Rev. 1 Aug. 2013, Gen. 405

 

DESCENDANTS OF JOHN GREAVES OF ECKINGTON, DERBYSHIRE, ENGLAND

 

 

GENERATION 1

 

John Greaves (1) was born about 1704 and died in 1755, both in Derbyshire, England.  He lived in Eckington, Derbyshire for at least part of his life, since his son was born there.  (R‑2)

Children – Greaves

+2. Paul Greaves, b.c. 1733, m. Ann Rotherham, 9 Oct. 1758.

 

 

GENERATION 2

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN GREAVES (1)

Paul Greaves (2) was born about 1733 in Eckington, Derbyshire.  He married Ann Rotherham on 9 Oct. 1758 in Eckington.  She was born about 1733 in Eckingham.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

+3. Paul Greaves, b.c. 1761, m. Alice Wilcock, d. 1844.

 

 

GENERATION 3

 

CHILDREN OF PAUL GREAVES (2) AND ANN ROTHERHAM

Paul Greaves (3) was born about 1761 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in 1844 in Derbyshire.  He married Alice Wilcock.  She was born about 1761.  He was in the 1841 census for Killamarsh, Derbyshire, with his son Paul and family living with him.  He was a farmer.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children – Greaves

+4.   Paul Greaves, b.c. 1794, m. Ann Taylor, 27 Nov. 1815, d. 1867.

 

 

GENERATION 4

 

CHILDREN OF PAUL GREAVES (3) AND ALICE WILCOCK

Paul Greaves (4) was born about 1794 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in 1867 in Derbyshire.  He married Ann Taylor on 27 Nov. 1815 in Killamarsh.  She was born about 1791 in Killamarsh (or Staveley), Derbyshire, and died before the 1761 census in Derbyshire.  They were in the 1841 census living with his father.  They were in the 1851 census for Killamarsh, with children Robert, Harvey and George still at home.  He was in the 1861 census for Killamarsh, Derbyshire, with his son John and family living with him.  He was a farmer.  All their children were born in Killamarsh.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

+5.   Elizabeth Greaves, b.c. 1817, m. Thomas White, d. 1872.

+6.   John Greaves, b.c. 1825 (or 1827), m. Sarah Mallinder, 1852, d. 1889.

+7.   Robert Greaves, b.c. 1826 (or 1822), m. Sarah Hodson (?), 1 May 1844, d. 1887.

+8.   Paul Greaves, b.c. 1829, m. Jane Siddaway, d. 1884.

+9.   Harvey Greaves, b.c. 1831, m. Fanny Robinson, d. 1874.

  10.  George Greaves, b.c. 1837, d. 1879 (Derbyshire).  In the 1871 census for Eckington, Derbyshire, near his brother Robert, not married.

 

 

GENERATION 5

 

CHILDREN OF PAUL GREAVES (4) AND ANN TAYLOR

Elizabeth Greaves (5) was born about 1817 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in 1872 in Ecclesall, Sheffield, Yorkshire.  She married Thomas White.  He was born about 1814 in Ecclesfield, Yorkshire, and died in 1873 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire.  They were in the 1861 census for Barlborough, Nottinghamshire, when he was a publican and butcher.  Their first 3 children were born in Ecclesfield, and the last one in Barlborough, Derbyshire.  (R‑1)

Children – White

  11.  Thomas White, b.c. 1850.

  12.  Ann White, b.c. 1852.

  13.  Eliza White, b.c. 1854.

  14.  Emma White, b.c. 1858.

 

John Greaves (6) was born about 1825 and died in 1889, both in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.  He married Sarah Mallinder (or Vickers) in 1852 in Yorkshire.  She was born about 1833 and died in 1902, both in Killamarsh.  They were in the 1861 census for Killamarsh, Derbyshire, living with his father.  They were in the 1881 census for Killamarsh, with all children still at home and unmarried except for George.  Sarah was in the 1891 census for Killamarsh, widowed, with unmarried children John, Daniel, Charles, and Rhody still at home, and grandchildren Sam, 8, and Lucy, 7, living with her.  Samuel had married and was living next door.  John, Daniel, Charles, and Samuel were all coal miners in 1891.  John was a farmer.  All their children were born in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.  (R‑1, R‑2)

Children – Greaves

  15.  John Greaves, b.c. 1853.  He was in the 1901 census for Sutton and Duckmanton, Derbyshire, unmarried, coal miner, living with his brother Samuel.  Not found in the 1911 census.

