|Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)||26858||9th Battalion|
Photos courtesy Chris Greenhough
Vernon is extreme left front row
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 attack near Poelcappelle, Belgium, on 4 October 1917. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Photo courtesy Chris Greenhough (with thanks to George Greenhough)
Vernon's Memorial Death Plaque
His brothers Thomas and Jack are also on the Roll of Honour.
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.
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
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.
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.
|Regiment/Service||Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)|
|Date of Death||04/10/17|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A.|
|Cemetery||TYNE COT MEMORIAL|
1901: Crich Cross
RG13 piece 3231 folio 45 page 9
1911: Market Place, Crich
RG14PN20983 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED12 SN12