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Born: 1896, Midgley
Died: 22 February 1917, Boulogne
Buried: Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Address: 3 Ashgrove, Greengates
Parents: Joseph & Emma
Siblings: Ada, Fred, Edith, James, Annie
Occupation: Painter’s apprentice
Organisations/clubs: Choir, bell ringer, Apperley Bridge AFC
Rank: Signaller
Rolls of Honour: Greengates
Regiment: Sherwood Foresters
Albert Earnshaw
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Albert was born in Midgley in 1896, shortly after which the family moved to Eccleshill. Whether that was before or after his father, Joseph, died we don’t know but certainly by the 1901 census Emma was a widow living with her family at Stockhall Fold. Ten years later they had moved to Greengates and Albert was working as a painter’s apprentice. On 2 March 1917, the Shipley Times & Express reported: Deep sympathy will be felt with Mrs Earnshaw of 52 Ashgrove, Greengates, in the loss she has sustained in the death of her youngest son, Albert Earnshaw of
the Sherwood Foresters, who died in hospital in France on February 22nd from bronchitis Signaller Earnshaw who was 21 years of age, enlisted in February 1916, went to France on Christmas Day and was taken ill on the 10th February. He was very highly respected in the village and was connected with the Parish Church, being a former member of the choir and one of the bell-ringers He was also a scholar in the Sunday School He was a popular member of the
Liberal Club and as a token of respect the flag at the club is hoisted at half-mast. He was an ardent lover of sport and played regularly with the Apperley Bridge AFC and other junior organisations The news of Signaller Earnshaw’s death was conveyed in a letter from Sister Woodward who wrote: “I am sorry have to write to tell you that your son died last night soon after nine o’clock. He became much worse in the afternoon, soon after I had
previously written to you, and died quietly in his sleep. He did not suffer any pain but he was very weak and exhausted. “He had been with us just a week and though he was very ill he hoped he might get over his illness but yesterday he became much worse and we knew there was no hope for him.” Since the death of Signaller Earnshaw became known, his mother has been the recipient of many messages of sympathy and condolence and we are asked to extend her thanks to those who have so kindly expressed their sympathy in her sad bereavement.
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