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  1. page V. A. ALBRECHT edited Albrecht, Vannio Max, Pilot Vaudrey Adolph, Major (retired), His Majesty's Army, and Flying Offi…
    Albrecht, Vannio Max, PilotVaudrey Adolph, Major (retired), His Majesty's Army, and Flying Officer, 63437, 102 Squadron, Royal Air Force VolunteerForce, Service No: 12179.
    Born in the second quarter of 1888 in Worsley, Lancashire. Son of John Adolph and Florence Mary Albrecht; living in Fair View, Broadoak, Lancashire. His father was a Surgeon.
    Appointment: London Gazette 18th February 1910, 3rd Battalion, The Manchester Regiment, Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht, to be Second Lieutenant (on probation). Dated 19th February 1910.
    Appointment: London Gazette 21st May 1912, The East Lancashire Regiment, Second Lieutenant Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht, from 3rd Battalion The Manchester Regiment.
    Appointment cancelled: London Gazette 7th June 1912,The East Lancashire Regiment, the appointment of Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht to a Second Lieutenancy, which appeared in the London Gazette of the 21st May 1912, is cancelled.
    Appointment confirmed: London Gazette 7th June 1912,The Manchester Regiment, Second Lieutenant Second Lieutenant Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht, from 3rd Battalion, to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 8th June 1912.
    Appointment: London Gazette 9th June 1914, The Manchester Regiment, Second Lieutenant Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht to be Lieutenant. Dated 28th April 1914.
    Appointment: London Gazette 14th January 1916, Lieutenant Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht, Manchester Regiment.
    Granted aviators certificate (1703) by the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom, on 7th September 1915 to Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht (Maurice Farman Biplane, Military School, Birmingham).
    Listed in No. 5
    Reserve
    Died
    Aeroplane Squadron between 07 August 1915 and 23rd May 1916, Lieutenant, Captain Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht.
    Mentioned in dispatches for service with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, London Gazette,
    1st November 1941 aged 28
    Son
    December 1916, during operations of Mr.the Force from the 1st June to 30th September 1916 with the names of those officers and Mrs. A.M.men who have rendered distinguished service during the period under review including Royal Flying Corps. Captain Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht M.C., Manchester Regiment.
    Mentioned in dispatches for distinguished war service; Edinburgh Gazette 6th January 1919, Major Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht M.C. (I. Force France).
    Appointment to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of distinguished service rendered during the War; London Gazette 3rd June 1919. To be Officer of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order, Major Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht M.C., (Manchester Regiment), (I. Force, France).
    The under mentioned is granted a temporary commission in the ranks stated, on seconding for four years' duty with the R.A.F., London Gazette, 10th October 1922, Flight Lieutenant Vaudrey Adolph
    Albrecht, O.B.E., M.C., Captain Manchester Regt. 25th September 1922.
    The under mentioned resigned the short service commission, London Gazette 13 October 1925 Flight Lieutenant Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht (Captain Manchester Regiment), relinquishes his temporary commission on being placed on the half-pay list (Army) on account
    of Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex.
    Commemorated
    ill health. 14th October 1925.
    Granted commission for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officer on probation, London Gazette 30th July 1940, Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht (81797) 8th July 1940.
    The under mentioned Pilot Officer is granted the war substantive rank of Flying Officer, London Gazette, 22nd August 1941, Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht, O.B.E., M.C. (12179) 9th April 1941.
    The under mentioned officer on probation is confirmed in the appointment as Flying Officer, London Gazette, 12th September, 1941,Vaudrey Adolph Albrecht, O.B.E., M.C. (12179) 8th July 1941.
    Vaüdrey Adolph Albrecht, died 7th September 1944 aged 56 years. At the time he was living at ‘Hillcrest’ Littleover, Derbyshire he was a retired Major of His Majesty's Army, and a Member of the Royal Air Force. He was living with his sister Eileen Mary Albrecht, a spinster.
    It is unknown where he is buried; his death was registered in the 3rd quarter 1944 in Shardlow R.D.C, which covered Littleover. He is commemorated
    on the Runnymede Memorial, SurreyWar Memorial in Littleover (St Peter’s Church) Graveyard.
    (Information kindly provided by Chris Drury)

