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First 50 Heroes - William Henry Emmerson

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Hidden : 10/18/2018
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The cache is in the corner of the garden. Easily accessible and you have permission to find it. This is a residential area so no silly hours please!

William Henry Emmerson

William Henry Emmerson was born in 1888 in Bagworth, on the 1901 Census he lived in Sheffield, his dad was Alfred and he managed the Bagworth and Ellistown collierys. Willaim studied as a child at Ashby Grammar school, married Louie Alton and became a surveyor at Swanick Colliery. He was one of the First 50 enlisting in Coalville in August 1914 into the 5th (1/5th) Leicestershire Battalian with the other 49 recruits. He spent nearly two months under canvas on the High Tor of Charnwood Forest, also training at drill hall in Loughborough and the Institute at Thringstone. In ealry 1915 he embarked to France from Coalville Station. William was one of the 22 out of the First 50 to suvive the war and he died on 22nd March 1973. 

For more information on the rest of the First 50 see

Image shows William in the exhibition produced by Ashby Grammar School


First 50 Heroes

The Coalville Heroes Series celebrates the first fifty volunteers from our area to take part in the Great War of 1914-18. Each geocache commemorates a real volunteer and describes his activities during the Great War.

This cache was placed by First50 with kind permission of the landowner.

The GAGB are helping to coordinate this series. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved.

Anyone is welcome to knock on the door, help themselves to grapes (or any fruit that looks like it needs picking!!) or ask about how to get involved in setting a cache for a soldier.

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