Horace James Minkley (1883–1969)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 120 & 256637  
Royal Engineers WR175603  

Photo Courtesy Alice Minkley

Horace Minkley

Horace in later life

Born in 1883 at Swinderby Horace was living with his grandparents Thomas and Jane Minkley in 1891. He moved to Derbyshire and married Lily Nash in 1908. They lived in Fritchley and Horace worked on the railway.

He was home-based with the Foresters and was posted overseas when with the Royal Enginers. In the medal records he is ranked as "Sapper" but on the 1920 Crich Roll of Honour he is "Corporal".

Photo courtesy Alice Minkley

Horace Minkley and his wife

Horace and his wife Lily (Nèe Nash) 1968

1918 Voters List
Horace Minkley, Crich Carr, absent on military service.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and Territorial Force War Medals. He was the only Crich serviceman to receive this rarest of the campaign medals. It was granted to members of the Territorial Force who volunteered for overseas service on or before the 30th September 1914 who:
a. Were serving with the Territorial Forces on the 4th August 1914 or
b. had completed a period of not less than four years’ service with the Territorial Force before the 4th August 1914 and re-joined that Force on or before the 30th September 1914

1939 Register: Robin Hood, Whatstandwell
Horace J Minkley b.17 December 1883; sub ganger railway maintenance staff
Eleanor L Minkley b.3 July 1882
Horace S Minkley b.14 April 1910, labourer railway maintenance staff
three closed records

Horace Minkley married Lily Nash in 1908


1891: Woodmans House, Norton Wood, Sleaford

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
Thomas Minkley Head 51 Woodman Brassingham, Lincs
Jane Minkley wife 51   Warwick
Annis Eleanor Minkley daughter 8   Norton Disney
Horace James Minkley g.son 6   Swinderby

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1901: Gamstone, Notts

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
Horace J Minkley servant 17 Carter on farm Swinderby

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1911: Gamstone, Notts

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
Horace James Minkley Head 27 Railway platelayer Swinderby, Lincs
Eleanor Lillian Minkley wife 28   Holloway
Horace Stanley Minkley son 11 mo   Crich

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