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  • (WMA38817) Stained glass window in Mansfield Road Baptist Church, Hyson Green, Nottingham.  Photograph Rachel Farrand
Person Details
26 Nov 1882
Robert George was the son of, Noah and Margaret Hopewell of Langtry Grove, Old Basford, Nottingham and the husband of Gladys Eleanor Hopewell of Westbrook, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (CWGC). Noah Hopewell married Margaret Gardener from Bridgeton, Glasgow in 1886. He was a builder and the owner of G. Hopewell and Sons, a thriving business situated on Lincoln Street, Basford. After their marriage, Noah and Margaret Hopewell lived at number 19 Lincoln Street, Basford where they had a total of six children, sadly two died in infancy prior to 1911. Their surviving children were : - Robert George b1883, Winifred b1886, Jessie b1889 and Donald Gardner b1892; all the children were born in Basford. In the 1911 census the family are living at 19 Lincoln Street, Old Basford and are shown as : - Noah 56 yrs head of the family, a building contractor, he is living with his wife Margaret 49 yrs and their children Robert George 28 yrs manager of his fathers building business, Winifred 25 yrs, Jessie 22 yrs and Donald Gardner 19 yrs a law student. Also living at the house at this time was a servant, Fanny Dash 21 yrs, a general domestic servant. His marriage to Gladys Eleanor Jones, the only daughter of Mr R Jones, was recorded in the Mansfield Registration area in 1913. His probate proven at Nottingham on 17th October 1916, shows him as Robert George Hopewell of Basford, Nottingham, Captain in H.M. Army died 3rd September 1916 at Thiepval, France. Effects £1847 8 shillings and 11 pence. Administration to Gladys Eleanor Hopewell widow .
He was educated at the Nottingham High School into which he was admitted on 4th May 1896 aged 13 yrs; he left the school at Easter 1899. He held office in the Nottingham Master Builders’ Association. Captain for several years of Magdala Amateur Football Club.
03 Sep 1916
33
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Captain
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Robert enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters in September 1914 and served in France from July of the following year. He returned to England for training on receiving his commission. He returned to France in March 1916 after being promoted captain in December 1915 and was killed in action in the attack on Maillet Wood, near Beaumont Hamel, 3rd September 1916. He was 33 years old. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on The Somme, 17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (The Welbeck Rangers), a battalion drawn from North Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas, moved into trenches south of Beaumont-Hamel on the Somme Front on 2nd September and attacked the following morning at 5 am. They went into action with 20 officers and 650 other ranks and succeeded in capturing the German front line before being held up at the German second line by heavy machine gun fire. They suffered 450 casualties before being withdrawn that evening to Mailly-Maillet. Of their 20 officers, 5 were killed, including R G Hopewell, and 7 wounded. 3 were also reported as missing – a total of 15 who were casualties in some form. An extract from the battalion War Diary for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 1916 reads as follows: “2nd - Battalion now ready to take part in the 2nd offensive on the Somme. Operation Order 19 attached and marked as Appendices F1. Battalion moves into trenches as mentioned in the aforementioned Operation Order which is situated 1500 yards due South of the village of Beaumont Hamel and about 3,000 yards North-West of Thiepval. The assembly was complete about 10.10pm. Before going into action messages from the following Generals were read to the Battalion. Copies are attached as appendices and marked F2, F3. Lt.Gen. E.A. Fanshaw CB commanding V Army Corps and Brig. Gen. R. Oldman commanding 117th Infantry Brigade. Battalion strength going into action 19 Officers, 1 Medical Officer and 650 other ranks. All details were left at Bertrancourt with Transport. The Division were situated as follows in the attack: 17 Sherwood Foresters on the left; 16 Rifle Brigade on the right; 17 K.R.R.C. in support; 16 Sherwood Foresters in reserve. For further particulars as to formations see appendices F1. Draft of 1 Officer and 16 men arrive from 10 Sherwood Foresters. 3rd - 5.10am. Battalion moves to attack under Artillery Barrage at 6.00am. Message received from Major G. Stollard Commanding A Coy that we have occupied first line of German trenches. At 6.10am message received from Capt. H.V. Walters that the enemy’s second line is strongly held with machine guns and that our casualties are very heavy and reinforcements are urgently needed. At 7.15am 2 Companies of K.R.R.C. move up to reinforce. The action is against us the enemy being very strong in Artillery and Machine Guns and, at 2.00pm orders are despatched for all to withdraw to our trenches. At 7.30pm the Battalion remaining withdrew to a Hillside at Mailley-Maillet Wood for the night. Our casualties are very heavy. 4th - At 5.00pm the battalion moves into Hutments at Bertrancourt. Casualties in yesterday’s action were as follows: Killed - Maj. G. Stollard, Capts. R.G. Hopewell, S.F. Brookfield, F.C.Singleton, G.P. Littlewood. Wounded - Capts. F.R. Turner, R.S. Wright, Lt. B.J. Ross, 2/Lt. W.N. Birkin, E.P. Acrill-Jones, T.C. Nugent, J.W. Salsbury. Missing - Lt. B.F. Buck. Wounded & Missing - Capt. H.V. Walters, 2/Lt. M. A. Ellis - Total 15 Other Ranks - Killed 59. Wounded 155. Missing 222. Total 436”.
Nottingham Evening Post, 9 September 1916: ‘The Casualties. Killed. Capt RG Hopewell. News has been received that Capt. Robt. George Hopewell, Sherwood Foresters, of Langtry Grove, New Basford, was killed in action on Sept. 3rd. The deceased officer, who was the son of Mr N Hopewell, of Old Basford, was in his 34th year. He was educated at the Nottingham high school, and afterwards became associated with the firm of G Hopewell and Son, contractors, Old Basford. He held office in the Nottingham Master Builders’ Association. He enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters on the outbreak of the war in September 1914, and went to France in July of the following year. Receiving a commission he returned to England for training. He was promoted lieutenant in October and captain in December last, whilst he had been in France for the second time since March. He was for several years captain of the Magdala Amateurs’ Football Club. He married the only daughter of Mr RL Jones, of Mansfield.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) (WMA3887) A stained glass window depicting figures from 'The Idylls of the King' was installed by his parents in Mansfield Road Baptist Church, Hyson Green, Nottingham in his memory. The dedication reads: 'To the Glory of God and in memory of Robert George Hopewell of Basford, Captain 17th Sherwood Foresters, killed in action in France Sept 3rd 1916.' ('Idylls of the King', a cycle of 12 narrative poems by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, retelling the legend of King Arthur.)
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  • (WMA38817) Stained glass window in Mansfield Road Baptist Church, Hyson Green, Nottingham.  Photograph Rachel Farrand
    Robert George Hopewell - (WMA38817) Stained glass window in Mansfield Road Baptist Church, Hyson Green, Nottingham. Photograph Rachel Farrand