Private John Measures
4496 & 306476 1st/8th Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)

John (known as Jack) was born in 1898 in Basford, Nottingham son of George Measures, a coal miner surface banksman from Newark and his wife Mary A (nee Clarke) from Kimberley, Notts. In 1911 the family was living at 1, Pit Row, Underwood. John had 4 brothers Frank Henry (Francis), George, Richard and William all 4 being born in Selston, Notts. On the night of the 1911 Census, his brother William was only 7 weeks old and a ‘monthly nurse’ named Ada  Willmott is staying overnight as a visitor. Eliza Jane Clarke, his mother’s sister aged 38 is also staying with them.

Jack’s Medal Rolls Index Card gives his service numbers and indicates that he was a recipient of the British War and Victory Medals.  In 1918/1919 he is listed on the Absent Voters Roll as absent from Main Road, Westwood.

In 1924 he married Annie M Bradshaw in the Basford District.  They had children, Ronald, Alfred, Vera, Margery and Eileen.

Jack worked at Celanese plant at Spondon until he retired.

Jack died on 2nd February 1962 in the Belper District and his wife Annie pre-deceased him by a year and a day in 1961. After Annie died, Jack lived at 4 Palmerston St, Westwood with Mr & Mrs Cheeseman (Sue Clarke’s parents) before moving to live with his daughter and son-in-law Vera and Wil Bacon at Riddings until he died.

Our thanks to Sue Clarke for the additional information via Facebook.