Battle to honour Hucknall’s ‘forgotten heroes’ nears success

Hucknall Cenotaph
Hucknall Cenotaph

THE HEARTFELT campaign to honour ‘Hucknall’s forgotten heroes’ — 100 soldiers whose names are missing from the town’s war memorial — has taken a big step towards success.

For the Hucknall branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) has revealed plans in the pipeline to have a new plaque added to the cenotaph, which stands on Titchfield Park.

Earlier this year, the Dispatch broke exclusive news of the discovery of the missing names — all of which were those of servicemen who fought, and died, during the First World War.

Since then, the British Legion has been working with Ashfield District Council on the project.

But now it needs to clear a major hurdle before the scheme gets fully off the ground.

For those involved want to give family members of the war dead the chance to opt out after taking advice from the War Memorials Trust.

Mick Howard, who is a member of the Hucknall RBL and a retired Army Major, said: “Some of the names may have been missed off at the time because some families might not have wished for them to be recorded on a public memorial.

“Apparently this was not unusual at the time because the concept of war memorials was new to most people. It was only after the First World War that commemorating war casualties became widespread.

“Therefore, with the help of the Dispatch, we would like to inform the residents of Hucknall that we propose to list the missing names on the new plaque on the cenotaph.”

As part of the original article, the Dispatch listed the 100 missing names. From next Monday (July 18), they will appear on our website (www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk) so residents can check if their family members are mentioned.

Mr Howard added: “Should any descendants have any objections, they should contact the Hucknall branch of the Royal British Legion giving their name, contact number and connection to the specific soldier.”

The discovery of the names from the First World War came about after Mr Howard launched a campaign, backed by the Dispatch, to unearth the identities of all Hucknall men and women killed in conflicts since 1945.

This followed a realisation that there were no inscriptions on the cenotaph relating to the last 56 years. This was despite the fact that 1968 was the only year British troops hadn’t been involved in a conflict around the globe since the Second World War.

THE FULL list of Hucknall’s forgotten war-heroes, complete with the date they died in brackets:

GEORGE WILLIAM ALLEN (September 25 1915)

A.ALLSOP (July 71916)

JOSEPH GEORGE ALLWOOD (September 20 1917)

FRED BAILEY (November 28 1916)

CHARLES THOMAS BENTLEY (January 7 1916)

JOHN BOYERS (October 8 1918)

THOMAS BROTHERHOOD (October 12 1917)

HARRY BROWN (November 18 1918)

ERNEST BROWNLOW (March 26 1916)

WILLIAMBULLIN (October 15 1916)

JOHN EDWARD BURTON (September 25 1915)

H.CADWALLENDER (September 16 1916)

HARRY CHAPPELL (October 29 1916)

ARTHUR CLARKE (July 1 1916)

THOMAS EDWARD CLARKE (June 19 1915)

V.CLARKE (August 9 1916)

ALBERT DAVIS (September 26 1918)

JOHN ERNEST DAVIS (June 19 1916)

HAROLD DESBOROUGH (March 13 1915)

WILLIAMDIXON (July 31 1917)

ALBERT WILLIAM DUNN (May 26 1917)

HENRY DUROSE (May 21918)

CHARLES EDGAR DUTTON (April 19 1915)

JOHN EAMES (March 20 1916)

WILLIAM EASOM (September 25 1916)

WILLIAM HENRY FENTON (March 10 1918)

WILLIAM FREE (July 1 1916)

EDWARD GANTON (July 3 1916)

HAROLD WILLIAM GARRATT (September 9 1916)

ARTHUR GOACHER (June 2 1918)

RICHARD GOSLING (September 15 1916)

ALBERT INDER GOSS (August 8 1916)

GEORGE GOULDIN (December 2 1917)

JAMES GOULDIN (January 10 1917)

CHARLES HENRY GRIFFITHS (March 31916)

JOHN WILLIAM HADMAN (September 26 1916)

JOSEPH HAGUE (July 31917)

EDWARD HALL (August 16 1915)

GEORGE HALL (July 11916)

HENRY HALL (July 31 1921)

WILLIAM JAMES HERBERT (April 4 1918)

ARTHUR HERROD (May 31 1916)

JOHN HENRY HILL (July 1 1916)

GEORGE GORDON HODSON (March 10 1918)

CHARLES SPENCER HUGHES (November 9 1916)

WILLIAMHUNT (May 25 1915)

JOSEPH ILLSLEY (July 11916)

CHARLES JOHNSON (December 19 1917)

SAMUEL JONES (October 18 1917)

BENNET KNIGHT (July 14 1916)

STEPHEN LEE (April 28 1917)

HENRY LEIVERS (October 4 1918)

JOHN LOACH (July 4 1916)

JOHN BRADSHAW LOWE (November 8 1918)

JOSEPH LOWNDS (April 17 1917)

ERNEST MARLOW (July 4 1917)

ISAAC MASON (May 8 1915)

ALFRED MOORE (August 20 1918)

BENJAMIN MOORE (June 10 1917)

ELI MOSS (September 5 1916)

GEORGEMURFIN (March 23 1918)

JOSEPH ODAM (August 9 1915)

WILLIAM EDWIN OWEN (September 7 1917)

JOHN PAGE (June 23 1920)

WILLIAM PASS (October 23 1918)

JOHN THOMAS PICKBOURNE (April 24 1918)

ROBERT ETHERINGTON POOLE (July 15 1916)

WILLIAMPOOLE (February 23 1917)

THOMAS RICHARDS (July 22 1916)

ARTHUR RICHARDSON (October 81916)

THOMAS RILEY (July 11916)

JAMES ROBERTS (April 91917)

WILLIS ALBERT ROBINSON (September 16 1916)

WILLIAM SEFTON (September 29 1916)

JOHN ROLAND SEYMOUR (August 3 1918)

WILLIAM SHAW (July 1 1916)

HARRY SHIPLEY (June 7 1917)

JOHN SMITH (January 26 1916)

LEONARD SMITH (September 10 1915)

THOMAS STARBUCK (September 27 1918)

WILLIAM EDWARD STARKEY (August 18 1916)

WILLIAM STOKES (March 12 1915)

JOSEPH SWAIN (July 15 1915)

HORACE CECIL SWALLOW (April 23 1917)

JOHN ROBERT SWALLOW (September 14 1917)

GEORGE HORACE TARLTON (July 1 1916)

LEONARD TEECE (August 9 1915)

FRANCIS LEONARD TERRY (April 18 1917)

WILLIAM EDWARD THORNE (November 13 1916)

ERNEST TODD (March 10 1916)

JOHN THOMAS TOLLEY (April 23 1917)

LESLIE TYERS (June 20 1916)

ALBERT WALKER (July 30 1915)

THOMAS WATSON (August 8 1917)

HENRY WESTON (July 8 1916)

ARTHUR WHITE (November 14 1916)

ALFRED WHITEHALL (September 15 1914)

CHARLES WILKINSON (September 19 1918)

BERTRAM JOHN WOODFORD (March 24 1918)

ERNEST WOOTTON (December 22 1916)