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The history of Clophill, Bedfordshire, UK
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World War One

John Doggett

DIED OF WOUNDS - 7TH MARCH 1916 - AGED 42


J Doggett

John Doggett and family

 

BORN IN Clophill IN 1874.

PRIVATE 28771 18th BATTALION SHERWOOD FORESTERS (NOTTS & DERBYS. REGIMENT).

ENLISTED IN ILKESTON, DERBYSHIRE.

COMMEMORATED IN BROOKWOOD CEMETERY, SURREY.

 

In 1911 John lived with his wife, Fanny, and 4 (of 5) surviving children in Langley Mill, Derbyshire. He worked as a coal miner/hewer. He had married Fanny Swann in 1902 in Aldercar, Derbyshire and had previously worked as an agricultural labourer. At the time of his death he had 5 children. John lived as a child at 20 Jacques Lane, Clophill with his parents William and Hannah. He had 15 siblings. His father was a farm labourer.


The 18th Battalion, formed in Derby on 27 July 1915, helped with reinforcement and training units and Home Defence, attempting to keep pace with heavy losses over the four years of the War. However, towards the end of the war, the high casualty rate resulted in the amalgamation of weakened Battalions.

Many thanks to Rosemary Berrington for sharing her photo of her great uncle and his family.

The Ampthill News reported his death as follows:- "Mrs Doggett of Jacques Cottages has been informed that her son, Pte Doggett has succumbed to an operation after being severely wounded. Unfortunately this brave soldier leaves a wife and 5 children to mourn his loss."

Brookwood Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Britain and one of the largest in the world. Situated near Woking. The British Military Cemetery is administered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is the oldest part of the military cemeteries at Brookwood and was originally set aside in 1917 for the burial of soldiers, sailors and nurses who died in the London Military District.