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Tuesday, March 27

  1. page G. L. COUSENS edited ... Leonard was the second son of Robert Henry (1861-1902) and Rosanna (née Smith, 1860-1900) Cous…
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    Leonard was the second son of Robert Henry (1861-1902) and Rosanna (née Smith, 1860-1900) Cousens. His parents were from the London area; his older brother, Robert, was born in Hampstead in 1891. But by the time Leonard was born in 1894, they had moved to the Kingston area and in 1901 they were living in Hampton Wick, just across the river. His parents both died young and in the 1911 census the two boys were living with their maternal uncle, William John Nimmo Smith, a retired milliner and fancy draper, of 20, Byron Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire. Leonard was then apprenticed to his uncle’s trade.
    At some stage, he moved to Ockbrook, changing his trade to dairyman, and married Daisy Constance Wills at St Werburgh’s Church, Spondon on 20 November 1915. She, too, was not a Spondon native, living with her grandparents in Cambridge Street. Her mother had died soon after her birth and her father re-married.
    ...
    William Johnson. She died in 1993, not quite reaching her 100th birthday.
    {War Memorials EE 1166.jpg} Grave of Leonard Gordon Cousens, Martinsart British Cemetery
    Spondon
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  2. page G. L. COUSENS edited Cousens, Leonard Gordon, Private, 325735, 17th Battalion, Royal Scots Formerly 36612, Nottinghamsh…
    Cousens, Leonard Gordon, Private, 325735, 17th Battalion, Royal Scots
    Formerly 36612, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment
    Born Wimbledon, Surrey
    Enlisted Derby
    Resided Spondon, Derbyshire
    Killed in action 27th April 1918 aged 24
    Husband of Daisy Constance Cousens, of 25, Milton Street, West Bromwich
    Buried in Martinsart British Cemetery, I, D, 15
    1911 Census
    A draper's apprentice
    Nephew
    Leonard was the second son of Robert Henry (1861-1902) and Rosanna (née Smith, 1860-1900) Cousens. His parents were from the London area; his older brother, Robert, was born in Hampstead in 1891. But by the time Leonard was born in 1894, they had moved to the Kingston area and in 1901 they were living in Hampton Wick, just across the river. His parents both died young and in the 1911 census the two boys were living with their maternal uncle, William John
    ...
    Road, Sheffield, Yorkshire
    Also
    Yorkshire. Leonard was then apprenticed to his uncle’s trade.
    At some stage, he moved to Ockbrook, changing his trade to dairyman, and married Daisy Constance Wills at St Werburgh’s Church, Spondon on 20 November 1915. She, too, was not a Spondon native, living with her grandparents in Cambridge Street. Her mother had died soon after her birth and her father re-married.
    Leonard is also
    named on
    ...
    Railway Memorial, Derby. ADerby as a shop clerk,clerk in the chief mechanical
    ...
    department, Derby presumably a career change after his marriage. Daisy and Leonard had one son, Ronald Gordon, born on 8 May 1917. After Leonard’s death, Daisy returned to her family roots in West Bromwich, remarrying in 1924 to William Johnson.
    {War Memorials EE 1166.jpg} Grave of Leonard Gordon Cousens, Martinsart British Cemetery
    Spondon
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Tuesday, March 13

  1. page MOULT, SAMUEL W. edited {moult samuel walker.JPG} Samuel Walker MoultMoult, Samuel Walker, Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalio…
    {moult samuel walker.JPG} Samuel Walker MoultMoult, Samuel Walker, Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment
    BornSamuel was the second son of Thomas (1861-1931) and Emma (née Walker, 1861-1921) Moult. Their other children were Thomas Henry (1886-1960) and Esther Isabel (1889-1968).
    All three were born in
    Spondon, Derbyshire
    Killed
    although the family moved to “Ellerslie” in action 15th September 1916 aged 28
    Son
    Borrowash by 1911. Thomas senior was a tailor and both sons followed in his footsteps, with Samuel involved in the Ashbourne branch of the business. The main branch was in the Market Place, Derby according to the report of the death of Thomas senior, with the business being continued by Thomas junior.
    In 1911, Samuel is listed as a tailor’s cutter in Ashbourne, living with his sister
    and Emma Moult,sister-in-law, Annie (née Thompson)
    Samuel is commemorated on the headstone
    of Ellerslie, Borrowash, Derby.
    Commemorated
    his grandparents, Samuel and Mary Walker-Smith in Spondon, although this erroneously says that he is buried in Ginchy in France. Although there was a battle there on 9 September 1916, during the Somme campaign there is no CWGC cemetery of that name, and Samuel is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
    1911 Census
    A tailor's cutter
    Brother
    memorial.
    Samuel is the paternal first cousin
    of Annie Moult, of Granby House, St. John's Street, Ashbourne, DerbyshireJames Coxon Walker Smith.
    Ashbourne News, 29th September 1916
    We regret to learn that Second-Lieutenant Samuel Walker Moult, second son of Mr. T. Moult, of the Corn-market, Derby, and of Ellerslie, Borrowash, has been killed in action in France. Lieut. Moult was well known and greatly respected in Ashbourne, where, at the time of his enlistment about two years ago, he was managing his father’s business in St. John-street. He joined the army at a time when the Germans had arrived within measurable distance of Paris, and his action clearly illustrated his manliness and conception of duty. He first served in the 17th Lancers, and was drafted to the Curragh, afterwards receiving a commission on May 6th, 1915, in the special reserve of officers attached to the Sherwood Foresters. He underwent all his training at their northern headquarters, and proceeded to the front in May last. Lieut. Moult was a keen cricketer, having inherited his father’s fondness for the game, and he had played for several clubs in the Derby district. During his residence in Ashbourne he was a member of the Bowling Club, among the members of which he was very popular. He had taken a great interest in Church work, being ever ready to help any movement that had for its object the promotion of the interests of boys and youths, and at Spondon and Ashbourne he was connected with the Parish Church choir. His death at the age of 28 is widely deplored, and much sympathy is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Moult and the family in their bereavement.
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  2. page J. C. WALKER-SMITH edited ... A lace draughtsman Son of Charles Walker Smith, a sub postmaster, and Lucy Walker Smith, of t…
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    A lace draughtsman
    Son of Charles Walker Smith, a sub postmaster, and Lucy Walker Smith, of the Post Office, 22, Chapel Street, Spondon, Derbyshire
    He is the paternal first cousin of Samuel Walker Moult.
    {War Memorials AV 183.jpg} Family headstone commemorating James Coxon Walker Smith, Spondon Cemetery
    Spondon
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Monday, March 12

