Oldershaw, Herbert, Died 4th Sep 1914

Herbert Oldershaw.   1890 – 1914 Regn No 13655.

Herbert was the son of Sarah Elizabeth & Samuel Oldershaw, born in 1890 in St Mary’s Nottingham. Samuel looks like to have been a full-time serving soldier, having served in Ireland where their first child Annie Elizabeth was born. The two boys, Philip & Herbert were born in Nottingham.

Philip was also in WW1 but as a “Leading Signalman” on the Torpedo Boat “HMS Bulwark”

Herbert was married   in March Qtr 1913 to Violet A Chambers   in Nottingham, they settled in Rugby where Herbert worked at BTH in the Turbine Dept.   Violet & Herbert had a daughter , Ivy born June Qtr 1914 in Rugby. Shortly before leaving for France.

The information below is taken from his Regimental No 13655.

Herbert Oldershaw served in the Grenadier Guards, 2nd Battalion, Regimental No 13655.

He was awarded 3 medals;   Victory Medal, British Medal, 14 Star   and Clasp. As found on the Medal Roll of Honour.   Qualifying Date. 13th August 1914. Also stated “Dead Body Found.” 4th September 1914. A matter of 22 days. Or 4 days at Foret de Retz as descried below.

The Guards Grave, Villers-Cotterets is a small town 22 klm South-West of Soissons. Guards’ Grave Cemetery shown below. He was buried in a small cemetery with his other comrades of Grenadier Guards. He is remembered on a small stone cross in “Guards Grave, Villers-Cotterets Forest.   Dept; Aisne. Picardie France. Plot No 33.

“ The Forêt de Retz was the scene of a rearguard action fought by the 4th (Guards) Brigade on 1 September 1914. In the aftermath of the fighting, many of the dead Guardsmen were buried by the people of Villers-Cotterêts. The cemetery was formed by the Irish Guards when the British forces regained this territory two months later and contains 98 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 20 of which are unidentified. Just north of the cemetery on the road to Vivières stands a memorial to the Coldstream, Grenadier and Irish Guardsmen who were killed or mortally wounded during the rearguard action. The memorial, which was unveiled in 1922, was placed there by Lady Edward Cecil, the mother of Captain George Edward Cecil of the Coldstream Guards who fell during the fighting on 1 September and is buried in the cemetery.” (PIC)



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