation."
The sister in charge of the station, in a letter to Mrs. Townsend wrote, "He did not leave any message, but I have saved you a lock of his hair, which I enclose."  Mrs Townsend has also received a letter from the Rev. E. Sayer Ellis, C.F.
Two of Private Townsend's brothers are with the Colours, one being in France and the other in training at Brocton, Staffordshire.
A memorial service for the gallant soldier was conducted by the circuit Minister, the Rev. W.T.Cole at the Primitive Methodist Church on Sunday evening.
(Source: Derbyshire Times Saturday 20 Oct. 1917. Page 4.)
Private Townsend is remembered with honour at the Outtersteene Communal Cemetary Extension, Bailleul, Nord, France.
For many years from shortly after his death and until the Primitive Methodist Chapel, Palterton was closed, sold and dismantled, there was a memorial plaque inside and at the front of the chapel for Private Harry Townsend.  The plaque is now displayed in the St. Lukes Mission where the War Memorial is located.(2014).

Note : There was another plaque in the old Primitive Methodist Chapel, Palterton.  This unrelated plaque was in the sacred memory of Mark Richards who was killed in the Markham Colliery disaster 10 May 1938.  This man, was for many years up to his death a "Sunday School teacher" in the Methodist Chapel.  He was an uncle of the author of this chapter and the aforementioned plaque in now in the posession of the author having been recovered from a "builders skip" when the Chapel was demolished and then displayed in the offices of the Derbyshire Miners Union (N.U.M) offices at Saltergate, Chesterfield until that building closed.

Private Ernest Wilcockson
Private Ernest Wilcockson Army number 292906 of the 217 Battn. Northumberland Fusiliers, enlisted at Chesterfield, aged 38 years.  He was a Beerhouse Keeper (Hare and Hounds public house at Palterton).  He died in Cairo on the 24 October 1917 and is remembered on the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt F.321.
The CWCG certificate states his date of death being 24 October 1915 but the year is an error.  I believe the year to be 1917.

A wide circle of sportsmen will learn with the utmost regret of the death of Private Ernest Wilcockson of the 2nd/7th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers Regiment, who died in hospital in Cairo on Sunday, 24 October 1918 from a gastric ulcer.   The deceased who was 40 years of age, joined the Colours in August 1916 and was drafted to Egypt in January of 1917.
He is remembered with honour on the Cairo War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

At one time he worked at the Glapwell Colliery, subsequently assisting his wife in the management of the 'Hare and Hounds', a popular hostelry in Palterton.  Deceased had hosts of friends and was devoted to all forms of sport.  He excelled as a cricketer and footballer.  With the bat he had toped the century for his Palterton village club; while followers of the winter pastime (football) wil remember him as a prolific goal scorer for the now defunct Bolsover White Rose F.C. and a player thoroughly familiar with every phase of the game.
Source : Derbyshire Times date mislaid but late Oct./ first week Nov. 1917/8?)

Private Clarence Middleton
Private Clarence Middleton number 18853 of the 1st. Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts. and Derbys. Regt) was born at Killamarsh, Derbyshire but at the time of Elistment at Mansfield, Notts. he lived at Palterton, He was the son of William and Ellen Midleton and they lived at Transvaal Terrace, Palterton.  He died on Tuesday, 26 March 1918.  He is remembered with honour on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France.  Grave Ref: Panel 52 to 54.
The 1911 census dated 2 April records Clarence Middleton as being a single man, aged 23 years, a coal miner loader, born at Killamarsh.  He lived with his parents, brothers and sisters at Transvaal Terrace, Palterton.

Private George Richards
We have this week to record the sacrifice of another Bolsover soldier, Private George Richards, of the North Staffordshire Regiment, who fell in action in France on 29 August 1918, aged 43.

Private Richards joined up at the beginning of the war and was number 48397 in the Lancashire Fusiliers.  He was discharged, however, and returned to civil life but in November 1915, he re enlisted at Bolsover and joined the Prince of Wales (North Staffordshire Regiment).  His army number was then 44050 12th. Battalion.  He went to France in June of the following year.  On the 11 June 1918, the 11th Garrison Guard Bn. in France became the 12 (Garrison) Bn. North Staffords and on the 15 June 1918, it joined 119th.Bde. 40th Div. near St. Omer.  On 13 July 1918, "Garrison" in title replaced by "Service".  Later, on 11 November 1918, 1119th. Bde. 40th Div. France, south of Roubaix.  Deceased who formerly worked at the Glapwell Colliery, has one son in the army.  His wife and younger child live at 51 Shuttlewood Road, Bolsover.  His army record states he was born at Worksop and that his residence was Palterton, Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Times.  Saturday, 19 October 1918.  page 4.
My note : His son Jacob Richards was a well known "character" in the Palterton, Scarcliffe and Bolsover districts.

