MINNEY, Horace Arthur

Joined Imperial Yeomanry or Volunteer Force; 7322 Pte 2 Volunteer Bn Notts & Derbys, (Sherwood Foresters) on 11/4/1905 age 19, then a labourer with Derwent Valley Water Board, Bamford. Three years later on 2/4/1908 he signed on 643 Pte with 6 Bn Notts & Derbys (Territorial) Regt for 4 years, when living at Old Oddfellows Row, Hathersage.  His annual training took place at Scarborough. He re-engaged for a further 4 years on 1/3/1912, and on 24/5/1913 he was given a transfer to 1491 Pte 6 Bn West Yorks Regt, possibly because he moved into that area. However shortly afterwards on 5/8/1914, he was found medically unfit for further service after 6 yrs & 251 days in the Territorial Force, and discharged on 16/11/1914. Shortly before this on 21/10/1914 his pay had been stopped 6d per day to support ‘his bastard child’ (born 14 June 1914). This arrangement was to continue until the child was 14 years old ‘or shall die’. However on 7/11/1914 aged 28 he married Betsy Margretta Hallam at Wibsey, Bradford. His wife was living at 8 Arthur Street, Swallownest when listed as his next of kin in 1915.  He became a coal miner, but a year later on 11/12/1915, from ‘B’ Reserve he applied to re- enlist at Sheffield,  and he became 36058 Pte 6 Bn Y & L. On 4/11/1916 he was on his way to France where he joined the 12 Bn York & Lancs. On 22/11/1916 he received an accidental bayonet wound to his forearm while on mortar shelling duty and on 25/9/1917 was ‘slightly’ gassed and in a Manchester Hospital until 18/1/1918. He was back in a Sheffield Hospital from 20/3/1918 until 28/3/1918 with bronchial catarrh, eventually going back to France on 7/8/1918 before returning to England on 4/12/1918. He was a L/Cpl when finally demobbed on 18/2/1919. On 27/8/1920 there was an enquiry from the military to the Bakewell constabulary as to his whereabouts. The reply was he had left Hathersage seven years previously and he now lived at 19 Arthur Street, Swallownest, to where on 1/9/1920 an enquiry was made as to whether he had received his Silver Badge, (which was awarded to those who had been honourably discharged due to wounds or illness). b October 1886 in Kettering. 1901C he was living on Station Road, Hathersage, working as a machine minder at a boot factory, his parents were Nathan (37) b Northampton who worked on the railway, (and Bertha Parrish who had died). His father had remarried by 1901 to Sarah Jane, b Didsbury, Lancs., and by 1911C they were living at Barnfield Cottages, with two children born to this marriage. By this time Horace (24) was boarder at Chinley, Derbyshire, working as a fire beater at a Cloth Bleach Works, He died in 1943 age 56.