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Nottingham
He was the son of Charlotte Maskrey. He was the husband of Florence Maskrey of 8 Hawkridge Street, Alfred Street South, Nottingham.
01 Jul 1916
22
805164 - CWGC Website
266662
Private
1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte. Maskrey was with 1/7th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters at Foncquevillers prior to the attack on Gommecourt on 01/07/1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. When the men advanced across No Man's Land the Germans emerged from their fortified positions and shells and machine gun fire hit the four waves of Sherwood Foresters. Great gaps were torn in the lines and as they neared the German wire they saw that it had not been cut properly and that their task was hopeless. At the end of the day only 96 men answered roll call. Pte. Maskrey was reported missing but was not confirmed dead until May 1917. He has no known grave and his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier & Face 10C, 10D & 11A).
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 30 May 1917: 'Maskrey. Missing since July 1st 1916 now reported killed. Private John Henry Maskrey, Sherwood Foresters, age 23. Late of 27 Seebourne Street. Wife Florence.'
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