First World War Volunteers outside New Mills Town Hall - Circa 1914

Fred Ibbotson.

Like so many young men during 1914 -1918 era he served his country in "The Great War". He was employed at the "CPA's Birch Vale Print Works" all his working life. And lived at "Spinner Bottom" and later "The Long Row" at "Thornsett".

The "Long Row Thornsett" at the top of picture,

Below photographs taken when Fred was training with the "Sherwood Forresters" in 1915.

Fred right with his friends at "Spinner Bottom Birch Vale".

"Sheffield Barracks" 1915 Fred Ibbotson extreme right.

Sheffield Barracks 1915 Fred holding brush on the right.

When he signed up with theSherwood Forresters they spelt his name wrong - Ibbottson his army number was 81366.he was in N company RAMC Hillsborough Barracks Sheffield.
I have various letters and post cards from Fred during his service - he was at Neuve Chapelle 12-03-1915, Gommecourt Jan 1916, and the 3rd Battle of Ypres 1917, Rouen 06-06-1916 and Bonn 24-02-1919 awaiting demob-at Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Bruder Hospital.

Information and images donated by David Ibbotson his grandson.

Goal keaper Fred with football team "Printers Arms" Thornsett pree 1914.

Pictures and detail kindly provided by: David Ibbotson his grandson.
Bob Arnfield and his older brother Harry enlisted for the army (2nd/6th Sherwood Foresters) with New Mills Band on 14 Nov 1914 when Bob was aged 14.

Young recruits 2/6 Notts derbys Buxton winter 1914/15.

Arnfield's Works New Mills in first World War Circa 1915. Works used to manufacture ammunition. Photo shows workers with shells. On extreme right is Mr Arnfield the owner's son who lived at Beech house, Church Lane. Second on right in group of five ladies in second row is Mrs Selina Barton (Bill Barton's father's first wife.) Second from left in front row, kneeling, is George Wheeldon. On extreme left and right are the two Mr Arnfields. In centre of window at rear is Frank Bowden. Fourth from right in third row from front, beneath Frank Bowden, is Mary Baum.

Herbert Chadwick

Herbert Chadwick born1900 in Newtown survived WW1.

Herbert grooms a regiment horse

Norman Chadwick

Herberts brother - Rifleman 42285. 3rd Battalion. 3rd New Zealand. Rifle brigade.

Killed in action 12th October 1917. Aged 30, son of Mr and Mrs Squire Chadwick, of Hyde Bank Road. New Mills.

Emigrated to New Zealand around 1910. Where he became a marine engineer enlisted in New Zealand.

Norman had only been in the line for twelve days when he was killed.

Chaplain Otalis wrote "I was one of a carrying up party on the 12th October, of which Rifleman Chadwick was a member. At about 4 o'clock in the morning I went across to the dug out occupied by Chadwick and another man. The dug out was blown in. The other occupant had his leg broken. He said that Chadwick was dead in the ruins.

Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial- Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Tyne Cot memorial is the largest of the commonwealth war grave cemeteries. Containing nearly 12,000 burials with an additional 35,000 names of those with no known grave commemorated on the memorial.

Herbert's father Squire Chadwick

William Thompson

Private 34595

13th Bn, Cheshire Regiment

Who died on 4th November 1916. Age 23

These early photographs of war graves do not have the ordered layout that we see today in the War Graves Commission illustrations.

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New Millls Old Prize Band before the war.

New Mills Old Prize Band in First World War recruitment march.The band joined up together as the Sherwood Forester Band.

New Mills Band c.1914 - Location ? - Perhaps Buxton.

New Mills Band in soldiers uniform with tents behind them, unknown location.- Perhaps Territorial Army Sherwood Foresters c1913

World War 1 c1913. Group including Mr Samuel Vickers and other New Mills men in the Notts and Derby Territorial Army during the First World War


Charles Cooper's funeral - 1st man from New Mills to be killed in action in the First World War. Buried in St George's Parish Churchyard.

Charles Cooper, Private, 2595. 1st/ 6th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. Died of Wounds 9th June 1915. Aged 29.
Son of Charles and Martha Cooper of Torr Top; Husband of Elizabeth Cooper of 14, New Street, New Mills.
Employed as an Engraver at Walter Campbell's & Co Works St. Georges Road. Member of the New Mills Old Prize Band.
Buried at (St. George) Church Yard with Full Military Honours.

