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A few interesting people buried here (in no particular order) :

Stanley Hawley FRAM (1867-1916), Musician and composer

copyright imageHarry Stanley Hawley, known as 'Stanley' was a pianist and composer, born on Gladstone Street. His father was a butcher on South Street and died before Stanley's first birthday. Stanley attended Derby Grammar School on a scholarship and at only 15 he became organist at the Independent Chapel in Pimlico, Ilkeston. A year later he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. Two of his compositions, The Bells and Riding through the broom were performed at the 'Proms' in 1895. 
When composer Edvard Grieg heard Hawley play his piano concerto at the Queen's Hall he declared that Hawley played it much better than him! He was secretary of the Royal Philharmonic Society and did much to promote British Music, being elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. His portrait by Frank Mura hangs in the gallery there. In 1907 he played the organ at his mother's funeral service in St Mary's Church, Ilkeston.
While at the height of his powers in London, Stanley developed a blood clot on the brain. He was moved back to Ilkeston where he sadly died at his sister's house on Derby Road, aged only 49 on June 13th 1916.
In the following month the Musical Review included an appreciation of Stanley :

“As far as the musical profession, everyone in West London circles knew and loved him. Living in chambers close to West End concert halls, Mr. Stanley Hawley was able to put in appearances and to answer calls upon his time with all the willingness that so well became him. He never spared himself to do a kind action. If he found a student or friend who specifically wanted to go to a concert, a ticket was at once produced. He never thought of himself when there was an opportunity open for his generosity. Nor was there any jealousy in his nature where fellow-musicians were concerned. Good humour and the desire to make life pleasant and to be of service were his ruling passions”.  *

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Reverend Arthur Copley JP (1862-1938), Baptist Minister
Born in Nottingham on November 25th 1862, Arthur was the son of John and Millicent Copley. He was the minister of Stapleford Baptist Church in 1896 and 1897 and became Minister of the Queen Street Baptist Church at Ilkeston in 1898.

Rev Copley was a ferocious advocate for the poor children of the town, and every year the chapel held a Christmas Day tea for them. His daughter Beatrice Lilian (d. 1956) was a fine musician.
Along with Charles Maltby (see below) Rev Copley was one of those presented to King George V and Queen Mary when they visited Ilkeston on June 25th 1914. He lived on Lord Haddon Road, Ilkeston.

George Daybell (1851-1925), Police Superintendent

copyright imageGeorge Daybell was born at Morton near Southwell on December 15th 1851, the son of William and Ruth Naomi Daybell. He joined the Derbyshire Constabulary in 1877 and was promoted to Sergeant in 1884. He was an Inspector at Ilkeston from 1887 to 1892 and after spending time at Derby, returned to Ilkeston in 1894. He was Superintendent of the Ilkeston Borough Constabulary for 20 years.
He married in 1872 to Elizabeth Ann Maltby of Lambley, Nottinghamshire. During the First World War, Daybell and his English bulldog ‘Chummy’ collected hundreds of pounds for the war effort.

Leonard Whittlesee (1872-1936) Soldier in India and miner

Leonard was born in Kineton in Warwickshire. His father John was a labourer. Leonard joined the 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards (a cavalry regiment) and served over eight years in India on the Punjab frontier and at Samana. He later served with the Sherwood Foresters and volunteered for the First World War in 1915 at the age of 43 but was retired due to illness the following year with the rank of acting corporal.

At one time he was a Special Constable and worked as a coal miner underground, finishing his career as a night watchman for eighteen years at Manners Colliery. His funeral was conducted by Major Huxstep of the Salvation Army on March 10th 1936. 
Thomas Beardsley (1888-1904), Miner

A miner at Manners Colliery, Thomas Beardsley was accidentally killed by a roof-fall.
Both his father Charles and his grandfather were killed at the same pit. Charles was aged only 25 when he died.
Francis Sudbury JP (1842-1908), Five times Mayor
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He was born at Ilkeston on October 6th 1842, the youngest son of Francis Sudbury, a hosiery and glove manufacturer.

