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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
Person Details
Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts
The first 6 children of Thomas and Louisa Gollick were all girls, ( Kate, Minnie, Maggie, Ethel, Mary and Lilly),born around the Kiveton, South Anston area, in Yorkshire. Sometime between 1894 and 1898 the family moved to Kirkby in Ashfield, Notts where they had their one and only son. He was named Thomas Horace Gollick when he was registered at Basford, Notts, in Dec 1898, his place of birth being 29 Pond Street, Kirkby in Ashfield. By 1901, Louisa was a widow. The local newspaper reports at the time, that she married and became a Worksop resident along with Horace.
17 Nov 1917
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Lance Corporal
8th Bn South Staffordshire Regiment
Lance Corporal John Horace Gollick Worksop Guardian 23 November 1917 The Rev. J. H. Bligh had the melancholy duty of informing Mrs. Louis Thompson, wife of Mr. H. B. Thompson, 11, Potter Street, Worksop, yesterday, that her son, Lance Corporal John Horace Gollick, South Stafford’s, was killed in action in France, November 17th. The deceased who was 19 years of age, was Mrs. Thompson’s only son. He enlisted in March last, previous to which time he worked at Manton Colliery. He was on home leave six weeks ago, having been in France five weeks when he met his death. A letter from his Commanding Officer states that he was killed instantly by a shell when with a working party. He showed promise, says the letter, of being a good soldier, and only three days before he was made Lance Corporal, and undoubtedly would have won more stripes before long. The brave lad was a member of St. John’s Bible Class, and also connected with the Institute Football Club. He was a quiet well behaved boy, and his many friends will be sorry to hear of his death, and will sympathise with his parents. Notts Free Press – 30th. November, 1917 LANCE-CORPORAL J.H. GOLLICK - HUTHWAITE Although he with his mother and step-father (Mr. and Mrs. Thompson) left Huthwaite for Worksop a little over a year ago, Lance-Corporal J.H. Gollick had many friends in the former town, the family living in Main Street. He then worked at B Winning Colliery, and at Worksop was employed at Manton. He enlisted in February in the army, but had served a week on a mine sweeper at Grimsby just before, from which he was dismissed for being under age, as he was only 17 then. He was killed instantly by a shell on November 17th, five weeks after he had landed in France, and three days after he had received his first stripe, and not long after his 18th birthday. The news was a great shock to his mother, who suffers from a weak heart. At Huthwaite he attended the Primitive Methodist Church. He was a native of Kirkby, being the only son, but he has a sister locally in Mrs. J. Ellis, of Carnarvon Grove. Letters from the front say that he was a well-behaved and promising soldier. At Worksop he appears to have made friends quickly. He belonged to a Bible Class and played for a football team.
Formerly 38242, North Staffs Regt. Remembered on the Welsh Cemetery (Caesar's Nose) Belgium. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.
    John Horace Gollick - photo originally published in the Worksop Guardian and now in the Borough of Worksop Roll of Honour of the Great War 1914-1918 in Worksop Library.