Huthwaite War Memorial Project

GOLLICK J. H. 8/41972

J.H. Gollick

J. H Gollick

Lance Corporal - South Staffordshire
Regiment 8th Battalion

Killed in Action 17th November 1917 : Aged 18


Press reportage uncovered this young, previously unrecognised Lance Corporal Gollick who was raised in Huthwaite on Main Street. Here he attended the Primitive Methodist Church, while his married sister Mrs J. Ellis resided on Carnarvon Grove. He had worked at the neighbouring B Winning Colliery before gaining employment and friends in Worksop, following his remarried mother and step fathers recent move. Finding his CWGC service record simply confirms given name H. Gollick in the South Staffs.

Notts Free Press – 30th. November, 1917
Although he with his mother and step-father (Mr. and Mrs. Thompson) left Huthwaite for Worksop a little over a year ago, Lance-Corporal J.H. Gollick had many friends in the former town, the family living in Main Street. He then worked at B Winning Colliery, and at Worksop was employed at Manton. He enlisted in February in the army, but had served a week on a mine sweeper at Grimsby just before, from which he was dismissed for being under age, as he was only 17 then. He was killed instantly by a shell on November 17th, five weeks after he had landed in France, and three days after he had received his first stripe, and not long after his 18th birthday. The news was a great shock to his mother, who suffers from a weak heart. At Huthwaite he attended the Primitive Methodist Church. He was a native of Kirkby, being the only son, but he has a sister locally in Mrs. J. Ellis, of Carnarvon Grove. Letters from the front say that he was a well-behaved and promising soldier. At Worksop he appears to have made friends quickly. He belonged to a Bible Class and played for a football team.

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Written 15 Feb 09 Revised 13 Jul 12 © by Gary Elliott