1938 – Clowne Church
Researched by Local Historian Sandra Struggles:
On Friday night, 13th May 1938, the bodies of John William Grainger, Robert Emlyn Grainger, Ambrose Grainger and George Henry Jackson were taken into Clowne Parish Church to lay there overnight. On Saturday morning the body of Henry Alberry was brought to the church. All five coffins were placed together near the church entrance. A service then took place and the Legionnaires formed a Guard of Honour as the dead men were taken to the graveyard. “Now the Labourer’s Task is o’er”, was sung. Oxcroft Colliery Ambulance Buglers sounded the ‘Last Post’ and the ‘Reveille’. The church bells were rung but with muffled sound. Four of the men had lived in Clowne.