Wilfred Bosley


Derbyshire Yeomanry 3152
3/1st Battalion

Lea Mills postcard

Photo of Wilfred Bosley in WW1

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals
Entered Egypt 27/04/15
Derbyshire Yeomanry 1448

Army Pension Record
Attested 16/01/14 at Cromford, address 22 North Street, Cromford. Father Joseph Bosley 22 North Street, Cromford
21/02/16 Attested as Private 5 years TE Derbyshire Yeomanry; aged 22 years and 4 months, height 5ft 4½in with brown eyes, dark hair; a hosiery worker
21/01/16 Embodied 3/1. Bounty allowed under Army Order 209 of 1916 £15; credited for present time £15
12/08/16 Transferred from 3/1
11/09/18 Posted 186 TF Depot
22/10/18 Discharged Para 192 xvi KR (no longer physically fit for War Service)
21/02/16 to 12/08/16 Yeomanty
23/08/16 to 27/08/18 BEF
28/08/18 to 10/09/18 En route
11/09/18 to 22/10/18 Home

06/05/18 Pneumonia dangerously ill Salonika
30/06/18 Out of danger Salonika
17/07/18 Perioslilis femur abscess thigh & leg & Empyema. Military Hospital Malta
11/09/18 Edinburgh Military Hospital

Allowance of 9/3 pw to soldier's mother Sarah Ann Bosley of 22 North Street, Cromford
Joined at Cromford 16/01/1911 Wilfred Bosley 1448 ( 5 years in the Territorial Force)
30/05/11 to 13/06/11 Sudbury
03/06/12 to 17/06/12 Chatsworth
23/05/13 to 16/06/13 Hardwick Park
16/01/11 to 11/04/15 Cromford
12/04/15 to 23/12/15 Med. Expd. Force
24/12/15 to 15/01/16 Home

Wilfred Bosley was a Cromford man who was among the first employeesof Lea Mills to volunteer for service in the forces. He joined on 4th August, 1914 and application had been made for his return on 28th August 1919. This application was under the terms of the King’s National Roll that asked firms to take back service men, especially the disabled, after the war. He was one of those who survived the whole war, although he had some traumatic experiences. He returned to work at Lea Mills in August 1919 and he is remembered on the Cromford Roll of Honour.

His brother William Bosley was killed, age thirty-two –died Thursday, 21 March 1918. Private, 20312 North Staffs Regiment. Son of Mr J Bosley of Cromford. Husband of Hannah Else (formerly Bosley) of Cowgate, Lea, Derbys. Memorial: Arras Memorial, France.

Letters to J B Marsden Smedley

Oct 22nd
Dear Sir

Just a line or two hoping to find you all quiet well as it leaves me in the best of health. I thank you very much for your most welcome parcel it came in very handy I can assure you we were stranded for a change of food when that came and saved us. You need a change of food I can tell you from the regular army issue though we are getting very good rations. I am cooking for my section & have been for about two months so I get a change of jobs now & again & like the job very much to I’ve 21 to cook for at the present time so I’m not overdone. The weather isn’t quiet so hot now we have had pretty well of rain this last month and it turns rather cold at night. I shall be very pleased when this is all over & we can all get back to work again so I will close now thanking you again
I remain Yours sincerely
W Bosley

Dear Sir,
Just a line or two in answer to your most welcome parcel. I am sorry to say I never received your last parcel you sent me while I was in Salonica. I was in hospital at the time. I was very bad to in bed for five months. I was suffering from Sceptic Pneumonia, malaria, abcesses a very bad thrush in the Throat & Periostitis of the Femur left leg. My leg was cut open five times four cuts above the knee and one in the calf. I can’t walk very well & no distance without a lot of pain in the foot. I had an operation in the back with a temperature of 103º they ? resected a piece of rib and took a lot of fluid from the back of the left lung – my heart was pushed over ½ inch to the right side. When I landed England they sent me up to Scotland – it is very cold to after the hot climate, but the food is very good plenty of amusements too. Give my kindest regards to Mr and Mrs Smedley for the parcel which was kind of you to send me.
I remain yours sincerely
Pte W Bosley
1st Derby Yeo, E2 Company Camp, Edinburgh War Hospital
Bangor, Scotland

Feb 6th
Dear Sir,
Just a line or two hoping to find you all well as it leaves me in the best of health except for a slight touch of influenza, but I am getting over it now. I received your parcel of hosiery & thanks very much for same they came in very handy we were having some very cold wet weather so they came in very useful. Me and J Kidd we sleep together in the same Bivouac & weve some exciting times with it, it fell in in the night + next morning all the blankets was wet so we had a nice time drying them. I shall be glad when it is all over & we can all get back again it will be a change to sleep in a good bed again & get between a clean pair of sheets. I have no more news this time so, I remain yours sincerely
Pte W Bosley

