Clumber on the War Path
This walk will take you across the Clumber estate, with the brave men who served in The Great War 1914 - 1918.
Remember our heroes of the First World War
These are people who worked on Clumber for the Duke of Newcastle and who went away to serve during the conflict, most never returned to this beautiful park.
National Trust Clumber Park main car park, grid ref: SK625746
Leave the Turning Yard and head towards the shop, go through the door in the wall and exit through the wooden gates to the left of the shop. Once you left this area turn right and cross the road.
Private George Carter 6715
George enlisted in Sheffield on 11 September 1914 . He was living in Worksop and working as an estate clerk for Clumber. He joined 13th Battalion and was attached to the 12th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment part of the Barnsley Pals . On 2 December 1915 he embarked at Davenport for active service in Alexandria, Egypt he was promoted to Lance Corporal on December 8 and landed January 1916. George Rose died aged 26 on 11 April 1918 and is buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez.
Once you have crossed the road, keep to the right hand side of it. Head up the slight incline towards the cricket pitch which will come into view as you go round the slight bend in the road.
Private Frank Knight 13670
Frank is shown to be one of five children living in Walesby in the 1901 Census. Frank was a plumber serving his apprenticeship at Clumber. He enlisted on 28 August 1914 aged 23 into the Sherwood Foresters.Initially he was posted to the depot and on 3 September 1914 was transferred to the 3rd Battalion. A month later he was posted to the 13th Battalion and finally to the 1st Battalion on 28 August 1915. Frank Knight was killed in action aged on 11 January 1916 he is buried in Ration Farm Military Cemetery, La Chappelle D’Armetieres.
Keeping the cricket pitch on your right hand side head for the wooden cricket pavilion. Once you reach the pavilion walk along the path at the rear of the building and go past the practice nets. Walk alongside the road for around 165yd (150m).
Private Rudolph Schmidt 13287
Rudolph was born in France into the household of Mrs F. K. Candy, the 7th Dukes mother in law. Upon his Swiss mothers death he was fostered to the Anderson family at Clumber, aged 7. By 1911 Rudolph was a house carpenter/domestic and a keen sportsman playing cricket and football as well as being part of the choir. He enlisted on 25 August 1914 and was posted to the Sherwood Foresters. Married on Valentines Day 1916 he adopted the name Richard Smith, anything Germanic sounding raised questions at that time. Rudolph Schmidt died aged 24.
On reaching this road junction, carry straight on walking past the Garden Tea House and the Estate Office buildings on your right, this section of road is car free apart from estate vehicles.
Lance Corporal T. Merrills
In 1901 Thomas was an agricultural labourer but by 1911 he was living in the ‘Bothie‘ at the Walled Kitchen Garden as an Apprentice. He enlisted in Worksop and was serving 1st Battallion Sherwood Foresters at the time of his death. The family received a letter from his Lieutenant W.E Brown stating ‘..The poor lad had been ordered to make a counterattack on Villers Brettoneux and our corps was leading the way to make the position. They came under very heavy machine gun fire. Your son was wounded early in action, and was killed instantly'.
Carry along the road as it turns from tarmac to red shale, you walk past our event field on your right. You soon reach a log barrier in the track, walk round this and you go through a recently felled woodland. This area is being restored to a natural broadleaved woodland from a mainly commercial woodland. You soon reach a junction of tracks, take the path in front of you and walk down the hill under the power lines towards the lake. Cross the lake over the causeway and rejoin the tarmac road and bear right along it. Follow the tarmac road up the hill through the trees.
Gunner George Whittaker 89409
In 1911 George was living with his widowed grandmother in Austerfield, Bawtry and was a Game Keeeper. He enlisted in Worksop into the Royal Garrison Artillery on 6 December 1915. 11 August 1916 he was posted to 193rd Siege battery RGA. He was admitted to hospital 24 April 1918 with debility and later died from polyneuritis. George Whittaker died aged 30 on 4 May 1918 he is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery.
Reaching the top of the hill turn right towards the wooden bus shelter. A short distance after this on the left is the Clumber Park War Memorial take time out to read through the names on it, and pause for thought. Once you are ready to move on head through Hardwick Village and continue towards Hardwick Grange Farm, at the bottom of the hill.
Private Frederick Albones 1352
The 1911 Census shows us Frederickk aged 19 living with six other children at Hardwick Terrace. Fred at the time was a dogman, his twin brother a labourer, Charley his younger brother an agricultural labourer and their father a horseman all working on the Estate. Fred enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters at Worksop on 29 August 1914. Later joining the 2nd Battalion he embarked for foreign shores on 12 May 1916 to join the Battle of the Somme. Fredrick Albones died during heavy artillery fire aged 24 on the morning of 16 September 1916.
At the bottom of the hill bear left at the junction and follow the sign pointing towards to the ford.
Sapper Cecil D. Welbourne
The 1911 records have Cecil lodging with the Lamb family in Milton, Tuxford. The Dukes of Newcastle had a Mausoleum there. He was employed as a joiner, the Lamb family were also joiners and wheelwrights. Cecil enlisted at Victoria Park, Middlesex into the 511th Field Company, Royal Engineers. Cecil Dunsmore Welbourne died age 29 on 29 October 1917 and has no known grave he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Reaching the ford cross over it by taking the footbridge over the it. While you crossing over the bridge have a look for large fish patrolling the shallows in the River Poulter. Carry on along the road to the junction at the brow of the hill, on reaching this point turn right along the road.
