Vernon Greenhough (1891–1917)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 26858 9th Battalion

Photos courtesy Chris Greenhough

Vernon Greenhough in WW1

Vernon was born in 1891 and worked in the wire works and as a collier. He attested at Derby in June 1915 aged twenty-three, and was posted to France in March 1916. In August and September of that year he developed scabies before receiving a gunshot wound in the October. He was hospitalised in Boulogne before being transferred to the VAD hospital at Chipstead aboard the hospital ship HS St Denis. Returning to France in July 1917 he suffered trench foot to his right toes before being killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Broodseinde, Passchendaele on the attack near Poelcappelle, Belgium, on 4 October 1917. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Vernon Green hough with his unit in WW1

Vernon is extreme left front row

Newspaper reports
Before the war Vernon was involved with Crich United Football Club.

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.

Belper News, 2 November 1917
Mr and Mrs William Greenhough, of North View, Crich, received news the other day that their second son, Pte Vernon Greenhough, Sherwood Foresters, was killed in the recent fighting at the Front. He was previously wounded in France. He was about 26 years of age and prior to joining the army was employed as a miner.

Medal Index Record
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Army Service Record
Vernon Greenhough attested 4 June 1915 at Derby, a single collier aged 23 years 9 months. His height was 5ft 5in; weight 134 lb. His next-of-kin was his father William Greenhough.
6/3/16 Embarked Southampton
27/8/16 Scabies
29/9/16 Scabies
9/10/16 Gun shot wound VIII
10/10/16 Hospital at Boulogne then transferred to England on HS St Denis
4/11/16 to 12/3/17 Chipstead VAD Hospital
6/6/17 To Boulgne from Folkstone
8/7/17 JCT right toes
21/8/17 To duties
4/10/17 Killed in action

Sherwood Foresters Roll
Killed in action when in the attack near Poelcappelle, Belgium.

Courtesy Steve Morse

Map showing Poecappelle

[Notes by Steve Morse; historian for the 9th Sherwood Forsesters]
Vernon enlisted June 1915 and he arrived in France before 9th Battalion did! He possibly stayed at training camp at Etaples and was then sent to 9th Battalion when they arrived on 1 July 1916.

This Battle and the 9th (Service) Battalion has been recorded in "9th Service Battalion the Sherwood Foresters: The Nott's and Derby Regiment During the First World War" by John Stephen Morse.

Steven Morse

Steve Morse on the battle field at Poelcappelle, Belgium
Taken 4 Oct 2017 exactly 100 years after the battle

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials V
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Unit 9th Bn.
Date of Death 04/10/17
Service No 26858
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A.

War Graves Certificate for Vernon Greenhough in WW1

tyne Cot inscription for Vernon Greenhough

Vernon's inscription on the Tyne Cot War Memorial

Photo courtesy Chris Greenhough (with thanks to George Greenhough)

WW1 plaque to Vernon Greenhough

Vernon's Memorial Death Plaque

Soldiers' Effects Book
Vernon Greenhough; 9th Bn Notts & Derby; Private 26858; killed in action France 4.10.17; War Gratuity £10 10s 0d; paid out to:
14.1.18 mother Elizabeth £1 12s 10d
19.3.18 mother Elizabeth 5s 6d
19.11.19 father William £10.10s 0d

His brothers Thomas Greenhough and Jack Greenhough are also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Crich Cross

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Greenhough Head 35 Butcher Crich
Elizabeth Greenhough wife 35   Crich
Vernon Greenhough son 9   Crich
Thomas Greenhough son 7   Crich
Jane Greenhough daughter 5   Crich
Leslie Greenhough son 3   Crich
John Greenhough son 1   Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 45 page 9

1911: Market Place, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Greenhough Head 45 Wireworks labourer Crich
Elizabeth Greenhough wife 45   Crich
Vernon Greenhough son 19 Wire galvanizer Crich
Thomas Greenhough son 17 Steam joinery Crich
Jane Greenhough daughter 15 Hosiery worker Crich
Leslie Greenhough son 13 Steam joinery Crich
John Greenhough son 11 School Crich
Mary Greenhough daughter 8 School Crich
Ruth Elizabeth Greenhough daughter 6 School Crich
Margaret Greenhough daughter 4   Crich
Robert Greenhoughß son 1   Crich

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