We remember the following men who died in August between 1914-1918 and are commemorated on Old Whittington and the Brushes War Memorial.

J W Shawcroft          8th August 1918

John Short                 8th August 1916

Albert Hewitt          10th August 1916

T WM S Pendleton 10th August 1917

Vincent Cooke        13th August 1916
(Vincents story can be read at https://oldwhittingtonops.com/cooke-vincent/ )

J Vaughn                 16th August 1917

John Newey            17th August 1917

Perhaps some day the sun will shine again,
And I shall see that still the skies are blue,
And feel once more I do not live in vain,
Although bereft of You.

Perhaps the golden meadows at my feet
Will make the sunny hours of spring seem gay,
And I shall find the white May-blossoms sweet,
Though You have passed away.

Perhaps the summer woods will shimmer bright,
And crimson roses once again be fair,
And autumn harvest fields a rich delight,
Although You are not there.

Perhaps some day I shall not shrink in pain
To see the passing of the dying year,
And listen to Christmas songs again,
Although You cannot hear.

But though kind Time may many joys renew,
There is one greatest joy I shall not know
Again, because my heart for loss of You
Was broken, long ago.

Perhaps By Vera Brittain (taken from http://www.theweek.co.uk/…/twelve-great-first-world-war-poe…)



The Brushes War Memorial

I found a piece in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph 13th June 1922 detailing the unveiling of the War Memorial, the transcript is below.

Captain Victor Robinson, MC unveiled the Sheepbridge and Brushes War Memorial, which is a bronze tablet affixed to the wall of The Brushes Council School. The tablet contains the name of the soldiers from the Old Whittington parish who made the supreme sacrifice. The Rev. E. A. Crompton (Rector of Whittington) dedicated the memorial.


When The Brushes school was demolished the plaque was saved and is now situated close to where the old school was on the old Sheffield road (B6057).

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We remember two men from Whittington who died on 3rd July 1916.

George Bates who came from Church Street Old Whittington and is buried in Montauban Cemetery France.

Fred Lilliman who came from Station Lane Old Whittington and is buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extension. He was 27. I have already completed my research on Fred and you can read it here https://oldwhittingtonops.com/lilliman-fred/

Both men were serving with the 9th Battalion Scottish Rifles and they are both remembered on Old Whittington and The Brushes War Memorials.



Old Whittington and The Brushes suffered  many casualties during the month of July.  Especially  July 1916, which most of us will now know as the month the Battle of the Somme started.  1st July 1916 is one of the most infamous days of WW1.  Old Whittington lost 2 men on the first day and overall on that first day there were 57,470 British casualties, including 19,240 men killed.

We remember the following men who died in July:

Robert Bunting          1 July 1916

Clarence Hewitt        1 July 1916

Sam Waine                 2 July 1918

George Bates             3 July 1916

Fred  Lilliman           3 July 1916

George Barker         14 July 1916

Wm Leachman        14 July 1916

Harry Lilliman        14 July 1916

Fredk C Massey       14 July 1916

Archie Newell          14 July 1916

Wm Whitmore        23 July 1918

Jno Thos Warwick  25 July 1916

Ernest Watts            29 July 1915

Geo Isaac Fearn      31 July 1916


For the Fallen

By Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,

England mourns for her dead across the sea.

Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,

Fallen in the cause of the free.


Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal

Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,

There is music in the midst of desolation

And a glory that shines upon our tears.


They went with songs to the battle, they were young,

Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.

They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;

They fell with their faces to the foe.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.


They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;

They sit no more at familiar tables of home;

They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;

They sleep beyond England’s foam.


But where our desires are and our hopes profound,

Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,

To the innermost heart of their own land they are known

As the stars are known to the Night;


As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,

Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;

As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,

To the end, to the end, they remain.

(Above casualty figures taken from http://www.iwm.org.uk)


Old Whittington War Memorial Dedication

When I was researching the men on the War Memorial I came across this report in the Derbyshire Courier 26th February 1921, of when the War Memorial at Old Whittington was unveiled. (Transcription below)

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I have transcribed it exactly as it appears in the newspaper.


