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Adcock, Charles Harry

 

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Adcock, Donald

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Adcock, George William

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Allen, Thomas

Tom Allen 1914-15 StarBritish War MedalAllied Victory Medal

 

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Allen, Thomas Claude William

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Allott, Ernest

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Allott, Harry

 

Henry Allott, who was known as Harry, was born at Thurmaston on the 27th September 1900, and baptised at the parish church on the 4th November 1900. He was the son of Joseph Allott, a framework-knitter, and his wife Elizabeth, née Smith.

The Allott family lived in a house on Thurmaston's Main Street. The children of Joseph and Elizabeth Allott were Emily, Wilfred, Ernest, Evelyn, Willie, and Harry, all of whom were born in Thurmaston.

The photograph of Harry Allott is the only evidence to show that he served in the army during the Great War. It is believed, based on the appearance of his cap badge, that he served in a battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment.

After the war Harry lived with his parents at 94, Main Street, Thurmaston. In 1927 he married Elizabeth Jones and for some time he and his wife lived at the family home. At the oubreak of war in 1939 Harry and Elizabeth were living at 1, Goldhill, Leicester, with their two children, a son and daughter. Harry was a cane furniture maker.

Harry Allott passed away in Leicestershire during the latter part of 1981.

His parents are interred in Thurmaston Cemetery.

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Allott, Franklin

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Anderson, George

 

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Angrave, Gerald Levi

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Appleby, Arthur

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Appleby, Ernest George

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Bailey, George

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Bailey, George Henry

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Baldwin, Frederick William

Frederick Baldwin Military MedalBritish War MedalAllied Victory Medal

 

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Baldwin, James

 

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Ballard, Ernest William

 

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Ballard, Fred Archibald

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Ballard, Joseph

 

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Ballard, Thomas Edward



 

Thomas Edward Ballard was born in the parish of Birstall, Leicestershire in around 1880. He was the son of Edward Ballard, a bricklayer's labourer, and his wife Elizabeth.

The Ballard family became settled in Thurmaston in around 1886, and by 1891 were living in Canal Street, with the head of the family, Edward Ballard, working as a market gardener. However, by 1901 Edward Ballard had become a licensed victualler and kept the Barkby Arms at 125, Bedford Street, Leicester. Thomas Edward, who was working as a basket maker, lived with his parents at the public house.

By 1908 Edward Ballard and his family had moved back to Thurmaston where he took on the license of the Black Horse on Main Street. However, Thomas Edward Ballard, who had been married for three years, was working as a farm labourer, and living at 26, Cooper Street, Leicester, with his wife, Edith, nee Mayes, and daughter Edna.

By the beginning of December 1915 Thomas Edward Ballard was back in Thurmaston, and living at 15, Church Street. It was on the 6th December 1915 that he joined the ranks of the Leicestershire Regiment, and was attested to the regiment on the 7th June 1916.

Perhaps because of his age and marital status, Private, 238161, Thomas Edward Ballard saw no overseas service. In June 1917 he was transferred to an agricultural company of the Labour Corps. On demobilisation he was transferred to Class "Z" of the army reserve. He informed the army authorities that his home address remained at 15, Church Street, Thurmaston.

His younger brothers, Ernest William Ballard (q.v.) and Joseph Ballard (q.v.), and Fred Archibald Ballard (q.v.) also served their country during the Great War.

Thomas Edward Ballard died in 1956.

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Bates, Bertie Smith

Bertie Smith Bates

 

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Ernest and Alice Bates

 

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Bates, Joseph Cyril

 

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Bates, Louis

Magpies Goalkeeper Louis Bates British War MedalAllied Victory Medal

 

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Bates, Walter Smith

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Bentley, Archibald Lewis

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Bentley, Gerald

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Bentley, John Wilfred

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Bentley, Thomas

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Bentley, Thomas

 

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Berrington, Alfred Edmund

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Berrington, George Henry

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Berrington, Harold

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Berrington, Joseph

Joseph Berrington 1914-15 StarBritish War MedalAllied Victory Medal

 

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Bishop, Alfred

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Bishop, John

 

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Black, George William

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Black, John Wilfred

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Blake, James Roland

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Blount, Wilfred John

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Bond, Harold Andrew

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Booth, Harry

 

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Botterill, Charles Wilfred

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Bree, James Edward

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James Edward Bree was born in Leicester on the 1st November 1884. He was the son of James Bree and his wife Mary Ann, nee Russell. In 1901 James Edward lived with his parents, and younger siblings, Herbert, Ernest and Annie, at 103, Brook Street, Leicester. James Edward was then an apprentice shoe machinist.