+16.  George Greaves, b.c. 1855, m. Harriet French, d. 1911.

+17.  Daniel Greaves, b.c. 1860, m. Mary Ann Bartlett, 4 March 1914, d.c. 1939.

  18.  Rachel Greaves, b.c. 1862, d. Derbyshire.

+19.  Samuel Greaves, b.c. 1866, m. Elizabeth Mary Brierley (?), d. 1913.

+20.  Jude Greaves, b. Oct. 1867, m. Edith Louisa Rodgers, 1889.

+21.  Charles Greaves, b.c. 1870, m. Elizabeth Turner.

+22.  Elizabeth Greaves, b.c. 1872, m. Matthew James, c. 1893.

+23.  Alice Greaves, b.c. 1874, m. James William Bennett, 1893.

+24.  Rhoda Greaves, b.c. 1878, m. Herbert Wesson, 1901.

 

Robert Greaves (7) was born about 1826 (or 1822) in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in 1887 in Derbyshire.  He married Sarah Hodson (?) on 1 May 1844 in Killamarsh.  She was born about 1826 in Eckington, Derbyshire, and died in Derbyshire.  There was a Sarah Hobson, age 15, in the 1841 census for Eckington who may have been this person.  They were in the 1851 census for Killamarsh with their first 3 children.  They were in the 1861 census for Eckington and Mosborough, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1871 census for Eckington, with children Ellen and William and granddaughter Elizabeth (age 3).  He was a farm labourer.  Their first 3 children were born in Killamarsh, the next in Eckington, the next in Killamarsh, and the last 3 in Eckington, Derbyshire.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

  25.  Eliza Greaves, b.c. 1846.

  26.  Mary Ann Greaves, b.c. 1848.  Not in 1861 census.

  27.  Sarah Greaves, b.c. 1850.

  28.  Elizabeth A. Greaves, b.c. 1853.

  29.  Ellen Greaves, b.c. 1858.

  30.  Alice Greaves, b.c. 1860.

+31.  Robert Greaves, b.c. 1860, m. Hannah Jones, 1887.

  32.  William Greaves, b.c. 1865.

 

Paul Greaves (8) was born about 1829 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in 1884 in Derbyshire.  He married Jane Siddaway (?).  She was born about 1835 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.  The 1841 census for Sheffield, Yorkshire showed a Jane Sidaway, age 5, daughter of Thomas Bramwell Sidaway and Mary, who may have been this person.  Jane was born about 1835 in Sheffield, Yorkshire.  They were in the 1861 census for Eckington and Mosborough, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1871 census for Killamarsh, Derbyshire.  She was in the 1901 census for Killamarsh, widow, with her unmarried son Paul living with her.  He was a steel works labourer.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

  33.  Thomas Greaves, b.c. 1856 (Wadeley Bridge, Ecclesfield, Yorks.).

  34.  Paul Greaves, b.c. 1861 (Eckington, Derbyshire).  Not married in 1901.  He was a coal miner.

  35.  Mary Greaves, b.c. 1865 (Killamarsh, Derbyshire).

+36.  Harry Greaves, b.c. 1868, m. Mary Isabella Green, 1894..

 

Harvey (or Harry) Greaves (9) was born about 1831 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in 1874 in Derbyshire.  He married Fanny Robinson.  She was born about 1830 in Norwood (or Wales), Yorkshire.  They were in the 1861 and 1871 censuses for Killamarsh, Derbyshire.  Fanny and her children Charlotte, Rebecca, Sam, and Susannah were in the 1881 census for Killamarsh.  Harvey was an agricultural labourer in 1861, and a steel melter in 1871.  All their children were born in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

  37.  Anne Greaves, b.c. 1855.

  38.  Harriett Greaves, b.c. 1858.

  39.  Charlotte Greaves, b.c. 1862.

  40.  Rebecca Greaves, b.c. 1864.

  41.  Samuel Greaves, b.c. 1865,

  42.  Catherine Greaves, b.c. 1871.  Not in the 1881 census.

  43.  Susannah Greaves, b.c. 1873.

 

 

GENERATION 6

 

