|Royal Field Artillery||231252||218 Brigade; 1104 Battery|
Lea Mills postcard
John William was born in 1886 to Samuel and Eliza Else of Crich. Before the war he worked at Lea Mills as a frame minder. He worked in the factory and he joined the forces on 10th April 1917 aged thirty-three. An application had been made for his return to the factory by August 1919. J.B. Marsden-Smedley, the managing director of Lea Mills, had promised all returning servicemen their jobs back when war ended.
He was posted to Kingsway Camp, Delhi, India where he received parcels of hosiery in December 1917 and groceries in January 1918. Distance and duties meant that his replies were delayed. The hosiery was acknowledged in a letter when he wrote of ‘a very useful parcel and also thank you for the undershirts and writing paper which was forwarded on to me by my wife.’
On Crich Roll of Honour and in the Lea Mills parcels book he is listed as “Driver John William Else”, but the photograph of him with the footballers indicates that he was a Corporal.
Medal Roll Index Cards
He was awarded the British War Medal.
1918 Voters List
John William Else, The Common, absent on military service.
Letters to JB Marsden-Smedley
March 14th 1918
I beg to acknowledge your parcel just received for which I am very thankful I think it was a very useful parcel & also thank you for the undershirts & writing paper which was forwarded onto me by my wife it is nice to think you think of us out here I am very pleased to say I am in the best of health & spirits also wishing you the same & every success to Lea Mills again thanking you
J W Else
Photos courtesy Elizabeth Griffiths
His brother James Frederick Else is also on the Roll of Honour.
1901: The Common, Crich
|Samuel||Else||Head||45||Steel wire drawer||Crich|
|Jno W||Else||son||15||Woollen weaver||Crich|
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|Samuel||Else||Head||56||Iron & steel wire drawer||Crich|
|Eliza||Else||daughter||27||Wool & cotton winder||Crich|
|John William||Else||son||25||Hosiery frame minder||Crich|
|James Frederick||Else||son||14||Loop twister wire mills||Crich|
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