John William Sulley (1883–1949)

Private

Royal Irish Regiment 5507  
Labour Corps 548165  

Biography
John was born at Ripley in 1884; his parents were Joseph and Hannah Sulley. Between 1891 and 1901 the family moved to live in Crich. Before joining the forces John was employed in the iron works. Enlisting in 1915, he saw active service in Palestine, Kantara and Egypt. Later he spent time guarding Turkish prisoners, arriving home in 1919. He married Doris A Bradshaw in 1924 and built his own home at East View, Crich

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

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 16 August 1919
CRICH, LEA & HOLLOWAY
It has been two and a half years since having his last leave Pte J.Sully (Royal Irish), of Crich Common, has arrived home. He joined up in 1915 and seen service in Palestine, Kantara and Egypt. For a period he has been guarding Turkish prisoners and speaks of their cleverness as workers in beads he has brought with him several souvenirs of their handiwork.

CENSUS INFORMATION

1891: Ripley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Sulley Head 49 Timber Sawyer Crich
Hannah Sulley wife 48   Tansley
Lavinia Sulley daughter 10   Crich
John W Sulley son 7   Ripley
Joseph H Sulley son 5   Ripley
Alfred Sulley son 2   Ripley

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1901: Market Place, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Sulley Head 49 Carter coal Fritchley
Hannah Sulley wife 48   Tansley
Lavinia Sulley daughter 20   Crich
John Sulley son 17   Ripley
Joseph Sulley son 14   Ripley
Alfred Sulley son 12   Ripley
Samuel Sulley son 8   Ripley
Thomas Sulley son 7   Crich

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Sulley Head 59 Grocer & farmer Fritchley
Hannah Sulley wife 58 Assisting in the business Tansley
John William Sulley son 28 Labourer iron works Ripley
Henry Sulley son 25 Working on farm Ripley
Alfred Sulley son 23 Working on farm Ripley
Samuel Sulley son 19 Blacksmith Ripley
Thomas Sulley son 17 Labourer lime works Crich

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Note that John's parents ages were the same in 1891 as in 1901!

1918 voters list
John Sulley, Chadwick Nick.

1939 Register: East View, the Common, Crich
John W Sulley b.27 May 1883; general labourer
Doris A Sulley b.30 August 1900
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