Lance Corporal John SELLORS

Sherwood Foresters
(Notts and Derby Regiment)
2nd/7th (Robin Hood) Battalion
Service Number:
Date of Death:
6 April 1918 - Died of wounds
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Number:
B. 4..

Personal History:

John was probably born in August 1888 (i.e. baptised at St John's Church, Buxton on 29th August). He was the son of John (Slater and Plasterer) and Alice Sellors of Scarsdale Place, Buxton, Derbyshire. He had three older siblings, Florence, George and Mary, and two younger sisters, Alice and Minnie (1901 Census RG 13/3269).

In 1911 (Census RG 14/21237) John was employed as a "House Slater" and living at 12 London Road, Buxton, with the rest of his family.
In August 1919 John's father, John, received his total "effects" amounting to 25 1s 8d [25.08], which included a 12 "War Gratuity". (This total of 25.18 has an equivalent value of about 1,060 today - 2016.]

Military History:
According to the SDGW database John enlisted in Buxton. He was originally numbered 20519, later changing to 269734. His Medal Index Card gives no indication when he entered the War, usually indicating it was after 31st December 1915, as he did not qualify for the 1914-15 Star. However, from his Service Number it seems John enlisted around Feb/March 1916.

In 1916 the 2/7th Robin Hoods had been sent to Ireland on 26th April 1916, with the rest of the 59th Division, to help suppress the 1916 Easter Uprising in Dublin. The division return to England in January 1917 and then moved to France, landing at Le Havre on the 27th February. The 2/7th took part in many actions, including at 'Third Ypres' and Cambrai. In particular they engaged the enemy on 14th March - 5th April 1917 (German retreat to the Hindenburg Line); 20th - 25th September 1917 (Battle of the Menin Road); 26th September - 3rd October 1917 (Battle of Polygon Wood) and 30th November - 3rd December 1917 (German counter attacks).

As the 7th Battalion, in 1918, they fought at the Battle of St. Quentin (21st -23rd March 1918) and the First Battle of Bapaume (24th - 25th March 1918). At the time of John Sellors' death the Battalion, now the 7th Sherwood Foresters, was not near the front line nor involved in any working parties, so it would seem John Sellors may have died of wounds. On 1st April they were in St Jan ter Biezen and moved on 7th to billets at Winnezeele.

It is not possible to determine where and when John received his wounds from which he died, but as he buried in Halle Communal Cemetery which was used by the Germans during the First World War, and after the Armistice, by the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, it is possible, therefore, that he was a prisoner of war when he died in April 1918 and was buried by the Germans. However, the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) has not corresponding records of him being a P-o-W.

· Buxton Advertiser 25 March 1916
· I am grateful to Martin McNeela for extracts from: "THE ROBIN HOODS" 1/7th, 2/7th, & 3/7th Battns, Sherwood Foresters 1914-1918  - Written by
  Officers of the Battalions. (ISBN: 9781847349927)
· ... and also to "The War Graves Photographic Project" for the photo of John's grave.
· National Army Museum; Chelsea, London, England; Soldiers' Effects Records, 1901-60
· Church of England Parish Registers, Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock, Derbyshire.

Link to CWGC Record
John Sellor's grave