Private Frederick N. Gascoigne
1901 records show Fred working as a labourer later changing to a footman in the 1911 Census to the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle. He enlisted in Worksop to the 6th Battalion Kings Own Royal Lancashire Regiment and trained at Thorseby. He was sent to Mesopotamia approximately 4 months before his death of suspected dysentery. Frederick Norman Gascoigne died aged 30 on 02 July 1916 he is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.
Walk past Cabin Hill House on your left and after 55yd (50m) you go past a green electricity substation, 55yd (50m) after this a track appears into the woodland on the right and into a woodland called Tank Wood. Follow this path for 550yd (500m) as it follows the hedge line adjoining the field. Turn left at the bottom of the hill through the trees and climb the short incline to reach the top of the dam wall. You are now on the lakeside path, keep on this path with the lake on the right as you go through a mixture of habitats along the way.
Private Aylmer E. Tomlinson
In 1911 13 year old Aylmer was recorded as living at Cabin Hill, Clumber. At the time Aylmer's father was head forester and inspector on the Estate. Aylmer enlisted in Worksop with the Lincolnshire regiment, Reg. Num. 63872. He later joined the 1/4th North Lancashire Battalion. It was whilst serving with the Lancashire’s that he was killed at the third Ypres Battle, Passchendaele. Aylmer Erling Tomlinson died age 20 on 31 July 1917 he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres.
Once you reach the ornate temple on your left continue for a further 109yd (100m) and then take the cycle path to your left. Follow this as you go through a kissing gate and take a grass path to the right after about 20 meters. Keep on this path and bear right once you reach a much heavily used path and walk down the hill passing an information board about Sherwood Forest. Cross over the heathland towards the kissing gate and go through it. Once through the gate follow the this path up the slight incline and bear left after about 33yd (30m) along the grass paths. Keeping the woodland plantation on your left you soon exit the paddock and reach Drayton road.
Private Robert Malcolm Free
Records show Robert living with his wife at 60 Brixton Road, Radcliffe, Nottinghamshire. Robert enlisted in Worksop in 1914 in the 17th Manchester Battalion. His service records up to this point show him serving in the Sherwood Foresters with Reg. Num. 13100 and his medal records serving in the Army Service Corps Reg. Num. T4/064411. Robert Malcolm Free died of his wounds aged 28 on 25 September 1917 he is buried at Locre Hospice Cemetery, Belgium.
Once you reach the road turn right along the road towards Clumber Bridge. This road is open to traffic please take care along it. Keep a lookout as the view across the parkland opens up looking towards the Chapel and other buildings.
Private John William Tarr 1332
He enlisted on 25 August 1914 at Derby into the Sherwood Foresters 9th Battalion. He was one of the first of the ‘Clumber Boys’ to join the Colours. In 1911 Joe was boarding with the Anderson’s on the state, his parents lived in Budby. He had lived on the park for sixteen years and for the first five worked at the kennels before joining. John William Tarr died aged 30 on 26 September 1916 and is buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt.
On reaching the bridge cross over it and take the left hand fork in the road and continue for 33yd (30m). Take the road that is closed with a log barrier to the left and walk round the log barrier. Continue along the road for around 550yd (500m) to reach Lime Tree Avenue.
Private Cecil John Spyve 28482
Cecil enlisted in Worksop into the Sherwood Foresters and was attached to 2nd Battalion. The 1911 Census shows him, the eldest of seven, living with his parents in Bothamsall. His father was a general agricultural labourer and Cecil was to follow in his footsteps. His obituary in the Worksop Guardian on 12 January 1917 had him working in the Drainage Department on Clumber Estate. Cecil John Spyve died aged 25 on 17 December 1916 and is buried in Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy, France.
Once you have reached Lime Tree avenue turn a sharp right so you are walking between the 2 rows of mature trees. Keep glancing up you may spot a clump of mistletoe in the lime trees. Walking along the avenue the ages of the trees change from the larger ones planted in 1840 to the much younger trees planted in 1994 as part of the National trust centenary year. Reaching the next road junction turn sharp right and walk around the log barrier and take the left hand fork in the road. Continue along this road and on reaching the next crossroads cross straight over, be careful of road traffic at this point.
Private C.H. Wilson 30644
In 1911 Charles was living with his family at Carburton Lodge. At this time the family also had a lodger Arthur Scott ‘Estate Rabbit Catcher’. On 21 March 1918 the German army launched their Spring Offensive called Kaiserchlact, the Kaiser’s Battle. This led to German troops advancing onto lands gained after the Battle of the Somme. It is likely that Charles was killed in this battle. Charles Henry Wilson died aged 25 on 21 March 1918 and has no known grave he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.
After passing the woodland on your right the views start to open up as you reach the heart of Clumber as you are reaching your starting point. Follow the road for 220yd (200m) and as you reach the post and rail fence in front of you bear left and keep this fence on your right. You go past the toilet block on your left and you reach the café and shop in the turning yard.
Rifleman Herbert Cowley 43055
1911 records show Herbert living with his family in Elkesly, Retford. He originally enlisted in Retford with the Sherwood Foresters 11th Battalion, Reg. Num. 40920. Herbert later transferred to 10th Royal Irish Rifles Regiment Herbert Cowley died aged 19 on 6 August 1917 and has no known grave he is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres.
National Trust Clumber Park main car park, grid ref: SK625746
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