SIX STREETS DERBY

A VIBRANT, INNOVATIVE AND NURTURING COMMUNITY GROUP THAT ENHANCES THE LIVES OF LOCAL RESIDENTS

"Lest We Forget"


Our project was to explore the impact World War One had on our neighbourhood. Six Streets History were supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


All households in the area have received a copy of our history guide telling the stories of Six Street people in World War One.


If you are interested in receiving a copy please contact us at [email protected]


Download a copy here


Listed by address are people in the area that we know were involved in some way with the war effort. Mainly it is men who served in with the armed forces, but we have also included the stories of women who volunteered as Red Cross "Homeworkers" or as nurses in a local Auxiliary hospital on Duffield Road. We also looked at how local children might have been involved in the war effort.


The range of stories we have encountered has been varied. While we expected to find men who served with the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby) Regiment we have also found men who served with the newly formed RAF and with the Navy.


Individual stories include the German Immigrant who joined the British Army in 1911 but was deemed "Surplus to Requirements" in 1915; the Conscientious Objector who went on to serve with the Non Combatant Corps and the boy of 17 who tried to sign up despite being underage.


The Research behind our Project


We started our research with a list of men  (click here) who went away to fight base on voting registers.  is based on the . The Electoral Registers of 1918 and 1919 recorded if a man was away on active service. From this we were able to draw up a list of men who were away fighting.  


We also used evidence from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to search for local men who were killed on active service.  Other names have been added to our list from evidence collected along the way: newspaper reports, church magazines and information from family members.


If we know details of a man's military record this is shown.  A blank next to a name means we still have to research on this person. 


"KIA" means that a man died on active service and "WIA" means we know they were injured in the course of their service. Sometimes the available records do not provide enough information for us to identify a person with certainity. About 40% of the military records from World War One were destroyed during an bombing raid on London in World War Two.


Our HLF funded project has finished but we are continuing  to research the stories of local people in World War One.


Thanks are due to all those who have helped with our project - especially descendents of people from this area who fought or volunteered in World War One.


"Lest We Forget" - local people involved in World War One