Private 36590 - 1st Battalion
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Enlisted: Sutton-in-Ashfield 9th Nov 1915
Killed in Action Flanders 7th Jul 1916 : Aged 27
St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen. Ref. A.24.6
Private 36590 Abraham Booth was born 1889 in Clay Cross. Native parents Clay Cross marriage 14th June 1886 between 21 year old coal miner Mr John Booth and 19 year old Miss Sarah Ann Lowe is where they housed a growing family. Mrs Sarah Ann Brooks mothered five children naming William 1887, Abraham 1889, Walter 1895, Clara 1897 and Harold 1904. Father relocated them to Newcastle Street in Mansfield, listed 1911 however as widower. William's recent marriage added his wife Lettie.
Mr Abraham Brooks married Miss Sarah Braithwaite shortly after on 22nd July 1911 at St Johns Church, Mansfield. Their marital home at 26 Kings Street, Huthwaite, is where Mrs Sarah Booth mothered William 12 May 1912, Hilda 3 Mar 1915 and Madge 4 Jun 1916. Four years coal mining at New Hucknal Colliery left a significant Huthwaite impression from a talented club footballer.
Pte 36590 Abraham Booth enlisted for military service at Sutton 9th November 1915, declaring age 27 years 40 days. Joining a 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers landed him in France 14th March 1916. He died of wounds at 3rd Station Army Hospital, Rouen. Saint Sever Cemetery commemorated A Booth, updating widow Sarah Booth address 26 Harveys Yard, Newgate Lane, Mansfield.
Abraham Booth and Samuel Gascoigne were found guilty to a charge of creating an affray at Huthwaite on October 2nd 1915 and were bound over in the sum of £5 each and ordered to pay costs of four shillings each.
Another well-known soldier from Huthwaite has unfortunately met with his death through the recent fighting at the front. Abe Booth, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was seriously wounded nine or ten days ago, and was conveyed to the Shrewsbury Hospital. Information reached the family this week that he had succumbed to his injuries. The fallen soldier was a prominent footballer connected with the New Hucknall Club. His photograph will appear another week.
As reported in these columns last week, the sad news of the death of Abe Booth - as he was so well known - came as a great shock to Huthwaite residents, and it is hard to realise that so prominent a figure in local sporting circles will be heard of no more. Of a quiet, unassuming manner, he had a happy and cheerful nature and always looked on the bright side of affairs. Truly it could be said of him that he was a sportsman of the first calibre, and could always be relied upon to “play the game.” Whilst he followed the game of cricket he was not a player, but in his real forte – football – in local circles he had no superiors, and very few equals. As an example of that statement the writer calls to mind three games in particular in which he filled the position of left half, the first being against Mansfield Mechanics in the Semi-Final of the Notts. Senior Cup on the Sutton Town Ground-when the Junction carried off the trophy the Colliery losing the game in the last few minutes by three goals to none. Then against Loughborough Corinthians, and the following Saturday against Sutton Junction, when the Colliery won 3-2. About that game that diminutive forward, Sharpe, could perhaps best speak. Private Booth enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in November, 1915, and had been on active service for three months, with the exception of a fortnight caused through an injury received whilst in the trenches.
Last week we stated that he was interred at Shrewsbury. This report was handed in by the writer on seeing a telegram which was sent from Shrewsbury, but it has transpired since that this is the headquarters of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, where all communications are issued. The following is the letter sent by the Wesleyan Chaplain:-
Dear Mrs. Booth, I am deeply sorry for you in your sad bereavement, and express the sorrow too of all the hospital staff, who did their very best for your husband, Private A. Booth, of the Royal Welsh Regiment of Fusiliers. He came into hospital, as I stated in my last letter, dangerously wounded. We could only hope his system had not been hopelessly endangered. But although every care was taken, yet he was not able to rally against his wound. I saw him regularly during the week, and the Chaplain of the hospital also ministered to him. He was so patient and put his trust in God as we prayed together. He has made the great sacrifice for the weak and oppressed. Greater love hath no man than this. We buried him with full military honours this morning in the pretty cemetery of St. Sever, near Rouen. He lies there with his comrades in arms. If you could come over after the war you will easily find the grave by the number, 2362. Each grave is being planted with flowers and a little cross is placed at the head. God bless and sustain you in your heavy grief.
With the bereaved wife especially, and the three bairns, along with his brother, deep sympathy will be felt in their loss of one who served faithfully in all his pursuits up to the very prime of his manhood, 27 years, then gave up life itself for King and country.