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Hucknall, Huthwaite, Notts
William & Sarah Allsop (nee Haslam) bought up their family of five in Hucknall, Huthwaite, Notts. Their children were, Joseph Haslam born 1862, George born 1864, Henry born 1869, Alfred born 30 June 1871 and Paulina born 1874. William earned his living as a farmer and carrier. By 1881 the family were living at Pit Lane, Hucknall with the two elder boys working the land and ten years later, the only child left in the family home (now Blackwell Road, Hucknall) was Alfred who was working as a coal miner. It was not long after this, in fact on the 22 June 1897, he married Sarah Stanton and they set up home at Mason Street, Sutton in Ashfield. It was probably because his wife came from Worksop that the childless couple moved there, where Alfred continued his occupation as a miner and in 1911 was resident at 11 Allen Street, Worksop. After war was declared, Alfred enlisted on the 31 August 1915 and served with Expeditionary Force from 6 March 1916. At the time of Alfred’s death, Sarah was living at The Willows, Newcastle Ave, Worksop.
07 Jul 1916
261409 - CWGC Website
30677
Private
17th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Pte Allsopp Worksop Guardian 14 July 1916 A letter was received by Mrs Allsopp, of 5, The Willows, Stubbing Lane, Worksop, intimating her husband, Pte Allsopp, of the 17th Sherwood Foresters, has been killed in action. It is dated July 9th, and runs as follows,- “ Madam- It is with very sincere regret, I have to inform you that your husband was killed in action yesterday evening by a sniper, and along with Platoon No15, I beg to send you my sympathy in your sad bereavement Allsopp was one of my best and most useful men, and always did his duty willingly and thoroughly, and I can assure you he will be very much missed in the Platoon. Men like him are hard to replace, and it is the sacrifice and work of such men that will win the war for England. Yours Sincerely, W.R. Benner. Sec. Lt 17th Sherwood Foresters.” Pte, Allsopp, who was 45 years of age, has lived all his life in Worksop, was a fine stalwart man. It is eleven months since he enlisted, and has been in France five month’s. Previous to enlisting he worked at Manton, where he was well known and generally liked. He leaves no family, but the utmost sympathy will go out to his widow, we hope to give a picture Pte. Allsopp, next week. Pte A Allsop Worksop Guardian 21 July 1916 With respect to the late Pte A Allsop of the 17th Sherwood Foresters, who was killed in action under circumstances reported in our last issue, his wife Mrs Allsop, 5 The Willows, Stubbing Lane, has received the following letter from the Chaplain, the Rev. A P Daniels:- Dear Mrs Allsop, I am writing to you as Church of England Chaplain to the 17th Sherwood Foresters. I expect you will have heard by this time, the sad news that your husband, Pte A Allsop, has been killed in action and I want to tell you how much we all sympathise with you in your loss. Yet I am sure you must feel very proud of him when you think of his having given his life for his country. I buried him in the British cemetery here. At present I cannot tell you the name of the place, but a careful record is kept, and after the war you will be able to learn the exact spot. We have put a white cross at his head, telling his name and regiment, and showing that we believe in the resurrection. You may feel quite sure that the grave will always be looked after, as special arrangements are made for that purpose. May God bless you and support you in your sorrow. – Yours faithfully, Rev. A P Daniels, chaplain.”
Buried Le Touret Military Cemetery Richebourg-L'avoue, France. Research by Colin Dannatt
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