Hubert (Bert) Petts (1896–1916)

Lance Corporal

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 14002 10th Battalion

Photo Lea Mills postcard

Photo of Bert Petts

Bert was born in 1896, worked at Lea Mills, and enlisted into the Foresters in September 1914. Entering France in July 1915 he was promoted to Lance Corporal and then killed in action at St. Eloi on 3rd March 1916. His death is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, on the Lea Mills Memorial and on the Alderwasley Memorial .

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals.

Lea Mills Roll of Honour & Letters
Joined up 04/09/14

Hubert's brother George Petts was also in the Sherwood Foresters and was promoted to sergeant as reported in the Derbyshire Times dated 21 August 1915


Alderwasley people have been very pleased to hear during the past week of the achievements of two of their soldiers, viz., George Petts, jnr, of the 5th Sherwood Foresters, who has been promoted to full sergeant while in the fighting line somewhere in France, and George Repton, son of Mrs Repton, who has gained the DCM in the Dardaneeles where he is working with the Field Servives Telegraph Department.

Two more young fellows from Alderwasley have joined the forces, viz,. Frank A Alsop and Dennis Griffin, who were both employed at Bury Hill Farm, Alderwasley.

Derbyshire Courier
18 March 1916
Lance Corporal A. Petts, Alderwasley

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Surname Petts
Forename Hubert
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Unit 10th Bn
Date of Death 03/03/16
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 39 and 41

War Grave Certificate for Bert Petts


Lea Mills Memorial to WW1 men

Memorial outside Lea Mills


Alderwasley War Memorial
Alderwasley War Memorial
Alderwasley War Memorial

Three photographs of Alderwasley War Memorial

Soldiers' Effects Book
Hunert Petts; 10th Notts & Derby Regt; L/Cpl 14002; died in Belgium 3.3.16; War Gratuity £6 10s 0d; paid out to:
22.6.16 father George £6 9s 0d
27.8.19 father George £6 10s 0d


1901: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
Hubert Petts patient 5   Whatstandwell

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1911: Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
George Petts Head 55 Estate bailiff Crich
Mary Ellen Petts wife 53   Wirksworth
Emily Petts daughter 24 No occupation Alderwasley
Mary Petts daughter 20 No occupation Alderwasley
George Petts son 18 Joiner Alderwasley
Arthur Petts son 17 Stone mason on estate Alderwasley
Hubert Petts son 15 No occupation Alderwasley
Edith Petts daughter 11 School Alderwasley
Sarah Petts daughter 10 School Alderwasley

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