We have this week to record the sacrifice of another Bolsover soldier, Private George Richards, North Staffords, who fell in action in France on August 29th. aged 43.etc.
Derbyshire Times dated Saturday 19 October 1918. page 4. Col. 7.
(My note: The reason George Richards is on the 1915 Electoral Roll is because he was discharged but rejoined in November 1915, the information for the Electoral Roll being given in October 1915).

Private Arthur Chappell of the 2/7th. Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottingham and Derbyshire Regiment) army number 268418 was killed in action on the 26 September 1917 in France and Flanders.  Private Chappell was born at Palterton, Derbyshire and enlisted at Chesterfield.  His residence was stated to be Shirebrook, Derbyshire.

Private William Shaw
Private William Shaw of the 9th. Batallion of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts.and Derbys. Regiment), army number 18234 who killed in action at Gallipoli on the 9 August 1915.
He was stated to have ben born at Leeds, Yorkshire and enlisted at Mansfield in Nottinghamshire.  His place of residence was stated to be Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  However at the time of the 1911 census dated 2 April, William Shaw, then aged 42, a coal miner filler was living as a Boarder in Palterton with a John Ward and family.  The specific address was not stated but it was enumerated next entry to Mr. George Godber farmer, who at that time was at Hill Top House Farm, located on what was known locally as the Crow hills.
He is Remembered with Honour on the Helles Memorial.  His grave/memorial reference is Panel 150 to 152.
There is a short article in the Derbyshire Times newspaper around the time of his death (date of entry about 15 September 1915) which records:
"Palterton soldier missing"
Palterton is anxiously awaiting news of Pte. W. Shaw, 9th. Sherwood Foresters, who according to a casualty list received by the War Office from Alexandria, has been missing since August 9th.  Prior to the war Private Shaw lived in lodgings in Palterton, and was employed at Glapwell Colliery.  An old Rugby footballer, he had played with Glamorgan and subsequently with Leeds Parish Church, and had been on the reserve for Yorkshire.  Pte. Shaw went to Palterton about six years ago and was very popular in the village.

Sergeant George William Wilson
Sergeant George William Wilson of the 12th. Batallion Sherwood Foresters (Notts.and Derbys. Regiment), army number 18266 who died on the 22 March 1918.
He is remembered with honour on the Pozieres Memorial.  Grave / Monument number 52/54.
Acknowledgement to Wendy Pockson, military historian for this Wilson information.

George William Wilson was not a native of Palterton and on the 1911 census dated 2 April, he is recorded as living as a Boarder with Arthur Heald who was married to the sister of George William Wilson.  His brother Sidney Wilson also lived there as a Boarder.  Census Ref: RG14,PN 20296.  Mansfield Regn. district.

Gunner Roland Dennis Parkes
Gunner 1503161 Roland Dennis Parkes of 248 Battery., 79 (The Hertfordshire Yeomanry) Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery Regt., Royal Artillery who died (killed in action) aged 23 years on Thursday, 20 February 1941, at Swansea. 

Killed Through Enemy Action. (Derbyshire Times Friday, 4 March 1941 page 7). 
Gunner 1503161 Roland Dennis Parkes (22) son of Mr. And Mrs. R. Parkes of 13 Row, Palterton. Has been killed through enemy action. Gnr. Parkes joined H.M.Forces in August 1939 was with an A.A.Unit and has seen service at Le Havre. He was previously employed by the Glapwell Colliery Company Ltd.  The internment took place at Scarcliffe Parish Churchyard on Saturday, the Rev.G.H.Talmay officiating.  The article then makes mention of the mourners incl.  Representatives of an RA unit were bearers and members of Bolsover Home Guard also attended.  The Last Post was sounded by Mr.D.Cheeseborough of the Home Guard.
The following article also appeared in the Derbyshire Times Friday, 4 March 1941 page 8.     At the funeral of Gunner Dennis Parkes which took place at Scarcliffe Parish Church, flowers were sent amongst others, by O.C. and Officers of the Battery; Committee of Palterton Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Comforts Fund; members of the late Palterton Jazz Band.  