In 1866 Francis married Elizabeth Bennett.  The last Chairman of the old Ilkeston Local Board, he was instrumental in petitioning Queen Victoria for a Royal Charter for Ilkeston, which was granted in 1887 and he became the Borough of Ilkeston's first Mayor in that year. 
He was elected an Alderman and as Mayor five times in total, more than any other. His portrait as the first Mayor still looks over the Mayor's Parlour at Ilkeston to this day.
Edwin Jeffery (1897-1919), Army Medic in the Great War

copyright image (c) John and Jenifer Giblin 2014Edwin was born on 19th August, 1897 and was educated at Bennerley School. He was a chorister at Cotmanhay Church and like his father he became a miner. They moved to 136 Cotmanhay Road in 1913 when Edwin was working at Woodside Colliery, Shipley. He had four sisters and two brothers. He enlisted on 22nd May 1915 in the Royal Army Medical Corps and was initially based at the Military Hospital, West Bridgford. Edwin was later posted to Malta, where he served at St. Elmo Hospital until 12th July 1918, when he was posted to Italy.

Edwin arrived back in the UK on 23rd January 1919 and was demobbed at Ripon the next day. On returning home he took up his previous occupation as a coal miner, but sadly died on 28th July 1919 following complications arising from treatment to a boil on his forehead. He was 21 and is one of many ex-servicemen buried in the cemetery.
William Columbine (1859-1937), Hosier
Living at Ingleside on Field Road when he died, William Columbine had worked in the hosiery trade all his life and had taken over Henry Carrier’s hosiery business in 1904.

Gisborne Brown (1842-1930), Chorister

The oldest chorister at St Mary’s Church, he had been a member of the choir for 78 years. He started work as a miner at West Hallam Colliery when he was 11 years old, and was then had a shop selling boots and shoes. He and his wife had 9 children.

Edwin Trueman (1851-1923), Local Historian

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Edwin Trueman was born at Cossall, Nottinghamshire on May 7th 1851, the son of James Trueman. The family moved to Ilkeston in 1858. After leaving school age 10, he followed the profession of compositor in the printing trade.

Edwin Trueman later became Editor of the Ilkeston Pioneer newspaper and published several books including Portrait Gallery of Ilkestonians (1887) and History of Ilkeston (1899). He had a considerable reputation for his knowledge of local history.
Edward Lloyd (1892-1918), Wounded in the Great War

copyright imageEdward was born in 1892 in Cotmanhay. By 1911 the family had moved to Shirebrook, where both father and son worked as coal hewers in the colliery there.

When war broke out, Edward volunteered for the 12th Sherwood Foresters on 2nd November 1914 at Ilkeston. His army service record says that he was 5’7” with brown hair and eyes and a fair complexion.  Serving first in England, he embarked from Southampton on 28th August 1915, arriving at Le Havre the following day.

On 27th November 1915 he married Florence Jane Parry at Awsworth Parish Church. She was 17 years old and expecting their child. Samuel Edward Humphrey Lloyd was born on 11th May 1916. His mother died the following day. Samuel himself, who was being cared for by his mother’s parents died on 24th November, aged just over six months.

On 21st June 1917 Edward suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the right thigh and leg and was sent back to England on 1st July 1917. On 13th July he was also diagnosed with tuberculosis.

The army discharged him as physically unfit and ‘totally disabled’ on 16th October 1917.  Sent for treatment in a sanatorium, he never recovered and died on 12th April 1918, aged 26. He is buried with his father and brother, but their grave is unmarked.

Charles Maltby JP (1848-1928), Lace Manufacturer and Mayor
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He was born at Nottingham on March 16th 1848, the son of Joseph Maltby. He came to Ilkeston in 1862 and married in 1871 to Eliza Ann, the daughter of JP Long of Ilkeston. Their former residence, Dalby House, is now home to the Erewash Museum, Ilkeston.
Charles was twice Mayor of Ilkeston and also served as an Alderman.

George Andrew (1854-1937), Ironmonger and fireman

copyright imageGeorge was born at Leighton Buzzard on July 15th 1854. He came to Ilkeston in 1873 to manage the Ironmongery business of Alderman W. Merry on the Market Place. Seven years later he opened his own shop on Bath Street and served as President of the Ilkeston Tradesmens Association for several years. There was an 'Andrew, Ironmonger' shop on Bath Street for the best part of a century.

His obituary states him to be a ‘devoted churchman’ and a ‘staunch conservative’ and a Rotarian. He was also one of Ilkeston's first proper firemen, from 1876. His first wife was Emelette Aquilla Doar of Stanton-by-Dale and they had two sons and a daughter. After her death he re-married.


Samuel Richards JP (1828-1901), Grocer and Mayor

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He was born at Ilkeston on June 9th 1828, the eldest son of Samuel and Mary Richards.

He followed the same career as his father, that of a mining contractor, until a serious accident at the age of  22. Following this he began business as a grocer.

