Sunday, 11 November 2018


Today as we remember all of the casualties of WW1, we remember an Old Whittington man who died on 11th November 1915, Reginald Draycott who was 20 years old when he was killed and is buried at Rue-des-Berceaux Military Cemetery.

Reginalds story can be read here

11th November 1918

As we remember all of the Old Whittington men here are some of the pictures

Friday, 9 November 2018


I have just finished my research on the life of Edwin Hewkin who lived for a time on Sheffield Road Brushes/Sheepbridge area. He was listed as missing on 3rd May 1917, he was 25 years old. 

Edwin is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and remembered on the Old Whittington and Brushes War memorials.

Edwins story can be read here

Friday, 2 November 2018


I am currently researching W H Beswick who lived at Church Street Old Whittington, and came across this photograph in the Derbyshire Times 28th October 1916. 

William died on 15th September 1916 aged 29 years. If there are any descendants of the Beswick family who would like to contribute to Williams story then please get in touch either through this page or via the website contact page

Thursday, 1 November 2018



In this month of the centennial of the Armistice we remember the following men from Old Whittington and the Brushes who died in November between 1914-1918.

Charles Leggitt        5th November 1917

Bernard Dyson        6th November 1918

Reginald Draycott   11th November 1915

Matthew Clayton     22nd November 1915

Walter Butt              30th November 1917

I have already researched Matthew's,Bernard's and Reginald's stories and they can be read at


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

by John McCrae, May 1915
(November 30th 1872 - January 28th 1918)

Tuesday, 30 October 2018


I called at Old Whittington library this afternoon to check on the WW1 display. 

There have been a few visitors who have left encouraging comments. Its nice to know that the display is creating some interest.

A lady called Veronica Sanderson Element contacted me to ask if she could add her grandfather (John Sanderson)to the display. Although he survived the war he never recovered from his experiences and Veronica has written a lovely tribute to him.

I have attached a copy of this for you to read in case you have no opportunity to visit the display.

Monday, 29 October 2018


I have just completed my research into the life of George Straw who died on 18th September 1918 and his story can be read at