He is remembered with honour at Scarcliffe (St. Leonard) Churchyard, Derbyshire.     

My note: Robert Dennis Parkes was born on the 21 July 1918 the son of Robert Parkes and commenced the village school in Palterton on the 13 August 1923, his admission number being 478. He transferred to Scarcliffe school on the 21 July 1918. Note the difference in the first name Roland and Robert!  His army record clearly records his name as  Roland Dennis Parkes whereas his birth is registered as Robert Dennis Parkes.

Private Alfred Clayworth
Private 13069486 Alfred Clayworth of the Pioneer Corps who died aged 26 years on Friday, 9 May 1941.  He was the son of George and Helen Clayworth, husband of Beatrix Clayworth of Mansfield, Notts.   He is remembered with honour at Damerham (St. George) Church yard, Hampshire.

Gunner Stanley Richards
Army number 880202, 3 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery, who died aged 20 years on 12 March 1941, son of Jacob and Fanny Richards of Palterton, Derbyshire.  He is remembered with honour on the Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery.

Derbyshire Times dated Friday, 28 March 1941 page 7 records.                                         PALTERTON SOLDIER – Death in Hospital from Burns.  
Mr.and Mrs J. Richards of 10 Row, Palterton have received news that their son, Gunner Stanley Richards of the Royal Artillery, who was serving abroad has died in hospital from extensive burns. Gunner Richards was the youngest of eight children and he enlisted in April 1938 when he was 18 years of age. He was born in Palterton and attended Palterton Methodist Chapel.


Private Cecil Hallett
(correct name ALLETT)
Private Cecil Allett.
Army number 24873, 8th. Battn. Leicester Regiment.  He was born at Brooke Hill, Rutland, the son of John and Emma Allett and resided at Oakham, Rutland.  He enlisted at Leicester.   He was killed in action on the 26 September 1916 aged 25 years.  He is commemorated on the Thieval Memorial Grave Mem. Pier and Face 2C and 3A.  Somme, France.  Note : Ancestry records death as 25 September 1916.

On the 1911 census dated 2 April, Cecil Allett is enumerated as living with the family of F.J.Reynolds, a farmer at College Lodge, Leighfield in the county of Rutland.  He was stated to be a servant, single, aged 20 years, employed as a Waggoner on farm and born at Brooke, Oakham.
Census Ref.: RG14, Piece NO. 19376. Regn. district and sub district of Oakham, in the parish of Leighfield.

On the 1901 census dated 31 March, Cecil Allett is enumerated as residing with his father John a Corn Miller (Water Mill) aged 50 years, wife Hannah aged 24 years, three sisters Julia 14 yrs., Eva 9 yrs., Jessie Matilda 2 yrs. and brother Bertie all of whom were stated to have been born at Brooke, Rutland.  Cecil Allett was aged 11 years.  Emma Allett, the mother of Cecil had died and his father had remarried much younger Hannah for his second wife.  They were living at The Mill House, Brooke, in the county of Rutland.
Census Ref.: RG13, Piece 3014, Folio 32, Page 15.  Regn. district and sub district of Oakham, in the parish of Brooke.

If we go back to the 1891 census dated 5 April, we discover Cecil Allett was an 8 month old baby at census time living with his father John, mother Emma and family at Mill House, The Village, Brooke.  Father was a Miller.  Grandfather John Allett aged 82 years lived with them as did a male servant.
Census Ref.: RG12, Piece 2547, Folio 34, Page 17.  Regn. district and sub district of Oakham, in the parish of Brooke.

Pte. Cecil Allett of Oakham
Mr. J. Allett of 14 Gee-Street(?), has this week been notified of the death of his son Pte. Cecil Allett.  The sad news was conveyed in a letter by Sergt. W. Bell that Pte. Allett was killed during an attack on September 25th., whilst an attempt was being made to capture a strongly - held village from the enemy.  Pte. Allett was doing excellent work by bombing the enemy out of his trench.  He showed the greatest coolness and bravery, and while carrying out his work he was shot in the head by a sniper and died almost instantly.  The writer concludes that Pte. Allett was a good soldier and would be greatly missed.  Pte. Allett, who was 26 years of age had been employed in and about Oakham for a number of years.  He was formerly with the Territorials, and after the outbreak of war presented himself for enlistment, but was rejected.  Anxious to serve he underwent an operation at Leicester Infirmary and was then accepted. After a brief leave, he went abroad in May.
Source: Grantham Journal dated 18 November 1916.