Jan 22nd
Dear Sir
Just a few lines hoping to find you all well as it leaves me in the best of health. I received you parcel last week & thanks very much for same contents very good indeed especially the preserved fruits they were extra. It was a larger & better parcel than the last it makes a good change in food. We had a very good Christmas here the weather was lovely just like a midsummer’s day & we had a very good dinner to so we had nothing to grumble at. Weve had splendid weather here till this last week, it froze very hard last night & the hills had a good sprinkle of snow on them they look beautiful with the sun on them & yet look cold when you see them in the front of you. I must say its very good of you to send parcels now & then & its nice to think you are not forgotten also. So I close now with kindest regards
I remain yours sincerely
Pte W Bosley

POSTCARD [CENSOR STAMP ON FRONT] also on front is written ‘On active service’
December 22nd
Dear Sir
Just a line or two hoping to find you all quiet well as it leaves me in the best of health. I received your most welcomed parcel of hosiery & writing paper & thanks very much for same they came in grand for me have had some very cold weather lately.
I remain yours sincerely
Pte Bosley W

Oct 1/10/16
Pte W Bosley
Machine Gun Sec, 1st Derbyshire Yeo, 7th Mounted Brigade
Salonika Force, c/o G P O, London
Dear Sir
Just a line or two hoping to find you all well as it leaves me in the best of health. I have managed to get back to the old section again I was sick of being in England twenty of us volunteered to come out here in August and joined the old regiment it’s a pleasure to get amongst some of the old boys again although theres very few of them left now I’m sorry to say. I am very sorry to hear of the death of your son at his early age which I am sure he will be very much missed at home. He has the honour of being killed while doing his bit bravely it’s a thing we all have to face and if I have the misfortune to stop one which I have missed so far and hope to do. It is same as those few words on the Bible say “ In mids’t of life we are in Death” and its very true I’m sure. We’ve had a roughish time up here and what makes it worse its very hot in the daytime and cold and damp at night + thousands of mosquitoes and they don’t half bite either raise lumps nearly so big as  marbles and then if you aren’t careful you catch Malaria Fever through them you find most of them where it is very swampy. ? This is one of the finest countries we have ever seen for fruit we had grapes figs peaches apples and then sugar melon, water melon, there’s tons of fruit gone rotten and splendid tamatoes all growing in the open. Well I have no more news this time only that I send you and your family my warmest sympathy in the severe loss you have sustained of your only son.
I remain yours sincerely
Pte W Bosley

Newspaper reports

Wilfred Bosley appeared in several photographs and reports on the Derbyshire Yeomanry which appeared in the High Peak News,

HIGH PEAK NEWS Saturday April 24 1915
now on active service in charge of Sergt. Herbert Gillott

Derbyshire Yeomanry 1915

Sergeant Herbert Gillott was the younger brother of Frederick Gillott who was a Lea Mills worker and served in the war.

High Peak News 10 July 1915

Derbyshire Yeomanry in WW1

The photograph we give above contains residents well-known in Matlock, Cromford, Tansley, Ashover, etc. Some of the names are as follows: Sgt-Maj T.Barton, Sgt Farmer, Sgt Outram, W.Bosley, T.Greatorex, A.Redfern, Snowball, P.Wright, H.Gillott, T.Huddart, W.Gordon, Worthy, P.Sellors, Jack Allen, Jno. Twigg, Harold Taylor, and Knowles.

Derbyshire Times 11 September 1915
CROMFORD soldiers wounded
Private J.Allen (Cromford) of the Derbyshire Yeomanry, has sent in another interesting letter to a friend of his. Private Alan is almost filling the role of war correspondent with the Yeomanry, and all his letters have been read with the keenest interest by those who had relatives with that branch of the service. "We are now in the thickest of the fighting somewhere in the Dardanelles, and I can tell you it is like hell on earth," he writes, "the first day we landed, shells were dropping all around from the big Turkish guns, which we have named "Beachy Billys". They do very little damage unless they hit direct. I am pleased to tell you we are greatly assisted by our gallant Navy. As soon as Beachy Billy fires one or two shots out big naval guns soon quieten him. We have had very few casualties yet in our division. I think that we are to be praised for giving up our horses; we were cavalry one day and in two days we were dished out with infantry packs, and are now fighting along with the brave boys in the Dardanelles. I have not met any pals from our district yet. I don't know if I shall, but I hope so. All the lads from our district are quite safe up to the time of writing, but some have had very lucky escapes. Some of us were going for our water allowance when a shell burst, killing an Indian soldier and his mule. I am pleased to say that we are still happy in our little dug-out. The Allied forces have now gained some valuable positions, and I have no hesitation in saying that things are going well in our favour over in this quarter of the war zone. We have had several aerial attacks but they have been soon driven off with our naval air guns. We have now got used to the noise of the big guns, and are happily living on our bully and biscuits."