CHILDREN OF JOHN GREAVES (6) AND SARAH MALLINDER

George Greaves (16) was born about 1855 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in 1911 in Derbyshire.  He married Harriet French.  She was born about 1855 in Eckington, Derbyshire, and died before the 1911 census.  They were in the 1901 census for Eckington, Derbyshire, with their last 6 children still at home.  He was in the 1911 census for Temple Normanton, Derbyshire, widower, with unmarried children Annie, Ernest and Rhoda, and granddaughter Annie Binns (b. 1910) living with him.  He was a publican in 1901, and a collier labourer in 1911.  All their children were born in Eckington, Derbyshire, except for Harvey who was born in Killamarsh.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

+44.  John Greaves, b.c. 1874, m(1) Selina ‑‑‑‑‑‑, m(2) Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1906.

+45.  Harvey Greaves, b.c. 1876, m. Eunice ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1898.

+46.  Edward Greaves, b.c. 1878, m. Mary Jane Barker, c. 1899, d. 1949.

+47.  Luke Greaves, b.c. 1880, m. Margery Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1901.

+48.  Walter Greaves, b.c. 1884, m. Sarah E. ‑‑‑‑‑‑, c. 1907.

  49.  Annie Greaves, b.c. 1888.

  50.  Charles Greaves, b.c. 1889.

+51.  Nellie Greaves, b.c. 1891, m. Virgil Bottomley Binns, c. 1909.

  52.  Ernest Greaves, b.c. 1893.

  53.  Rhoda Greaves, b.c. 1894.

 

Daniel Greaves (17) was born about 1860 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died about 1939 in Dover, Kent.  He married Mary Ann Bartlett, daughter of William Bartlett and Elizabeth ‑‑‑‑‑‑, on 4 March 1914 in Dover, Kent (according to R‑1, although the 1911 census indicates about 1900).  She was born about 1872 in Hull Yorkshire.  She was with her parents in the 1881 census for Sunderland, Durham.  They were in the 1911 census for 39 Bolton St., Denaby, Yorkshire, West Riding, when 7 of their 8 children were living.  He was a coal miner.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

  54.  Lily Greaves, b.c. 1899 (Sheffield).

  55.  William Greaves, b.c. 1901 (Rotherham).

  56.  Horace Greaves, b. 6 April 1903 (Rotherham).

  57.  Joseph Greaves, b.c. 1905 (Rotherham).

  58.  Harold Greaves, b.c. 1906 (Swinton), d. 1957.

  59.  Paul Greaves, b.c. 1908 (Mexbro).

  60.  Jeanie Greaves, b.c. 1910 (Mexbro).

 

Samuel Greaves (19) was born about 1866 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in 1913 in Derbyshire.  He married Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Mary Brierley (?).  She was born about 1868 in Eckington, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1901 census for Sutton and Duckmanton, Derbyshire, with Samuel’s brother John living with them.  They were in the 1911 census for Adwick le Street, Yorkshire, West Riding, living at 57 The Park, Brodsworth, Doncaster.  He was a coal miner.  Their first 3 children were born in Killamarsh, the next one in Shirebrook, the next in Arkwright Town (next to Duckmanton and near Chesterfield), all in Derbyshire, and the last 2 in Wath, Yorkshire.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

  61.  Alice Greaves, b.c. 1891.

  62.  Sarah Greaves, b.c. 1894.

  63.  Wilfred Greaves, b.c. 1895.

  64.  Samuel Graves, b.c. 1900.

  65.  Isaac Greaves, b.c. 1902.

  66.  Kathleen Greaves, b.c. 1907.

  67.  Elizabeth Greaves, b.c. 1909.

 

Jude Greaves (20) was born in Oct. 1867 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in Derbyshire.  He married Edith Louisa Rodgers in 1889 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  She was born about 1869 in Ridgeway, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1901 census for Arkwright Town, Sutton and Duckmanton, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1911 census for High Common, Barlborough, Nottinghamshire (or Derbyshire).  He was a coal miner.  All their children were born in Derbyshire.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

+68.  Frederick Greaves, b. 16 May 1890, m. Gladys Jepson, d. 11 June 1973.