Sat 4 Nov 1916 – KILLED – Leicester R. ALLETT, 24873 C.
Source : Times newspaper.

Private B. Hallett
(correct name ALLETT)
Private Bertie Harold Allett.
Army number 37147, 1st./ 6th. (T.F.) Battn. South Staffordshire Regiment.  He was born at Brooke, Rutland the son of John Allett of Brooke, Oakham, Rutland and the late Emma Allett.  He enlisted at Chesterfield, Derbyshire and was killed in action on the 29 September 1918 aged 26 years.  He is buried in the Bellicourt British Cemetery. SP.Mem. B8.   Bellicourt is in ASNE, France.
I have another date of death 2 October 1918 and France & Flanders.  Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
Source : GRO War Deaths, Army (Other Ranks 1914 - 1918.): Vol. 1.49, page 11. and Soldiers died in Great War. (via FMP).

Pte Bertie Harold ALLETT, no. 37147, died 29 Sep 1918 aged 26. Regt/Service: South Staffs Regt 1st/6th Bn. Grave ref. Sp. Mem. B.8. at Bellicourt British Cemetery, Aisne, France, son of John ALLETT, of Brooke, Oakham, Rutland, and the late Emma ALLETT.
Source : Commonwealth War Graves Commission

37147 Private Bertie Harold Allett
British Army Date of Death: 29/09/1918 South Staffordshire Regiment during World War 1.  The 1/5th and 1/6th Battalion Territorial Force.
04.08.1914.  The 1/5th stationed at Walsall and the 1/6th stationed at Wolverhampton, both as part of the Staffordshire Brigade of the North Midland Division and then moved to the Luton area and then to Bishops Stortford area.
03.03.1915.  Mobilised for war and landed at Havre where the formation became the 137th Brigade of the 46th Division and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
During 1915.  The German liquid fire attack at Hooge,  The attack at the Hohenzollern Redoubt.
Jan 1916.  Moved to Egypt.
Feb 1916.  Returned to France and once again engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
During 1916.  The diversionary attack at Gommecourt.
During 1917 Operations on the Ancre, Occupation of the Gommecourt defences,  The attack on Rettemoy Graben,  The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line,  The attack on Lievin,  The Battle of Hill 70.
During 1918.  The Battle of the St Quentin canal,  The Battle of the Beaurevoir Line,  The Battle of Cambrai,  The Battle of the Selle,  The Battle of Sambre.
11.11.1918.  Ended the war in France,  Sains du Nord S.E. of Avesnes.
Source : Service record for Bertie uploaded to Ancestry by Gary Kempsford:

Bertie Harold Allett is recorded on the 1911 census dated 2 April as being a farm servant living in the household of George D.Holbrook, a farmer in Plumtree, Notts.

The question I am currently trying to resolve is how two Lincolnshire men with no (as yet) known Palterton connections appear on the War Memorial.  Maybe between the 1911 census dated 2 April and their date of enlistment they had a connection with the village or was it later around 1925?  Could a relative have moved to the village after the death of these two soldiers and been in the village when the plans were commenced to erect this memorial?  Enquiries continue (July 2014). There are examples elsewhere of this latter occurrence.

The source for most of the information recorded on this page is :
Source : GRO War Deaths, Army (Other Ranks 1914 - 1918.): Vol. 1.49, page 11. and Soldiers died in Great War. (via FMP) and newspapers as acknowledged.

Acknowledgement : Ms. Wendy Pockson a local historian of Chesterfield for her help and encouragement in identifying and locating the information relating to the two ALLETT brothers. Having tried for many years to correctly identify these two soldiers, it is most unlikely I would have discovered them, without her assistance. Thanks.


"For when the one great scorer comes to write against your name, he mentions not who won or lost but how well you played the game".
Source: Grantland Rice.  "Allumunus Football"  Only the brave and other poems. page 144.  1944.


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