Luke Coleman


Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
3208 6th Reserve Battalion
Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) 200904 1/5th Battalion

Derbyshire Courier

Newspaper photograph of Luke Coleman


Courtesy Coleen Hardwick

Luke Coleman

Battlefield portrait

Luke was involved with Crich United Football Club

Derbyshire Courier 30 August 1913
Although accepted as members of the Erewash league, the United, under the ruling of the D.F.A.will again be members of the Matlock Junior League. Possessed of practical members on the committee, an enthusiastic secretary in Mr W. H. Perry, and a good list of serviceable players, the club is hoping to occupy a high position in the league table. Mr Maurice Deacon is the president, and Dr G.G. Macdonald and Mr G.C. Birch are vice-presidents. The committee is comprised of: Messrs. D.M. Brown (chairman), G.V. Ferguson (vice-chairman), Hy. Holtham, Hy. Wetton, F. Ward, Jos. Perry, F. Whitehead, F. and J. Porter, Isaac and William Coleman, C. Harper, I. Hartstone and Jas. Mellors. The majority of last season's players are retained and include A. Crowder (vice-chairman), John Curzon, A. Leafe, Luke Coleman, Tom Coleman, Vernon and Tom Greenhough, D. Cooke, and Wm. Rowe. New players include Jas. Amatt (late Holloway, who is to captain the team and who should provide prove a valuable acquisition), J. Hudson (Holloway), S.Taylor (goal), and A. Matthews (Whatstandwell), while the services of Mr G.C. Birch have been promised. Several other signatures are expected and although the club has lost the services of F. Mellors, who was been signed on by Sheffield Wednesday, Sam Taylor should prove a valuable substitute. The headquarters of the club are at the Black Swan Hotel, and the ground is Jefferies Lane Field. Financially the club is on the right side, a small balance of being in hand.
Mr J. Mellors is appointed groundsmen. And the contract for conveyance of players is let to Mr F. Davis of Holloway. Cup and Medal competitions have been entered for. The first home league match is on Wakes Saturday, Oct. 11th, when Slaley will be entertained.

There was a player called L.Coleman on a photograph of Crich Brigade Football Club dated1904–1905

Photo courtesy Les Barber

Crich Brigade Football Club 1905

H. Barber; A. Leafe; L.Coleman
A.Sulley; D.P.Hawkes(Capt); H.Stocks
S.Berrisford; E.Mason; J.Leafe; G.Parnham; E.W.Hartle

Luke attested on 29th October 1914 at Crich, aged twenty-six. He was living at Hilts Cottages, working in the quarries and was about six foot tall. He entered into France 25th June 1915, was promoted to Corporal on 1st November 1915, and on 1st July 1916 was reported missing, killed in action. The painting shown above was a “Battlefield Portrait”. His personal effects returned to the family were a pocket book, piece of chalk, a souvenir and brush. He was buried at Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, Foncquevillers, just south-west of Arras. Nearly two-thirds of the men buried were unidentified..

Medal Index Card

Awarded Victory, British War and 15 Star Medals. He entered France 25 June 1915 and was killed in action 1 July 1916.

Army Service Record

Luke attested 29 October 1914 at Crich. He was aged 26 years 8 months, single, height 6 ft, living at Hills Cottages, Crich.
29 October 1914 – attested; 5th Reserve Btn
1 July 1915 – appointed paid lance corporal; 5th Reserve Btn
23 April 1915 – transferred to 1/5th Btn.
1 November 1915 – promoted corporal
1 July 1916 – reported missing then killed in action (death reported for official purposes)

His next-of-kin was his father Aaron Coleman of The Cross, Crich. Also recorded were: mother Elizabeth; brothers Isaac 38, William 28, Tom 26, Percy 22; sisters Polly Barton 37, Elizabeth Wetton 33, Bertha Norton 28.
Isaac, William and Percy were living at The Cross; Tom on Surgery Lane; Polly in Fritchley; Elizabeth on The Common; Bertha on Vernon Street in Derby.
Nephews and nieces were: Nancy and Jack Barton; Ernest, Stanley, Nora, Bertha, Annie, Tom, Percy, Frank Norton.
Uncles and aunts were: Tom Coleman (65) of Unstone, Sheffield; Annie Hambleton (67) of Mickleover, Derby.

His personal effects were a pocket book, chalk, souvenir, brush.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials L
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Unit 5th Bn
Date of Death 01/07/16
Service No 200904
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference I.G. 2

WW1 War Graves certificate



1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Aron Coleman Head 34 Limestone quarryman Crich
Elizabeth Coleman wife 31   Crich
John Coleman son 12 scholar Crich
Isaac Coleman son 10 scholar Crich
Mary Coleman daughter 8 scholar Crich
Elizabeth Coleman daughter 5   Crich
Luke Coleman son 3   Crich
William Coleman son 6 mo   Crich

RG12 piece 2746 folio 90 page 6

1901: South Wingfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Luke Coleman servant 14 Farm servant Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 84 page 6

1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Aaron Coleman Head 54 Limestone rockman Crich
Elizabeth Coleman wife 51   Crich
Isaac Coleman son 30 Builders mason Crich
Luke Coleman son 23 Limestone rockman Crich
Tom Coleman son 16 Limestone rockman Crich
Purcy Coleman son 14 Farm hand Crich
Isaac Coleman brother (wdwr) 44 Limestone rockman Crich

RG14PN20984 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED13 SN164

Luke Coleman's brothers Isaac Coleman, William Coleman and Tom Coleman are also on the Roll of Honour.