On the 21st May 1907 James Edward married Clara Smith (born 2nd February 1884, Leicester) at St. Matthew's Church, Leicester. On the 29th April 1908, at Leicester, Clara gave birth to a daughter, who was named Clara Ellen. In 1911 James Edward, and his wife and their daughter, lived at 56, Brook Street, Leicester, part of which was a confectionary shop, which was run by James Edward's wife. James Edward's young sister, twelve year old Annie Bree, also lived at Brook Street. In 1911 James Edward was working as a boot laster. A son, Stanley Harold, was born at Leicester on the 4th June 1913.

James Edward Bree joined the army in Leicester on the 26th March 1915; he signed up for a service term of four years with the Territorial Force. His enlistment followed a medical examination, after which he was immediately approved to serve with the 4th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. James Edward became Private, 4302, J. E. Bree.

Having joined the army James Edward left behind his wife and children, who were living at 7, Ullswater Street, off Jarrom Street, Leicester. Once he had enlisted James Edward immediately began his military training. Just a short time into his training he was transferred to the 3/4th Battalion of his regiment. On the 24th July 1915 he was appointed as a Lance Corporal, but was deprived of his stripe just over four months later.

On the 17th April 1916 he was transferred to the 1/4th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, which was an active service unit. Two days later he was landed in France. He returned to England on the 27th June 1916, probably on account of being injured. Later in the year, on the 29th August 1916, he was posted to the regiment's command depot at Ripon. This was followed by a transfer to the 4th Reserve Battalion on the 8th December that same year.

On the 2nd March 1917 Private Bree was returned to the 1/4th Battalion, and was disembarked in France the following day. Nineteen days later he was posted to the 7th Battalion. On the 16th July 1917 Private Bree suffered a gunshot wound to the head, as well as the effects of concussion. At the time James Edward was wounded the Brigade, of which his battalion was part, was in the 21st Division's reserve, in what was known as the Tunnel Sector, near Bullecourt. James Edward would have been treated at a Casualty Clearing Station, and at a General Hospital, before being returned to England on the 26th July. The fact that James Edward had received a Blighty one - a serious injury - meant that he would not have to endure the coming fight of his battalion at Polygon Wood. During 1917, due to renumbering of the soldiers of the Territorial Force, James Edward became Private, 201112, J. E. Bree, Leicestershire Regiment.

On his return to England James Edward joined 'D' Company of the 4th Reserve Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, from which, from the 1st February 1918, he was granted eleven days' leave to his see his family, who were then living at 215, Grasmere Street, Leicester, just a short distance from their old home. In May it was confirmed that James Edward's injuries had reduced his medical classification from A1 to B2. So, on the 3rd September 1918, James Edward was transferred to the 504th Home Service Employment Company of the Labour Corps, but eleven days later was posted to the 506th Home Service Employment Company. On leaving the Leicestershire Regiment James Edward was renumbered Private, 643275, J. E. Bree, Labour Corps.

The war effectively ended on the 11th November 1918. On the 18th February 1919 James Edward was discharged from the army at Nottingham. His conduct on being demobilized from the army was recorded as very good. He informed the army authorities that his home address was 215, Grasmere Street, Leicester. He was granted a temporary weekly allowance of 8/3d on account of having received an injury to his side and the gunshot wound to his head, which was judged to have reduced his capacity to work by 30%. In December 1919 he was awarded the Silver War Badge in recognition of his Services Rendered, and the wounds he had received during his war service. After the war James Edward was awarded the British War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal.

On the 27th June 1929 James Edward's only son, Stanley Harold Bree, died aged 16 years. He was buried in Thurmaston Cemetery.

During 1931 James Edward's and Clara's surviving child, Clara Ellen, married Jack Hegginson. Jack and Clara had two children. In 1939 James and Clara Bree lived at 53, Manor Road, Thurmaston. James was then employed as an instructor of shoe machines in a footwear company's lasting department.

James Edward Bree passed away on the 4th January 1963 and was interred in the same grave as his son. His widow, Clara, died on the 21st October 1967 and was buried with her late husband.

The photograph of James Edward Bree was taken in later life.


Broadhurst, Sydney

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Brookes, John Richard

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Broughton, Arthur William

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Brown, W.

 

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Bunn, Albert Ernest

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