Remembering Private William Haycox and Driver William Lewis

Remembering Private William Haycox, 10090, Depot., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) who died on 26 November 1918. He had been a prisoner of war for four years and had returned to England on 2 October.

and remembering miner Driver William Lewis, 284166, “B” Bty. 5th Reserve Bde., Royal Field Artillery who died on 28 November 1918, aged 28, another casualty of the 1918 influenza pandemic. Read his story here

Both men are buried in Staveley cemetery.

Remembering this week….


Remembering Poolsbrook miner, Private Mervyn Lovick, 64685, 1/6th Bn., Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire Regiment) who died on 7 November 1918 aged 23


and Private Charles N Jervis, 100919, 15th Bn., Durham Light Infantry who died on 8 November 1918 and who is buried at Staveley Cemetery.

Remembering Joseph Rooney and Ernest Parry

Remembering Private Joseph Rooney  (a.k.a. Ruane), 2/6th Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derbys Regiment) who died on 4th November aged 23.

Joseph was wounded at  the Battle of Polygon Wood  in September 1917 and suffered aeroplane bomb wounds and multiple fractures. 2 months after his medical discharge in 1918, Joseph died of influenza. 

 Joseph did not qualify for a Commonwealth War Grave as he was no longer a serving soldier and his death could not be attributed to his military service. He is buried in an unmarked plot in the Roman Catholic section of Staveley Cemetery.  Read his story here

and remembering  miner Private Ernest Parry, 5659, 2nd Bn., Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) who died of wounds on 4th November 1918, aged 20. Ernest had served just 20 days on the front when he received a gunshot wound to his back. Read his story here