  69.  Edith Greaves, b.c. 1893 (Killamarsh).

  70.  Harry Greaves, b.c. 1895 (Killamarsh).

  71.  Frank Greaves, b.c. 1898 (Killamarsh).

  72.  Jude Greaves, b.c. 1900 (Ault Hucknall or Doe Lea).

  73.  Olive Greaves, b.c. 1901 (Arkwright Town).

  74.  Louie Graves, b.c. 1903 (Bonds Main).

  75.  John Greaves, b.c. 1906 (Winsick).

  76.  Helen Greaves, b.c. 1908 (Barlborough).

  77.  Jessie Greaves, b.c. 1909 (Barlborough).

  78.  Harvey Greaves, b. 1910 (Barlborough).

 

Charles Greaves (21) was born about 1870 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in Derbyshire.  He married Elizabeth Turner.  She was born about 1872 in Ridgeway, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1901 census for Whittington, Derbyshire.  He was a coal miner.  They were in the 1911 census for Thornleigh Cottages, Barlboro, Nottinghamshire (or Derbyshire).  All their children were born in Mosborough, Derbyshire, except for James who was born in Ridgeway (or Mosborough), and Herbert in Whittington Moor.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

  79.  Rose Ellen Greaves, b.c. 1890.

  80.  Joseph Greaves, b.c. 1892.

  81.  James Greaves, b.c. 1895.

  82.  Frank A. Greaves, b.c. 1898.

  83.  Herbert Greaves, b.c. 1902.

 

Elizabeth (“Eliza”) Greaves (22) was born about 1872 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.  She married Matthew James about 1893.  He was born about 1870 in Maindee, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales.  They were in the 1901 census for Rotherham, Yorkshire.  Living with them in 1901 was brother-in-law David Greaves (b.c. 1872, Killamarsh) and his wife Mary A. ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  (This David Greaves can’t be placed as a brother of Elizabeth.)  They were in the 1911 census for Eckington, Derbyshire.  Matthew was a coal miner.  (R‑1)

Children – James

  84.  Nelly (or Nellie) James, b.c. 1895 (Killamarsh, Derbyshire).

  85.  Doris James, b.c. 1898 (Masborough or Killamarsh, Derbyshire).

  86.  Maggie James, b.c. 1900 (Rotherham, Yorks.).

  87.  Edith James, b.c. 1902 (Rotherham, Derbyshire).

  88.  Matthew James, b.c. 1905 (Rotherham, Derbyshire).

 

Alice Greaves (23) was born about 1874 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in Derbyshire.  She married James William Bennett in 1893 in Leicester, Leicestershire.  He was born about 1870 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.  They were in the 1911 census for Leicester, when he was an insurance agent, and 2 of their 4 children were living.  Both their children were born in Leicester.  (R‑1)

Children – Bennett

  89.  Gordon Masters Bennett, b.c. 1895.

  90.  Marjorie Alice Bennett, b.c. 1899.

 

Rhoda (“Rhody” or “Rhoday”) Greaves (24) was born about 1878 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, and died in Derbyshire.  She married Herbert Wesson, son of Robert Wesson and Maria Morris, in 1901 in Leicester, Leicestershire.  He was born 11 Nov. 1871 and died in 1961, both in Leicester.  They were in the 1911 census for Leicester, Leicestershire, when he was a shop Keeper and all 3 of their children ere still living.  (R‑1)

Children – Wesson

  91.  Florence Gertrude Wesson, b.c. 1902 (St. Margaret’s, Leicester).

  92.  Rhoda Wesson, b.c. 1904 (St. Margaret’s, Leicester).

  93.  Robert Wesson, b. 16 Aug. 1906 (Syston, Leicestershire), d. 31 Jan. 1969 (Isle of Wight, England).

 

CHILDREN OF ROBERT GREAVES (7) AND SARAH HODSON

Robert Greaves (31) was born about 1860 in Eckington (or Killamarsh), Derbyshire.  He married Hannah Jones in 1887 in Derbyshire.  She was born about 1862 in Bues Cley (or Bwcle or Buckley), Flint, North Wales.  They were in the 1901 census for Eckington, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1911 census for 86 Bonds Main, Temple Normanton, Derbyshire, when 6 of their 7 children were still living.  Bonds Main was the name of a colliery in Temple Normanton, near Chesterfield.  He was a coal miner.  Their first 5 children were born in Holbrook, Derbyshire, according to the 1901 census.  However, the 1911 census gave the places listed below.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

  94.  Elizabeth Greaves, b.c. 1889.

  95.  Eliza Greaves, b.c. 1890.

  96.  Sarah Greaves, b.c. 1893 (Killamarsh, Derbyshire).

  97.  Robert Greaves, b.c. 1896 (Killamarsh, Derbyshire).

  98.  Hannah Greaves, b.c. 1898 (Bonds Main, Derbyshire).

  99.  child, prob. b.c. 1903, d. before 1911.