In a later letter Private J.Allen says he has been wounded. He states: – "Just a few lines to let you know I have been wounded twice in a terrible battle which I'm sure will count in this fight for freedom. I got a bullet through my jaw, and a shrapnel wound through my wrist, but I am still alive to tell the tale. We lost a considerable number of men, but gained the position we were set to take, and which will assist this war to a nearer the end. I don't think I shall be able to do any more fighting, but my heart is with those who come along to bring this war to a successful issue. "Buck up lads of the Derbyshire Yeomanry" was our leaders order, and we did. We stuck together like glue, never worrying about losing men. We beat the enemy back under our splendid, cool-headed leader. I wish him luck to gain the lads of the Derbyshire Yeomanry good name in their opportunity to do their duty.

In addition to Trooper J. Allen, Trooper Wilfred Boseley (Cromford), of the Derbyshire Yeomanry, has also been wounded while serving in the Dardanelles. In a letter to his father and mother, Mr and Mrs H.Gillott, of Water Lane, Cromford, Sgt Herbert Gillott states that Trooper Boseley was wounded in the leg, and taken to a base hospital, Sgt Gillott had a narrow escape, a bullet going through his sleeve and singeing his arm. In the same action a machine gun was blown to pieces. Some of the wounded lay from twelve to twenty hours and their agony was increased by the grass catching fire.

Derbyshire Courier 18 September 1915
photo of Wilfred BosleyNo news has been received from TrooperWilfred Bosley, of Cromford, who was reported wounded last week. In a letter to his parents, Mre and Mrs H Gilllott of Water Lane Cromford, Sergeant H Gillott states that Trooper Bosley was wounded in the leg and was taken to a base hospital. No official confirmation has ben received and Trooper Bosley's parents are anxiously waiting for news from him. e was one of the Cromford men who went to the Dardanelles in July.

High Peak News 25 September 1915
A fortnight ago we chronicled the report that Private Bosley was one of the wounded men of the Brave Gun Section, which is under the direction of Sgt Gillott of Cromford. At that time Private Jack Allen was reported wounded also. A letter has now reached the parents of Private Wilfred Bosley, Mr and Mrs Joseph Bosley, of North Street, which gives more reassuring news. He has written from the Australian hospital at the Dardanelles; his letter was dated September 1st, reaching Cromford on Sunday morning. Mrs Bosley told our representative that at first they thought that under the strain of gun section work at the front his knee had given way as it had done at home before he left England. He now writes that they are very kind to him at the hospital where he is sick and that he expects soon to be back with his Regiment again.
A letter arrived on Monday from Private W.A.Greatorex's mother, Mrs Greatorex, of Cromford Hill, stating that Private Bosley was expected to be with his comrades soon – in a few days he says. This is good news indeed.

High Peak News 5 February 1916

Derbyshire Yeomanry

We are now permitted to give full details of the Gallipoli campaign. As is well-known hereabouts the contest against the Turks has a close touch with Matlock, Matlock Bath, Cromford, Tansley, and Ashover. A well-known commissioned officer, who spent eight months on the peninsula, cold is only the other day the Turk was a gentleman as compared with the brutal German. The Turk never fired on a hospital ship. But what of the Hun? There have been arriving by dribblets, from the Dardanelles, many local men who have done splendid work for King and Country over there. Our photograph gives a unique group of our Yeomanry soldiers, taken in Egypt's. They will be recognised. Some of the names are as follows: –Sgt-Maj T.Barton, Sgt Farmer, Sgt Outram, W.Bosley, T.Greatorex, A.Redfern, Snowball, P.Wright, H.Gillott, T.Huddart, W.Gordon, Worthy, P.Sellors, Jack Allen, Jno. Twigg, Harold Taylor, and Knowles.



1901: 22 North Street, Cromford

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Bosley Head 37 Journeyman shoemaker Alstonfield
Sarah Ann Bosley wife 34   Hartington
William Bosley son 15 Shoemaker apprentice Alstonfield
Albert E Bosley son 9   Alstonfield
Wilfred Bosley son 7   Alstonfield
Mabel Bosley daughter 3   Cromford
Frances Bosley daughter 3 mo   Cromford

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1911: 22 North Street, Cromford

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Joseph Bosley Head 47 Bootmaker, foreman Alstonfield
William Bosley son 25 Bootmaker journeyman Alstonfield
Albert Edward Bosley son 19 Hosiery frame tender Alstonfield
Wilfred Bosley son 17 Hosiery frame tender Alstonfield
Mabel Bosley daughter 13   Cromford
Frances Bosley daughter 10   Cromford
Florence Bosley daughter 9   Cromford

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