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Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour

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About the Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour

The Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour is a permanent tribute to local men and women who died during the First World War. Until now, no list of Nottinghamshire’s Great War dead has ever been compiled and many communities did not keep written records of 1914-18 losses. This project aims to correct historic injustices by finally paying homage to the fallen and creating a unique, centralised archive for researchers, historians and the general public.

The project has involved collaboration between eight groups of volunteer information gatherers, led by Dr David Nunn, and Nottinghamshire County Council which has funded the initiative and provided technical expertise.

The Roll of Honour was designed to unfold in two phases. The first phase, which went live in August 2013, collected names across Nottinghamshire from more than six hundred memorials constructed during the conflict’s immediate aftermath in village and town centres, chapels, churches, churchyards, parish halls, factories and other work places, schools and sports clubs.

The next stage of the project has seen individual stories expanded and brought to life through the addition of biographical detail, narrative, photographs and newspaper extracts as well as entries from diaries and letters. Names unrecorded or missing from physical monuments are being added to a Virtual Memorial. Many members of the public have already contributed and you can add photos or data to the site using a simple Log-In process top right of the screen.

The Roll of Honour project is linked to Trent to Trenches – a series of events being organised across the county in 2014 to commemorate Nottinghamshire’s contribution to the Great War.

Thank you to the following people for their work on the Roll of Honour to date:

County Hall web developer Tom Styles who designed the site

Consultant Ashley Marron who developed Phase 2 of the project in collaboration with Tom Styles and Alec Buchanan

Lynn Sergant, who has uploaded much of the data harvested from the city of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s districts.

Volunteers by District

  • Nottingham - Peter Foster, Steve Zaleski, Lynn Whiteley and Brendan Beecroft
  • Ashfield - David Nunn, Carol Taylor-Cockayne and Richard Clay
  • Bassetlaw - Richard English, Colin Dannatt, Tony and Judith Goodall, Roger Caple and Bob Ilett
  • Broxtowe - David Nunn, Hilary Hillier, Brian Taylor, Malcolm Jarvis and Richard Dodge
  • Gedling - Tracy Dodds, Yvonne Davies, Peter Gillings, Barbara Worrall, Jean Parrott, Cliff Housley and Anthony Ball
  • Mansfield - Carol Malone
  • Newark & Sherwood - Gary Tranter and Andy McKinnon
  • Rushcliffe - Murray Biddle and John Whalley
  • Across Nottinghamshire - Rachel Farrand, Richard Clay and Steve Morse

The website may contain errors of transcription or fact and we would welcome any corrections via the buttons in the top right of each page or by email rollofhonour@nottscc.gov.uk

Below are some people who you may be interested in

This is a family memorial in West Markham All Saints Church photographed by Rachel Farrand in March 2013.  The inscription reads 'In loving memory of Pte James Smalley of West Markham, 7th Royal West Kents, youngest son of WJ & A Thompson who died at Sains-du-Nord, September 30. 1918. Aged 33 years. A prisoner of war. Lest we forget.' Rachel notes ‘The parish church at the time of the Great War was the Mausoleum at West Markham. When it  closed in 1956 the memorials transferred to All Saints which had been ruinous at the time of the Great War and was effectively closed. However,  when the Mausoleum fell into disrepair it was All Saints that was repaired and reopened as the parish church.’ No parish memorial was created so Thompson is included on this archive’s Virtual Memorial.
A portrait of Bernard Gelsthorpe.
Courtesy of Worksop College
Buried in Newark Town Cemetery Photo Murray Biddle
Photo showing Charles Ostick 
courtesy of Alan Laurie
This photo of Sidney Miller was first published in the Retford Times newspaper following his death
  • Private, 1st Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
  • Died on 09 May 1915
  • Remembered on:
  • Retford - Market Square
Family headstone Nottingham Church (Rock) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand
This photo was first published in the Retford times following the death of Willie Bell
  • Private, 1/8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
  • Died on 13 Sep 1917
  • Remembered on:
  • Retford - Market Square
This photo was first published in the Retford Times following the death of Frank Betson