Manchester Evening News 8th. June 1915

From Boy Scout to Soldier, Private Charles Cooper, son of Charles Cooper and son in law of ex Police Constable Clarke of New Mills has been seriously wounded in action. he belongs to the Sherwood Foresters. Private Cooper who is in a critical condition in hospital at Waterloo, London, has two brothers at the front. He was one of the founders and trainers of the New Mills Boy Scouts and bugler in the troop.

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For many later years this was to become the home of Eric Evans and his father Steven Evans the owners of the now closed "Kinder Press" situated in Torr Top New Mills.

Minnie Formby Fisher....
Also I have attached a photo of my gran taken in about 1915-16 working as a nurses aid (in New Mills), I don’t think she was a VAD. Is there any way of finding out which hospital she would have worked?

A picture donated by Gail Blackmore (With text). Any further information appreciated.

Corporal Fred Brocklehurst in military uniform of Royal Engineers on motorcycle.

Alfred Shaw

Manchester Pals.

Birth Place: New Mills, Derbyshire
Residence: New Mills

Killed in action 4 Oct 1918 : Flanders France

Enlistment Place: Manchester
Rank: L Sergeant
Regiment: Manchester Regiment
Battalion: 21st Battalion
Regimental Number: 18719

Theatre of War: Western European Theatre

Private Harry Griffin

1st Battallion the Kings Liverpool Regiment:

Private 28257 of the First Kings( Liverpool Regiment ) Who died on 27th September 1915 .

He was born at Whatstandwell in Derbyshire and killed at the battle of Loos aged 29 , previously wounded at Flanders .

Harry was the son of Harry and Mary Ann Griffin of Poets cottage , Eaves Knoll, New Mills , Derbyshire .

He worked in the colour shop at Strines print works.

He was also a member of New Mills Old Prize Band .

Harry was burried at Cambrin Military Cemetery , Grave Reference : D . 13 .I.

Ernest Boyle,

Corporal 39173. 4th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment.

Died of wounds 11th April 1918. aged 30.

Son of D. J. Boyle, of New Mills; husband of Mary Boyle of 4, Lea Street, and a father of two.

A junior partner in the building firm S. D. Boyle, and a well known musician Ernest had, for seventeen years played in the towns annual performance of "The Messiah" at the Town Hall.

Connected with ThePprimitive Methodist Church.

Had been in France for eight months when he was taken prisoner on the 10th April died the following day. Commemorated Tourcoing (Pont-Neuville) Communal Cemetery-Nord.

Ernest Boyle wife Polly (Mary Evans)
Dorothea and Ernest

Ernest's wife Polly (Mary Evans) as younger girl.

Harry Berrisford, Private, Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt).

Killed 9th August 1915, near Hooge. Aged 21. Son of Henry Berrisford of Piece Farm, New Mills. Employed by his father on the farm.
The family received a letter from Private Tom Conley conveying the news that Harry had fallen in action. It read: -

Dear Mr and Mrs Beresford,
Just a few lines to let you know about the death of your son, who fell on the last of the day, on August 9th. There was a rough deal for a position out here, and hundreds of our men fell in taking this position. I and a lot more men went out at night to bury the dead. I happened to have the luck to come across him, along with others who we buried. He had in his pockets some photographs relating to you, and another of Miss Fielding, of Lowleighton. We had to abandon the job of burying them owing to it getting too hot, the Germans firing bombs on to us. At the time of writing we are having it hot; so no more at present from one who is suffering from the effects of the strain we have all of us had from the start.

We get it rough, and not much rest. We are all deadbeat to the world. I think, along with the rest of the lads, that it is time someone took it up for us.

Hooge is a small village on the Menin Road (the N8), around two miles east of Ypres. The front line of the Salient was here in 1914 and there was fierce fighting in the area over the next three years, during which the village was totally destroyed. The road from Ypres to Hooge leads past the infamous Hellfire corner, once one of the most dangerous spots in the Salient.

Piece Farm, Castle Edge Road New Mills as it is today.

Frank Marchington, Private, 242003.

2nd/ 6th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment.

Shot by a sniper 7th may 1917. Aged 19.

Son of P Marchington, of 36, Chapel Street, New Mills.

Attended the Primitive Methodist Sunday School.

Employed by David Howard medical botanist.

Commemorated Hargicourt British Cemetery - Aisne, France.

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