Death of Albert Jollands

Albert Jollands was the brother of Ruth Jollands, who was married to George Panton(1821-1882), who was the son of John Panton(1804-1865) and his wife Mary. Albert was said to have been well-known in racing circles in Newark, as a trainer of steeplechase horses.

I was both saddened and a little intrigued when I had discovered yet another World War One soldier, who appeared to have died during the war. This was somewhat different however, as it was stated he had actually died at home. I had initially assumed he must have died of injuries sustained during the course of his duty. Surprisingly this was not the case.

Corporal Albert Jollands had served  in the South Nottingham Hussars as a letter carrier. At the time of his death (He died on August 24th,1915) it was stated that he lived at 4 White Yard, Nottingham.(I strongly suspect this is actually 4 White Cow Yard,Nottingham). Information below obtained from the website:

Nottinghamshire History

Close to Hollowstone and just behind “Horne’s Castle” is Scotland Place, and out of Scotland Place leads White Cow Yard, which is all that remains of the yard of the “White Cow,” an inn that formerly stood in Fisher Gate.

He had built himself a hut in a more secluded part of the military camp, where he had used to “sleep in solitude”. He was seen outside the hut at six o’clock before he  had started on his postman’s rounds.  At ten o’clock he had gone inside and drawn the curtains.  Around ten to eleven Albert Jolland’s dead body was seen by the Reverend, in his hut with the letters which were addressed to him, underneath him. It was said that Albert had a habit of reading with a candle on his chest and had no doubt fallen asleep. A verdict of “Accidental Death” was recorded. He was fifty four years of age.

Most of this information comes from the Nottingham Evening Post, 29 August 1915.

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