  100.  Owen Greaves, b.c. 1906 (Bonds Main, Derbyshire).

 

CHILDREN OF PAUL GREAVES (8) AND JANE SIDDAWAY

Harry Greaves (36) was born about 1868 in Eckington, Derbyshire.  He married Mary (“May”) Isabella Green, daughter of Robert Green and Martha ‑‑‑‑‑‑, in 1894 in Derbyshire.  She was born about 1868 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.  She was in the 1881 census for Killamarsh with her parents.  Harry and May were in the 1901 census for Killamarsh, Derbyshire, living next to her mother and his mother, both widows.  They were in the 1911 census for 7 Church Lane, Killamarsh.  He was a coal miner, specifically a plate layer in the coal pit.  (R‑1)

Children – Greaves

  101.  Edith Irene Greaves, b.c. 1895 (Killamarsh, Derbyshire).

 

 

GENERATION 7

 

CHILDREN OF GEORGE GREAVES (16) AND HARRIET FRENCH

John Greaves (44) was born about 1874 in Eckington, Derbyshire.  He first married Selina ‑‑‑‑‑‑.  She was born about 1875 in Wath, Yorkshire.  They were in the 1901 census for Eckington, Derbyshire.  He married second Mary ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1906.  She was born about 1869 in Handley, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1911 census for Killamarsh, Derbyshire.  He was a coal miner in 1901, and an inn keeper in 1911 when they were living in the Navigation Hotel, Killamarsh.

Children – Greaves, by Selina ------

  102.  Gertrude Greaves, b.c. 1898 (Eckington).

  103.  Samuel Greaves, b.c.1900 (Eckington).

  104.  Walter Greaves, b.c. 1902 (Eckington).

Children – Greaves, by Mary ------

  105.  Luther Greaves, b.c. 1907 (Binds Main, Derbyshire).

 

Harvey Greaves (45) was born about 1876 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire.  He married Eunice ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1898.  She was born about 1878 in Rowsley, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1901 census for Eckington, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1911 census for 71 Bonds Main, Temple Normanton, Derbyshire, when 8 of their 9 children were living.  He was a coal miner.  Their first 3 children were born in Eckington and the others in Bonds Main, all in Derbyshire.

Children – Greaves

  106.  Robert Greaves, b.c. 1898.

  107.  Daniel Greaves, b.c. 1900.

  108.  Ernest Greaves, b.c. 1902.

  109.  Charlie Greaves, b.c. 1905.

  110.  Rhoda Greaves, b.c. 1907.

  111.  Luke Greaves, b.c. 1908.

  112.  Alice Greaves, b.c. 1909.

  113.  Sam Greaves, b.c. 1910.

 

Edward Greaves (46) was born about 1878 in Eckington, Derbyshire, and died in 1949.  He married Mary Jane Barker about 1899.  She was born 17 Oct. 1878 in Snig Hill, Sheffield, Yorkshire, and died in 1937.  They were in the 1901 census for Eckington, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1911 census for Hasland, Derbyshire, when 4 of their 8 children were still living.  He was a coal miner (underground).  All their children were born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (according to R‑3), or at the places shown below (according to the 1911 census).  (R‑3)

Children – Greaves

  114.  Wilfred Greaves, b. 10 April 1899 (Eckington).

  115.  Nellie Greaves, b.c. 1900 (Eckington).  Not in 1911 census.

  116.  Wilda Greaves, b.c. 1902 (Eckington).

  117.  Tom Greaves, b.c. 1905 (Temple Normanton).

  118.  Edward Greaves, b.c. 1909 (Hasland).

  119.  Bella Greaves, b. 20 June 1911, d. June 1997.

  120.  Verdun Greaves, b. 20 Aug. 1916, d. May 1986 (Chesterfield, Derbyshire).

  121.  Mona Greaves, b.c. 1922, d. Dec. 1937 (Chesterfield, Derbyshire).

 

Luke Greaves (47) was born about 1880 in Eckington, Derbyshire.  He married Margery Ann ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1901.  She was born about 1880 in Stanley, Yorkshire.  They were in the 1901 census for Pontefract, Yorkshire, with no children living with them.  They were in the 1911 census for Glass Houghton, Yorkshire, living at 31 Granville St., Cutsyke, Castleford, when 5 of their 8 children were still living.  He was a coal miner.

