Grooby brothers of Greasley
William and George Grooby were brothers born at Greasley in the County of Nottingham; the eldest is 23 and the younger appears to be not more than 21; their father is now living but at sometime had the misfortune to lose an arm. His two unfortunate sons were put as apprentices to Framework Knitters; but as they grew up; so they grew headstrong, despising the advice of their parents and idling away that time which ought to have been employed in useful industry. The consequence of this was what might have been expected; as following bad women and keeping loose and disorderly company, soon habituated them to vice, and hurried them from one crime to another until they became so hardened in wicked curses that they were a terror to the neighbourhood where they resided, therefore their being apprehended, and afterwards convicted, appears to have given satisfaction ; this accounts in some measure for their having no friends for their lives to be spared, and ought to be a warning to others, since it is to be observed here, that characters once lost are hard to be regained. In the year 1783 we find William Grooby in our Gaol and under the fictitious name of William Rowben, he was at that time supposed to be a Jew and his appearance contributed not a little to the opinion in shirt, his whole form and behaviour at that time seemed to mark him an Israelite, and happy would it have been for him had he been such a one as our Savior describes in the New Testament. But to leave this digression he was tried at the assizes which followed, for being concerned with two other persons in breaking open a warehouse of Mr Wright’s of Nottingham and taking thereout notes etc to a considerable amount .
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Grooby, William. Who were executed at Derby, on Friday the 1st of April, 1785, for a burglary. [Derby? : s.n., 1785?].
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Wilfred Dolby Fuller VC (28 July 1893 â€“ 22 November 1947), was a non-commissioned officer in the British Army, and recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award of the British Commonwealth for gallantry "in the face of the enemy", during the First World War.
Fuller was born in East Kirkby, Nottinghamshire and lived in Greasley before settling in Mansfield. When he was 21 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards, British Army during the First World War, he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his acts on 12 March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle, France:
Lance-Corporal Fuller saw a party of the enemy trying to escape along a communication trench. He ran towards them and killed the leading man with a bomb; the remainder (nearly 50) seeing no means of evading his bombs, all surrendered to him. Lance-Corporal Fuller was quite alone at the time.
He received his Victoria Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace on 4 June 1915. In September of the same year, at the express wish of the Tsar of Russia, he was also decorated by the King at Sheffield with the Russian Order of St George.
In March 1916 he married Helena Mat Wheeler, a nurse at the Hammersmith Hospital from Somerset. Later the same year Corporal Fuller was discharged from the Army on medical grounds and towards the end of the year joined the Somerset Constabulary. He served at Milverton, Ilminster,Clevedon, Nunney and finally Frome where he performed his duties from Rodden Road police station. He retired from the police service on medical grounds in 1939 and took up residence in Frome. Wilfred and Helena had two daughters and a later adopted a son. He died aged 54 and lies buried at Christ Church, Frome, Somerset.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Guards Regimental Headquarters (Guards Museum), London, England.
|Place of birth||Greasley, Nottinghamshire|
|Place of death||Frome, Somerset|
|Resting place||Christchurch Churchyard, Frome|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Other work||Somerset Constabulary|
Born at Greasley, Nottinghamshire, 26th February 1851.
Died at Nottingham, 3rd July 1910.
A wicket-keeper, he played his early cricket for Basford Park C.C. and was given his first chance by Nottinghamshire in 1876. He was to play in 328 first-class matches, 206 of them for Nottinghamshire and three of them being Test Matches. He toured Australia in 1886/7 and was captain of Nottinghamshire in 1887 and 1888. He was a useful footballer and played in goal for Notts County. He stood as a first-class umpire 1896-1901 and took one Test Match in 1899. He was a publican at a number of public houses in the Nottingham area, including, The Red Inn Basford 1881, The Belvoir Inn Nottingham 1885, The Meadow Inn Arkwright St 1891 and The Alexander Hotel Carrington Street 1892. He died at his residence, The Craven Arms, Woodborough Road, Nottingham.
In the 1881 Census he was at the Red Lion, Alfreton Road, Basford, Nottingham, aged 30, a licensed victualler, with his wife Emma, aged 29. They had six children, Mary A. aged 10, William aged 9, Emma E. aged 7, Ellen aged 5, Mordecai aged 3, and Frederick aged 1. His mother-in-law Bridget Severn, aged 50 born Ireland, was also staying and there was one general servant.
|Batting style||Right-handed batsman|
|Bowling type||Right-arm fast|
|5 wickets in innings||0||0|
|10 wickets in match||0||0|
Mordecai Sherwin (born 26 February 1851 in Greasley, Nottinghamshire, England; died 3 July 1910 in Nottingham, England) was a professional footballer and cricketer who played in goal for Notts County and as a wicket-keeper for Nottinghamshire between 1878 and 1896.
As a footballer, Sherwin played in goal for County during the 1870s and early 1880s and was, according to the sportswriter "Tityrus" (the pseudonym of J.A.H. Catton, editor of the Athletic News), the idol of the crowd despite his unpromising physique:
As a cricketer, Sherwin captained Nottinghamshire in 1887 and 1888. He also played three Test matches for England on the tour to Australia in 1886/7. He was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1891.
After he retired as a cricketer, he umpired until 1901, and even stood in one Test in 1899. By trade, Sherwin was a publican. Sherwin had a wife, Emma, and at least six children, Mary, William, Emma, Ellen, Mordecai and Frederick.
The name of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous character, Sherlock Holmes, is said to have been inspired partially by Sherwin, and partially by Frank Shacklock.