  1. page J. KELLEY edited Kelley, Edward Edward John Mosby Kelley was the oldest son of Edward (1854-1888) and Ann (née …
    Kelley, EdwardEdward John Mosby Kelley was the oldest son of Edward (1854-1888) and Ann (née Mosby, Lance Corporal, 534656, 15th Battalion, London Regiment
    Born
    1862-1926) Kelley. He was born in 1Q1885 at Talke of Hill, Staffordshire
    Enlisted
    in Staffordshire. His sister, Annie Louise (1886-1938) was also born there but by 1888, the family had moved to Audley, a few miles away. That year, a younger brother, George was born but died within 12 months as well their father, Edward.
    In the 1901 census, Ann and her daughter Annie were living in Chesterfield, but Edward was now lodging in
    Derby
    Killed
    and working as a bank clerk. In 1911, he was lodging with his aunt, Margaret Kelley in action 25th August 1918 aged 33
    Husband
    St Thomas’ Road, Derby.
    In 1912, Edward married Gertrude Irene Mansfield (1889-1923) at St Joseph Roman Catholic Chapel in Derby but there were no children
    of G. I. Kelley,the marriage.
    The Derbyshire Advertiser
    of 47,14 September 1918, reporting his death on 25 August, said that he had joined up 18 months previously. He was then working at Parr’s bank and living (with Gertrude) at 47 Chatsworth Street, Derby
    Buried
    Derby. He is buried in Gomiecourt
    ...
    E, 7
    1911 Census
    A bank clerk
    Nephew of Margaret Eliza Kelley,

    Parr’s Bank amalgamated with the London County and Westminster Bank, which eventually became NatWest; Edward is commemorated on
    a schoolmistress, of 98, St. Thomas' Road, Derby plaque in their St Peter’s Street branch. Whilst he is listed on the Spondon memorial, his links to the community have not yet been discovered. Gertrude re-married, in 1922 to Raymond Johnson but died within the year. Again, there seems to be no connection to Spondon. Edward’s sister and mother remained in Chesterfield until their deaths.
    Derby (Nat West Bank)
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Friday, March 9

  1. page J. CYRIL WOOLLEY edited ... Battalion, Sherwood Foresters Branch ForestersBranch at 1st ... The Northumberland Huss…
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    Battalion, Sherwood Foresters
    Branch
    ForestersBranch at 1st
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    The Northumberland Hussars
    Born: Derby
    Residence: Derby
    Died
    HussarsBorn: DerbyResidence: DerbyDied 2nd March 1944
    Aged
    1944Aged 20
    Son of James and Adeliza Woolley, of Ambergate, Derbyshire
    Buried in Beach Head War Cemetery, Anzio, Italy, Grave Reference: I G 6
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  2. page J. CYRIL WOOLLEY edited ... Aged 20 Son of James and Adeliza Woolley, of Ambergate, Derbyshire ... Cemetery, Anzio, I…
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    Aged 20
    Son of James and Adeliza Woolley, of Ambergate, Derbyshire
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    Cemetery, Anzio, Italy, Grave Reference:
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  3. page RAY CECIL edited ... Aged 25 Son of Samuel Kay and Mary E Ray, of Ridgeway, Ambergate, Derbyshire ... War Cemet…
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    Aged 25
    Son of Samuel Kay and Mary E Ray, of Ridgeway, Ambergate, Derbyshire
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    War Cemetery, Germany, Grave Reference:
    Per Soldiers Died: Died 19th April 1945
    Ambergate
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