Bawtry, Yorkshire

John William Staveley was born in 1866 in Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, to parents John and Mary Staveley of Newark.  It is unknown what became of John's parents, but in 1871, at the age of 6 years, John is living with his grandparents, Joseph Staveley and Mary WATSON.  He seems to have continued to live with his grandparents until his marriage to Elizabeth RADFORD in East Retford, Nottinghamshire in 1885.  Bawtry is situated on the border between Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire, and in 1891 John and Elizabeth are residing in Mission, Nottinghamshire, just 3 miles to the northeast of Bawtry:

1891: Newington, Mission, Nottinghamshire, England

 John STAVELY   Head   M   Male   26   Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, England   Railway Signalman
 Elizabeth  STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   25  Epperstone, Nottinghamshire, England   
 John W. STAVELY  Son  U  Male   2  Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, England   
 Albert STAVELY   Son   U   Male   1   Scaftworth, Nottinghamshire, England   
 Ada STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  1month  Newington, Mission, Nottinghamshire, England   


By 1901 John Staveley and Elizabeth are living in Bawtry, near the railyway tracks, on Swan Street:

1901: Swan St., Bawtry, Yorkshire, England

 John STAVELY   Head   M   Male   36   Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, England   Railway Railman
 Elizabeth  STAVELY   Wife   M   Female   35  Epperstone, Nottinghamshire, England   
 John W. STAVELY  Son  U  Male   12  Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, England   Scholar
 Albert STAVELY   Son   U   Male   11   Scaftworth, Nottinghamshire, England   Scholar
 Ada STAVELY  Daur  U  Female  10  Newington, Nottinghamshire, England   Scholar
 Harold STAVELY  Son  U  Male   7  Bawtry, Yorkshire, England  Scholar
 Arthur STAVELY  Son  U  Male  3  Bawtry, Yorkshire, England  Scholar


Son Arthur married Nellie L. PICKNEY in 1921, and had a daughter Phillis Mary in 1922.

Daughter Ada married Cyril WARDLEY in 1927.

John's wife Elizabeth died in 1929 at the age of 63 years.  John died in 1933 at the age of 68 years.  John and Elizabeth lost two sons during World War 1, and a grandson during World War 2.  The War Memorial located within St. Nicholas Church in Bawtry commemorates the sacrifice made by these Staveley men.

John W. Staveley died August 10, 1916
John and Elizabeth's son, John William Staveley, was a Serjeant enlisted in the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry during World War 1.  He died on August 10, 1916 at the age of 27 years, of wounds received during the conflict, and is buried in the Ferme-Olivier cemetery in Ieper, Belgium.


Son Albert married Helen GRAVES in 1909.  In 1915, at the time of the first World War, Albert and Helen were living at 91 Wheatley Lane in Doncaster, and Albert was a Lamp Lighter by trade.  He was drafted into the Leicestershire Regiment (3rd Bttn) on March 3, 1915, and discharged in 1917.

Albert Staveley died September 2, 1918
Albert Staveley attained the rank of Lance Corporal in the Leicestershire Regiment. Sadly, he died on September 2, 1918 at the age of 29 years, and is buried in Doncaster Hyde Park Cemetery.  Helen and Albert had three children, daughters Annie, and Hilda W., and a son Albert R. Staveley who was born the same quarter as his father's death in 1918.


John and Elizabeth's son Harold married Ellen BARKER in Clifton, Yorkshire on October 30, 1915.  They appear to have had two children born in York, John H, and Ronald William, and possibly a third child Harry born in Scarborough, though not yet confirmed.  Harold's son Ronald served as a Flight Sergeant (pilot) in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.  Ronald William Staveley joined the 112th Fighter Squadron on March 14, 1943. The following month, on May 11th, Ronald's Kittyhawk MK III was hit by anti-aircraft fire and he was forced to land at Hammamet, Tunisia.  On July 30th, his plane was shot down again, near Giordini.

Ronald W. Staveley died September 18, 1943
After six months of action, Ronald William Staveley died at the young age of 21 years, on September 18, 1943, after his plane was shot down during a strafing attack, near Grottaglie, southern Italy. Ronald is buried at the Salerno War Cemetery. There is also a memorial to Ronald William Staveley in the church of St. Nicholas, Bawtry (pictured left).



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