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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
Ratby, Derbyshire
Harry Redgate was born in Ratby, Derbyshire in 1887/8. He was the youngest of three children born to William and Ada Redgate of Derby (née Bettles). William was employed as a surgical bandage maker and his other two children were Elizabeth (born 1881) and Herbert (born 1883). In 1901, the family were resident at 1 Redshaw Street, Derby, where Herbert had followed his father’s work, making surgical bandages. It was two years later that William Redgate died on the 7th May 1903 and in his will left his effects of £25 to his wife, Ada. By 1911, Harry was the only child of Ada’s still at home. She did, however have her father and brother residing with her and Harry was contributing by working as a gilder in a china factory. The following year, on the 24th March 1912 Harry was married to Mabel Alice Haggan, a school teacher, at South Darley, Derbyshire. A child, Jack was born to them on the 14th September 1912.
09 Mar 1920
32
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38 Priorswell Road, Worksop
Gunner
8th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Harry was attested only a month after war was declared. Some of his service record survives and shows that at the time he was living at 38 Priorswell Road, Worksop and employed by the Worksop and Retford Brewery Co. His attestation date was the 22nd of September 1914. He was registered with the 8th Notts and Derby’s and went to France on the 28th June 1915. Although promoted to Cpl in January 1915, he later reverted to Private at his own request. As his service record appears incomplete, further details are not to hand, however, a record of him being issued with a Silver Badge number 340207, when he was discharged on the 20th March 1919 (no longer physically fit for war service). Harry died (no doubt as a result of his injuries) on 9th March 1920 age 32 at Nottingham. His widow was awarded a pension, in the first instance, the sum of 28/8 per week, plus 10/- for their child. Ex Gunner Harry Redgate Worksop Guardian 19 March 1920 There was something particularly sad in cases where volunteers of 1914 have returned home from the war unscathed and with the honour and glory and having served right throughout the fighting, only to succumb to the effects and hardships which they have ungrudgingly gone through. These circumstances apply in the case of ex Gunner Harry Redgate, late of the MGC of 39 Prior Well Road, Worksop and a son of Mr and Mrs W Redgate,of Ockbrook, who died a few days ago. The deceased joined up in the fateful August 1914 and was not long before he was drafted to the Western front which was the scene of all his subsequent activities. He was happily able to celebrate Armistice Day at home and was demobilised about Christmas time last year and returned to his employment with the Worksop and Retford Brewery Co. Ltd. Unfortunately, as previous mentioned, the effects of his long spell of warfare told upon him and his health suffered considerably. A few days ago it became worse and it was found necessary to move him to the General Hospital, Nottingham, where he passed away. The deceased was of a very quiet and affable nature, and his death, after emerging from the war so honourably is a big blow to his relatives. He was 32 years of age and leaves a widow and one little son. The funeral took place at Ockbrook and was of a military character, the deceased fellow employees at the Brewery contributing a large wreath to the floral tokens of friendship and respect.
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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.
    Harry Redgate - 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.