JOHN WILLIAM LONGMATE
10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters
Missing presumed dead - 14th February 1916
Not long after in 1897 John's little sister arrived, named Elizabeth she was born on 11th December 1897. In 1901 the family were living at 9 Canal Row, Staveley. Another son was born on 18th June 1901 named Robert Edward and then on 26th March 1904 James Harold was born.
Unfortunately the service records for John have not survived but a newspaper article states that John joined up in the November of 1914. If this was correct then John would only have been around 18 years old when he enlisted. He joined the 10th Battalion Sherwood Forester Regiment, a local regiment he probably went along with a friend or two to enlist.
"The Germans, preceded by a large number of bombers, who from some accounts were dressed in khaki, with white bands on their right arms, jumped into our front line trenches as the guns lifted and must have been well across "no mans land" before the bombardment lifted"
Once in our trenches the Germans found little resistance, what troops were left would have been worn out, most likely wounded and most definitely in shock of the tragic situation which had just unfolded. The enemy moved through the communication trenches but were stopped in their tracks by the B.E.F in the support trenches.
It was decided that a counter attack would take place and the 7th Lincolnshire Regiment and the 7th Border Regiment were brought in to back up the 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters. The outcome of this attack was summed up in one small sentence "The counter attack was not successful".
Private John William Longmate lost his life at an unknown time during the tragic events of 14th February 1916. The surviving men of the Battalion were relieved in the trenches on 15th February. A counter attack with bombs was also ordered, but sadly this to was unsuccessful.
The news that there was worry over John's whereabouts soon arrived in New Whittington. His "missing" status was reported in the Derbyshire Times at the end of February. Just two weeks after John's given date of death. The report also gave John's place of work before the war as Staveley Company's Ireland Colliery.
A more detailed article with a photograph of John was placed in the Derbyshire Times on 4th March 1916. It reported that John had been present at Ypres, where there had been heavy fighting and that John had not been heard of since that time.
John Longmate, Private 18951 is remembered at The Menin Gate Memorial in the Belgian city of Ypres. His name can be found inscribed on the panel 39 or 41.
John was awarded the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 15 Star for his service.
Life went on....
James & Emily Longmate lived at 105 Chesterfield Avenue, New Whittington at the time of John's death. The family appear to have remained in the surrounding area.
|Probate entry for James William Longmate|
Elizabeth Longmate may have married Oliver Barson in 1924. Oliver was around the same age as her brother John, they had both worked in the iron moulding trade before the Great War. Elizabeth and Oliver may have had a daughter named Joan in 1928. In 1939 the family were living in the Staveley area. Oliver died in 1956 and Elizabeth died in 1981.
Robert Edward Longmate died in 1975.
James Harold Longmate may have married Muriel Mapes in 1942. He died in 1980 aged 76 years old.
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Ref and further reading -Census
Soldiers who died in the Great war
Register of soldiers effects
Newspaper articles - Derbyshire Times
Illustrations via the Internet Archive free book images.
War diary 10th Battalion Sherwood Foresters - Ref WO 95 2002/2-1