Updated 21 Jun 2009
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Bonsall War Memorial 1914-1919
This memorial lists 44 dead, or 1 in 5 of the men of Bonsall
who would have been 17-32 in 1918.
This is a terrible butcher's bill for a village with a
population of 1,360 in 1901.
An attempt has been made to link the names on this memorial
with the 1901 Census.
If the reader can find any errors,
please contact the webmaster on
To the Memory
Men of Bonsall
who fell in the
Photo taken 2008 by Julie Hawksworth.
Annual armistice service, perhaps in the 1920s
(photo sent by Glynn Waite)
Boy plays sunset on a cornet
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Glynn Waite writes:
.... Also from Bonsall is a card of some unknown event at the War Memorial.
I am sure it's not connected with the unveiling of the memorial, as this
took place in 1921. It has Harry Gill's stamp on the back. As far as I am
aware, Harry did not start taking photos until around 1930. Perhaps it is
just a scene at the annual armistice service.
Regarding the Bonsall War Memorial, you have one of the links to the 1901
census wrong - that of Charles Gratton. He was the brother of Thomas Gratton
(in the entry above), shown as Charlie in the census - the name he was
generally known by. I know that this is correct as he was my grandfather!
The CWCG website will confirm that he was the son of Benjamin and Mary
Gratton. Although his date of death is shown as 27.11.1917, he was only
reported missing at that time. They never found his body and, I assume, that
the last time he was seen was confirmed as his date of death when the war
Thomas Gratton, by the way, was killed on 5.8.1917. He was married and lived
at 42 The Hill, Cromford. As a result, his name also appears on the Cromford
A final comment in this e-mail. In connection with the renovation of the
station buildings at Cromford, I have written a book for the Arkwright
Society about the station's history. Details of the contents can be found on
the Pynot Publishing website
As you will see there are also appendices relating to staff. Should you want
a copy, you can get one from me direct post free (cheque payable to me) -
but I appreciate, of course, this may not be of particular interest to you.
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