BOCKING, John Webb

✟ ≠ 2/Lt 3 Bn KOYLI, attached 2/4 Bn London Reg’t (Royal Fusiliers). He was awarded Croix de Guerre. KIA outright by a shell about 05.00 on 24/4/1918 only three days after his brother Bernard died. Remembered Pozieres Memorial, and also remembered at St Lawrence Church Gnosall Staffs.  b 1896 Fenton Staffs, brother of Bernard, above and Selwyn George and William James, below. Son of John Child Bocking b1866 Abney, and Mrs Sarah Bocking. His father who attended Cambridge and in 1911C was at Gnosall, Staffs, the Parish vicar, was the illegitimate son of Tobias Child, (of Furness House, Hathersage, now called Hawthorne Dene), the Victoria Works owner, and Mary Bocking, b 1846 Abney. Mary was sister to George Bocking b 1830, father to William and grandfather to William ‘Billy’ Bocking, who were the Clerks to Hathersage Parish Council, from its formation in 1894 until 1937. Billy had the corner shop opposite the Little John Hotel on Station Road, Hathersage.