In 1853 he married Martha (1830-1914), daughter of Mr William Mellor. He was elected an Alderman and served as Mayor for two years.
copyright imageAchilles Rawdin Brown (1833-1905), Macebearer
The Borough of Ilkeston's first Macebearer, he held this post from 1887 to 1905. A lace hand and sometime Police Constable by trade, in 1859 he married Maria Smith (1837-92). They had six children, only three of whom survived into adulthood. 
Achilles is buried in an unmarked grave. 
William Clements (1824-1909), Crimean War Veteran
copyright image (c) Peter Cave 2014From the Ilkeston Pioneer, 30 April 1909

"The small remaining band of Crimean veterans was further depleted on Saturday by the death in Ilkeston of Mr William Clements, of Brussells Terrace, who passed away at the age of 85. Deceased was not well known in the town although he had lived there for ten years as a lodger with Mrs Castle. Previously he had lived for 26 years with Mrs Castle’s mother in Bicester, his home town. Clements was born on January 17th, 1824, and served in the Oxford Militia for some years until the outbreak of the Crimean War. He then enlisted in the 7th Royal Fusiliers and proceeded straight to Balaclava. He was in the trenches there for 20 months, including the severe winter of 1854-5. Whilst there he was wounded by a Russian soldier, who ran him through the hand with a sabre. He killed his assailant by bringing the butt end of his rifle down on the man’s head. At one time Clements was on Lord Cardigan’s escort. Speaking of the privations endured during the siege of Balaclava, deceased used to relate how for many months the soldiers lived on dry biscuits and raw pork. Coffee beans were also dealt out to them, and these they ground and mixed with cold water. After the Crimean war he returned to Aldershot, where he had been stationed seven months when the Indian Mutiny occurred. He was amongst the first of the soldiers sent out to India, and was principally engaged in looking after native prisoners, many of whom were shot, hanged, or blown from the cannon’s mouth. Whilst in India he served under Sir Sydney Cotton, and remained at Pershorse [Peshawar?] for three years after the mutiny had been quelled. Returning to Aldershot, he transferred to the Army Hospital Corps, and eventually left the colours after serving 26 years and seven months. Clements had two medals and a bar for the Crimean war. He enjoyed a pension of 1s. 6d. a day.

While he may not have been so well known in the town, a large crowd assembled on Bath Street as the gun carriage, supplied by the 4th North Midland Howitzer Brigade, carried the coffin from Brussells Terrace to the Catholic church. It was accompanied by the newly-formed 1st Ilkeston Boy Scout troop, the Ilkeston St Mary’s Company of the Church Lads’ Brigade, the Ilkeston Territorial Band, G Company of the 5th Sherwood Foresters (Territorials) who formed the firing party, a dozen men from the Derbyshire Yeomanry, representatives of the local Soldiers and Sailors Help Society and various local dignitaries. But perhaps most prominent were ten members of the Derbyshire Imperial Veterans Association in their crimson sashes, each having served their 21 years and been amongst the last to have worn the red tunic of the British soldier. Other old soldiers took part.

Father McCarthy, at the close of the rites, delivered a brief address. They looked back, he said, to the early fifties of the last century when their dead friend was a soldier in the Crimean war. He had as his friends and companions the Crimean veterans whom they saw amongst them that day and whom they were proud to have in their midst. The deceased was in the great battles of Inkerman and the Alma, and knew those great heroes of the Light Brigade at Balaclava, whose achievements would inspire the manhood of all days and all climes. He lived at a time when soldiering was a much more difficult career than now, and when there was not the high medical skill such as they had in the present day. For twenty months he fought the Russians in the Crimea, and they knew he nobly did his duty.

Superintendent Daybell and his police force watched over the procession as it made its way along Park Road and the Avenue to the cemetery and down to the lower slope. The drizzle that had been falling earlier in the day turned to heavy rain as the priest concluded the ceremony, the riflemen fired their volleys and the Last Post was sounded. Altogether, a remarkable feat of organisation in under seven days."

On a pension of 1/6d a day and with no family, William Clements didn’t leave a great deal behind. His funeral and headstone were paid for by his friends and by subscription through a memorial fund.


... We hope to add to this section as time allows

Many thanks to Ilkeston & District Local History Society, Peter Cave, Ann Featherstone and Grant Shaw for this section.
*Many thanks (and apologies) to www.oldilkeston.co.uk from whose website some of the information about Stanley Hawley is taken.
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