Children – Greaves

  122.  Robert Greaves, b.c. 1897 (Swinton, Yorkshire).  Not living with them in 1901.  Could he have been a child by another man?

  123.  Harriet Greaves, b.c. 1902 (Pontefract, Yorkshire).

  124.  George Greaves, b.c. 1903 (Temple Normanton, Derbyshire).

  125.  Ann Greaves, b.c. 1906 (South Kirby, Yorkshire).

  126.  Nellie Greaves, b.c. 1909 (Jump, Yorkshire).

 

Walter Greaves (48) was born about 1884 in Eckington, Derbyshire.  He married Sarah E. ‑‑‑‑‑‑ about 1907.  She was born about 1884 in Barlow, Derbyshire.  They were in the 1911 census for 11 Storforth Lane, Hasland, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, when he was a coal miner.

Children – Greaves

  127.  John H. Greaves, b.c. 1907 (Bradford, Yorkshire).

 

Nellie Greaves (51) was born about 1891 in Eckington, Derbyshire.  She married Virgil Bottomley Binns about 1909.  He was born about 1883 in Elland, Yorkshire.  They were in the 1911 census for 33 Gladstone Terrace, Elland, Yorkshire, when he was a worsted mill overlooker.

Children – Binns

  128.  Annie Binns, b. 1910.

  129.  Harry Binns, b. 1911.

 

CHILDREN OF JUDE GREAVES (20) AND EDITH L. RODGERS

Frederick (“Fred”) Greaves (68) was born 16 May 1890 in Killamarsh, Derbyshire, was christened 10 June 1890[1] in Killamarsh, and died 11 June 1973 in Whitelands, Ringwood Road, Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  He married Gladys Jepson.  She was born and died in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  This may have been the Gladys Jephson, born about 1892 in Brimington, daughter of Henry and Fanny Jephson, listed in the 1901 census for Chesterfield, Derbyshire.  He may have also married Harriet Broughton.

In the Nottingham Post, Friday, July 5, 2013, was the following article on page 32 in the Bygones section titled “Testament to the futility of war”.

“On one side of a shallow valley in the Flanders region of Belgium stands the huge military cemetery called Tyne Cot.  On the opposite ridge is the village of Passchendaele.

On those gentle slopes more than 750,000 allied soldiers, including thousands from Notts and Derbyshire, were killed or wounded.

It was at Passchendaele that Corporal Fred Greaves of the 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters won his Victoria Cross.

The third Battle of Ypres was raging as British and Commonwealth forces fought to capture the small but strategically important Belgian village.

The Foresters were pinned down, their officers dead, under murderous fire from a German machine-gun post, until Corporal Greaves, a miner from Killamarsh, stormed the enemy position and killed or captured the garrison.

Later that day, he rallied his platoon to foil a German advance.  His reward was the VC.

More than 90 years after the slaughter of Passchendaele, the name lives on as a symbol of the horror of the First World War.

Slaughter on the Western Front had been raging for three years when Allied high command came up with their latest scheme for victory.  Capture Passchendaele, near the battered town of Ypres, and drive a hole through the German lines.

It was not a good place to fight an infantry war.  The terrain was marshland, swollen by heavy rain and churned into a morass of mud by British artillery.

Soldiers walked from trench to trench on duckboards.  If anyone slipped into a water-filled shellhole, likely as not he would drown.  How many men perished in that way, no one will ever know.

The Foresters put 12 battallions into action, more than 12,000 men.  At the end of the battle, 1.741 were dead and 3,223 wounded.

When the Germans launched a spring offensive in 1918, there weren’t enough soldiers left to turn them back.

They retook every trench, every shellhole, every shattered building, that had cost nearly half a million casualties to win only five months earlier.

If there ever was a testament to the futility of war, Passchendaele was it.”

Children – Greaves

  130.  daughter

  131.  Cyril Greaves, b. 25 May 1924 (Worksop, Nottinghamshire), d. Oct.-Dec. 1982 (Chesterfield District, Derbyshire).

 

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[1] Date and place of christening from “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975”, familysearch.org.