Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1917, Private Albert Adwick, 11th Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment), was killed in action after the British relieved the Italian troops on the Montello sector of the Piave front in Italy.
One of nine children of a coal miner, by the age of sixteen he was working as a pit pony driver in the Shireoaks Colliery. He joined the Sherwood Foresters on the 15th of January in 1915 and was wounded in September. In May of 1917 he was sent home to recuperate after being badly gassed in the trenches in France – by October of that year he was well enough to return to France and was wounded again in November. The following month, after recovering from his injuries, he was sent to Italy a few days before his death.
Private Adwick’s parents received this letter: “I much regret to inform you that your son today was killed in action, and I wish to offer you my sincerest sympathy in your loss. It may be a little consolation to you to know that his death was absolutely instantaneous, and was caused by a shell. Although he had not been very long with this battalion he was popular with his fellow companions, and I have always found him reliable. Again expressing my sincerest condolence. I remain, yours faithfully, T. Ibbotson, Second Lieutenant”.
Private Adwick lies buried in the Giavera British Cemetery in Italy. He is remembered on the memorials at St. Luke’s Church is Shireoaks, St. Mary and St. Cuthbert Priory Church, and on the Worksop Cenotaph.
Albert, from Shireoaks, Worksop, in Nottinghamshire, was 23 years old.