Luke Coleman (1888–1916)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
3208 & 200904 6th Reserve & 1/5th Battalions

Derbyshire Courier, 22 July 1916

Newspaper photograph of Luke Coleman

In Oct 1914 Luke, a miner, was one the first Crich volunteers. He attested on 29th October 1914 at Crich, aged twenty-six. He was living at Hilts Cottages, working in the quarries. He was taller than most standing at about six foot tall.

Photo courtesy Crich Heritage Partnership

Crich recruits 1914

Included among these 1914 recruits are probably :
Billy Curzon; Jack Porter; Walter (Wammy) Mellors; Jack Kneebone;
Billy Burr; Noble Tomlinson; Tom Coleman; Billy Frost; Luke Coleman; Jack Cauldwell; George Perry.
It is believed that John Roe, brothers Herbert and Steven Bollington (and possibly John) are also amongst this group.

He entered into France 25th June 1915, was promoted to Corporal on 1st November 1915, and on 1st July 1916 was reported missing, killed in action. The painting shown below was a “Battlefield Portrait”.

Courtesy Coleen Hardwick

Luke Coleman

Luke entered France in June 1915, and in July 1916 was reported missing, killed in action. The personal effects returned to the family were a pocket book, piece of chalk, a souvenir and brush. He was buried at Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, Foncquevillers, just south-west of Arras; nearly two-thirds of the men buried there were unidentified. Four Coleman brothers are on the Roll. Luke was involved with Crich United Football Club. He and brother Tom were frequently reported in the local press in the football reports. There was a player called L.Coleman on a photograph of Crich Brigade Football Club dated1904–1905

Photo courtesy Les Barber

Crich Brigade Football Club 1905

H. Barber; A. Leafe; L.Coleman
A.Sulley; D.P.Hawkes(Capt); H.Stocks
S.Berrisford; E.Mason; J.Leafe; G.Parnham; E.W.Hartle

Newspaper reports

Derbyshire Courier, 30 August 1913
Although accepted as members of the Erewash league, the United, under the ruling of the D.F.A.will again be members of the Matlock Junior League. Possessed of practical members on the committee, an enthusiastic secretary in Mr W. H. Perry, and a good list of serviceable players, the club is hoping to occupy a high position in the league table. Mr Maurice Deacon is the president, and Dr G.G. Macdonald and Mr G.C. Birch are vice-presidents. The committee is comprised of: Messrs. D.M. Brown (chairman), G.V. Ferguson (vice-chairman), Hy. Holtham, Hy. Wetton, F. Ward, Jos. Perry, F. Whitehead, F. and J. Porter, Isaac and William Coleman, C. Harper, I. Hartstone and Jas. Mellors. The majority of last season's players are retained and include A. Crowder (vice-chairman), John Curzon, A. Leafe, Luke Coleman, Tom Coleman, Vernon and Tom Greenhough, D. Cooke, and Wm. Rowe. New players include Jas. Amatt (late Holloway, who is to captain the team and who should provide prove a valuable acquisition), J. Hudson (Holloway), S.Taylor (goal), and A. Matthews (Whatstandwell), while the services of Mr G.C. Birch have been promised. Several other signatures are expected and although the club has lost the services of F. Mellors, who was been signed on by Sheffield Wednesday, Sam Taylor should prove a valuable substitute. The headquarters of the club are at the Black Swan Hotel, and the ground is Jefferies Lane Field. Financially the club is on the right side, a small balance of being in hand.
Mr J. Mellors is appointed groundsmen. And the contract for conveyance of players is let to Mr F. Davis of Holloway. Cup and Medal competitions have been entered for. The first home league match is on Wakes Saturday, Oct. 11th, when Slaley will be entertained.

