Updated 10 Dec 2006
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
John William CLOUGH 1888-1914
Mary Elizabeth CLOUGH 1866-1909
John William Clough 1888-1914
Mary Elizabeth Clough 1866-1909
Simon Johnson writes:
Attached is a scanned image of a memorial card for Private John William
Clough of Wirksworth. He was the second of ten children born to William and
Mary Elizabeth Clough. He was killed in action in France on the 20th of
October 1914, aged 26 years, and his name is commemorated on the war
memorial at Wirksworth. He has no known grave, so we assume that the card
must have been produced for a memorial service in his honour at Wirksworth.
I am in the process of typing up a history of John Willie's life, compiled
from stories told by John Willie's remaining nieces and nephews and from
viewing the Sherwood Foresters war diaries and will forward this to you as
soon as I have it complete, so that the passage can sit alongside the
memorial card on the Wirksworth site.
The attached memorial card was produced for the funeral service for John
Willie's mother, Mary Elizabeth Clough, of Wirksworth. She died on the 22nd
of September 1909, aged 43 years, and was buried in Wirksworth Cemetery.
As with her son, John Willie, I am currently writing the
history of Mary's ife, and will forward this to you to place on the site
with the memorial card. Briefly, she was born Mary Elizabeth Walker
at Blackbrook, which at
that time was situated in the Duffield parish. Mary was born on the 11th of
November 1866 and was the youngest of ten children born to Henry and Sarah
Walker. Her father was a master stone mason, and Mary was raised at
Shottlegate. In 1885, Mary married a quarry labourer named William Clough at
Wirksworth Parish Church and gave birth to ten children at Wirksworth
between 1886 and 1904.
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