George Cowlishaw (1899–1978)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 91403 2nd & 7th Battalions
Leicestershire Regiment 43611  

Derbyshire Courier 4 May 1918

Newspaper photo of George Cowlishaw in WW1

George Cowlishaw was born at Coddington, half a mile to the west of Crich, on 11th May 1899. He was the sixth of the twelve children of George Cowlishaw and Selina Henson. Of the children who survived beyond infancy, George had five brothers and four sisters.
George and his five brothers all suffered, to varying degrees with muscular dystrophy, which affected their mobility. At the time of the First World War George’s condition was evidently not severe enough to prevent him from entering the armed forces, though the condition became increasingly debilitating as he grew older. He enlisted in August 1917.

In 1918 he was wounded, as reported in the newpapers, and was trasferred to a sick convoy on 12 April 1918.
After the war George returned to live with his parents at Crich Carr. He was involved with Whatstandwell Football Club and was part of their medal-winning team of 1922–23.

Whatstandwell Football Club 1923

George Cowlishaw

Some time later he moved to live at Derby where he worked for a number of years at the depot of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps on Sinfin Lane. He married a widow, Vera Mary Dagley (née Broadhurst) in 1941, and from this marriage George became the stepfather of two young boys. George Cowlishaw passed away at Derby in 1978, aged 79 years.
George’s cousins Norman Henson and George Henry Henson are also listed on the Roll of Honour, as is George’s brother-in-law Arthur Mason.
[ Simon Johnson]

Field Ambulance Record
G Cowlishaw 91403
Years Service: 1 year
Month with field forces: 1/4
Ailment: Gunshot wound back
Date transferred to Sick Convoy: 12/04/18
Date of transfer from Sick Convoy: 12/04/18 17th Field Ambulance
Notes written in the Observations Column: 35th Ambulance Train
Religion: Primitive Methodist
Regiment: Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
Battalion: 2nd Battalion
Other Unit: 6th Division

Medal Index Record
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Notts & Derby 91403; 7/ Notts & Derby R.
Leicestershire 43611

Newpaper Report

Derbyshire Courier , 27 April 1918
Pte. George Cowlishaw, Crich Carr

Derbyshire Courier , 4 May 1918
Pte. G. Cowlishaw, Crich Carr, Wounded


1901: Coddington

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Cowlishaw Head 36 Limestone quarryman Crich
Selina Cowlishaw wife 32   Crich
Sarah Cowlishaw daughter 12   Crich
Sam Cowlishaw son 9   Crich
Annie Cowlishaw daughter 7   Coddington
Frank Cowlishaw son 4   Coddington
George Cowlishaw son 2   Coddington

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1911: Coddington

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Cowlishaw Head 47 Limestone quarryman Crich
Selina Cowlishaw wife 43   Crich
Sarah Cowlishaw daughter 22 Mill girl Coddington
Annie Cowlishaw daughter 17 Mill girl Coddington
Bertha Cowlishaw daughter 8   Coddington
Doris Cowlishaw daughter 1   Coddington
Sam Cowlishaw son 19 Limestone quarryman Coddington
Frank Cowlishaw son 13 Limestone quarryman Coddington
George Cowlishaw son 11   Coddington
Harry Cowlishaw son 9   Coddington
Edward Cowlishaw son 5   Coddington
Percy Cowlishaw son 3   Coddington

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1918 Voters List Crich
George Cowlishaw, Crich Carr; absent on military service.

1939 Register: Mill Cottage, Whatstandwell
Cowlishaw George b.11 May 1899; garage hand
Cowlishaw Selina b.17 December 1866
Cowlishaw Frank b.6 May 1897; unemployed