Harry Aldwinkle (1)

Name Harry Aldwinckle
Corps Royal Field Artillery
Rank Gunner
Service No. 221683
Date/Place of entry
Date of death 1951

Harry Aldwinckle was born in 1887, the second of five sons born to Cecil Aldwinckle and his Sheffield-born wife Frances. Cecil was born Cottingham, a son of Bartholomew Aldwinckle, and grew up there during the 1860s and early 1870s. Bartholomew had been a farmer but by the 1860s was reduced to labouring. Cecil moved to Ilkeston on the Derbyshire – Nottinghamshire boundary and worked in the coalmines in various roles; as a sinker, a mining contractor and a labourer. His five sons all worked in the mines at one time though by 1911 Harry was employed in the lace making industry.

There were only two men of military age in England named Harry Aldwinckle in 1911.  Both appear in WW1 records. The first was a distant relative in the Merchant Navy. The second was a gunner in the Royal Field Artillery who seems certain to be Harry from Ilkeston. Unfortunately his name appears only on Medal Rolls so which battery he was attached to is unknown. Like his brothers Albert Edward Aldwinckle and Archibald Aldwinckle he must have been injured as he was listed on the Silver War Badge cards (This was awarded to servicemen who became sick or were wounded while serving in a theatre of war or at home). Their brother Frank Aldwinckle was killed in action in 1917.

Harry returned to Ilkeston after the war and resumed work in the lace industry though in 1939 he was described as a golf course green keeper. He and his wife Miriam had only one child, a son also named Harry who died at the age of seventeen.

Harry died in 1951.

For an account of the historic extended Aldwinckle family see John Bartholomew Aldwinckle. The following list gives the names of all known servicemen who were descended from Aldwinckles living Cottingham and Middleton in the nineteenth century.

(I also have information on a further five servicemen descended from the Aldwinckle family of Drayton in Leicestershire whose ancestors moved there from Cottingham in the eighteenth century. They are Ernest Aldwinckle, George Harry Aldwinckle, William Harold Aldwinckle, Herbert Aldwinckle and William James Aldwinckle. Please contact me <cottinghamsoldiers@gmail.com> if you would like to know more.)

Servicemen descended from Thomas Aldwinckle (1816-1899):
William Augustus Aldwinckle, Ralph Aldwinckle and Ernest Henry Aldwinckle.
Servicemen descended from Henry Aldwinckle (1770-1842):
John Bartholomew Aldwinckle, Charles Henry Aldwinckle, Arthur Edwin Aldwinckle, Frederick Wade Coles, Albert Edward Aldwinckle, Archibald Aldwinckle, Frank Aldwinckle, Harry Aldwinckle, William John Aldwinckle,  Harry Aldwinckle, George Robert Aldwinckle, Thomas Aldwinckle and Walter Aldwinckle.
Servicemen descended from William Aldwinckle (1807-1891):
Bartle Essex Aldwinckle, Charles Reginald Burdett, Alfred Norman Burdett and William Edward Burdett.
Servicemen descended from John Aldwinckle (1817-1884):
John Aldwinckle, Percy Aldwinckle, Henry Aldwinckle and Bernard Aldwinckle.