War Memorial Unveiled at Old Whittington

Old Whittington War Memorial was dedicated and unveiled on Sunday afternoon before a large crowd.  There were present the Whittington Moor, the New Whittington and the Old Whittington branches of the Comrades of the Great War, the 2nd Whittington Girl Guides, the Sheepbridge Britannia Lodge of Buffaloes, the Staveley Comrades Military Band and the Sheepbridge Works Brass Band, as well as a congregation of about a thousand.

The monument is surmounted by a four fold cross, and in this feature it is probably unique. It is built entirely of Derbyshire Grit, symbolical(as Mr E D Swanwick, the treasurer to the war Memorial Committee, aptly put it) of the grit of the men whose memory it commemorated.  The cross stands immediately in front of the old Revolution House.  It was designed by Mr J Syddall and constructed by Mr T Moxon, both local men.  It cost £331 3s and up to date, including a sum of £42 4s 8d brought forward from the Peace Demonstration Funds, £253 4s 11d has been received, leaving a deficit of £77 18s 1d.

The Memorial was unveiled by Brigadier-General G M Jackson, who said it devolved upon the present generation, who went through the War and who lived with and knew the valiant heroes whose memories were being commemorated, to see that these men had not given their lives in vain, and to see that the ideals for which they fought and died, were eventually realised.  In these days of abnormality, and in the aftermath of War, it behoved us to keep before our eyes the sacrifices which had been made by these heroes.  Derbyshire had a glorious record.  Something like 10 per cent of the whole population of the county went to the War, and of these about one in seven were killed.

Mr J H Green, the Chairman of the War Memorial Committee, commenting on the number of wreaths and flowers brought by the bereaved wives and parents to place at the foot of the Memorial, said he hoped all the flowers would not be saved for those who were dead.

“I think it is better to strew flowers in the path of people while they live rather than save them until they are dead” he said.

Mr Barnet Kenyon MP said, as surely as we had risen out of what appeared to be a hopeless condition of things in 1917, so should we rise out of the present industrial troubles if only we grappled with the situation in the same spirit that helped the men and women of Whittington to give that Memorial in commemoration of their dead. Now they had fought and won, he wanted them to remember there was one thing to realise – he was speaking to employers and employed – and that was that the remedy to get back to normality was in their own hands.

The dedication service was conducted by the Rev. G Ford, Rector of Whittington, and the Rev. G Elliott Lee, of Staveley.

The names inscribed on the Memorial are:  Horace Aaron, Harry Adams, John Atkinson, George Barber, (Actually George Barker), George Bates, William Arthur Belfitt, Reginald Benton, Wm Henry Bestwick, George Bonson, Arthur Booth, William Bowman,  John T Bunting, Robert Bunting, Alexander Carlile, John Carlile, Percy Carlile, Frank Charnley, Matthew Clayton, Vincent Cook, Norman Dennison, Reginald Draycott, Bernard Dyson, Kenneth Eveleigh, Abraham Fearn, George Isaac Fearn, Charles Fearn, William Fisher, William Leslie Gaunt, Herbert Gaunt, Ernest Gilberthorpe, Archibald H Gill, Harold S Green, C G Hemstock, William Hewitt, Clarence Hewitt, Albert Hewitt, Henry Higginbottom, George Kirk, Joseph Kynaston, William Leachman, Charles Leggitt, Horace Lewis, Charles Lievesley (DCM), Fred Lilliman, Harry Lilliman, Christopher Loomes (DCM), Bertram Love, Thomas Mason, Frederick. C Massey, Fred Mitchell, John McGee, Archie Newell, John Newey, Joseph Norton, Stanley Pardy, T W S Pendleton, W Henry Reynolds, Seth Rich, Fred Robinson, J W Shawcroft, John Short, John Smedley, George Sims, John Smith, John Smitheman, Ben Siddall, George Straw, Fred Taylor, Harry Taylor, George Thorne, Joseph Thurman, William James Thurman, J Vaughan, Sam Waine, Frederick Walker, J T Warrick, Ernest Watts, Frank Wheelhouse, William Whitmore, H Widdowson, William Wood

It sounds as though it would have been a very moving event for the bereaved families.  Looking at the names listed like this I now realise how much more research I have to do.

Again I would ask if any descendants would like to share any information or photographs on the website then I would love to hear from them. I can be contacted via this website or via the facebook page Old Whittington one Place Study.



Photo courtesy of Chesterfield Museum