Derbyshire Courier, 21 April 1914
The United of Crich accomplished a good performance before their own supporters on Good Friday morning when they beat Chatsworth by four goals to nothing. The Parkites, kicking uphill, were assisted by a strong breeze, Crich soon took up the running, a couple of good movements by Tom Coleman being just wide of the mark. A glorious chance of opening the score was presented to Amatt shortly after. The Crich skipper failing with a shot. The Park team then made a spurt, and a good combined movement looked certain to bear fruit for the ball was lifted over the bar from close in. Vernon Greenhough at the other end made an attempt which went wide and this was followed by a good run and centre from Tom Coleman, and from the latter Luke Coleman unmarked drove the ball hard into the corner of the net. An incursion into home quarters was nullified by Chatsworth shooting freely just prior to the interval. Hudson bought the Parkites goalie to his knees with a fast drive.
On resuming the United were keen to advantage and goal number two soon came. This was from the foot of Hudson who, with a long grounder, had no difficulty in beating the Chatsworth goalie. After continued pressure Byard added a third goal for the home team with a long shot that hit the foot of the post and glanced into the net. Chatsworth then woke up and Hollingsworth was called on to clear but the visitors effort was soon expended. Crich’s fourth goal was due to good work by the brothers Coleman, Tom getting clear away on the left and centring for Luke to snap up the ball and bang it at great speed into the net. The Parkites were probably tired and the home team continued to press to the close, but no further scoring took place.

Derbyshire Courier, 14 September 1915
Another Down with Enteric
Lance-Corporal Luke Coleman, 5th Sherwood Foresters, hs written to his siter Mrs C Barton, at Crich, informing her that he is in hospital suffering from enteric fever. He is progressing satisfavtorily.

Derbyshire Courier, 25th of May 1918
Lance Corporal Walter Mellors of Crich Common, who was taken prisoner nearly two years ago has sent home to his parents a photograph of himself taken recently. Judging by the picture he appears to have fared pretty well for food. He was captured on 1 July 1916, the same day that Lance Corporal Luke Coleman fell in action and Private John Clarke was taken prisoner

Medal Index Card
Awarded Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals. He entered France 25 June 1915 and was killed in action 1 July 1916.

Army Service Record
Luke attested 29 October 1914 at Crich. He was aged 26 years 8 months, single, height 6 ft, living at Hills Cottages, Crich.
29 October 1914 – attested; 5th Reserve Btn
1 July 1915 – appointed paid lance corporal; 5th Reserve Btn
23 April 1915 – transferred to 1/5th Btn.
1 November 1915 – promoted corporal
1 July 1916 – reported missing then killed in action (death reported for official purposes)

His next-of-kin was his father Aaron Coleman of The Cross, Crich. Also recorded were: mother Elizabeth; brothers Isaac 38, William 28, Tom 26, Percy 22; sisters Polly Barton 37, Elizabeth Wetton 33, Bertha Norton 28.
Isaac, William and Percy were living at The Cross; Tom on Surgery Lane; Polly in Fritchley; Elizabeth on The Common; Bertha on Vernon Street in Derby.
Nephews and nieces were: Nancy and Jack Barton; Ernest, Stanley, Nora, Bertha, Annie, Tom, Percy, Frank Norton.
Uncles and aunts were: Tom Coleman (65) of Unstone, Sheffield; Annie Hambleton (67) of Mickleover, Derby.

His personal effects were a pocket book, chalk, souvenir, brush.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials L
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Unit 5th Bn
Date of Death 01/07/16
Service No 200904
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference I.G. 2

WW1 War Graves certificate

Soldiers' Effects Book
Luke Coleman; 5th Bn Notts & Derby; Private 200904 &3208; killed in action 1.7.16 ; War Gratuity £8 10s 0d; paid out to:
8.8.17 mother Elizabeth £25.1s 2d
1.10.19 mother Elizabeth £8 10s 0d

Luke Coleman's brothers Isaac Coleman, William Coleman and Tom Coleman are also on the Roll of Honour.


1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Aron Coleman Head 34 Limestone quarryman Crich
Elizabeth Coleman wife 31   Crich
John Coleman son 12 scholar Crich
Isaac Coleman son 10 scholar Crich
Mary Coleman daughter 8 scholar Crich
Elizabeth Coleman daughter 5   Crich
Luke Coleman son 3   Crich
William Coleman son 6 mo   Crich

RG12 piece 2746 folio 90 page 6

1901: South Wingfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Luke Coleman servant 14 Farm servant Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 84 page 6

1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Aaron Coleman Head 54 Limestone rockman Crich
Elizabeth Coleman wife 51   Crich
Isaac Coleman son 30 Builders mason Crich
Luke Coleman son 23 Limestone rockman Crich
Tom Coleman son 16 Limestone rockman Crich
Purcy Coleman son 14 Farm hand Crich
Isaac Coleman brother (wdwr) 44 Limestone rockman Crich

RG14PN20984 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED13 SN164