Maurice's Family Grave, Crookes

Maurice Eadon Staniforth was born in Crookes, Sheffield 1891 to Maurice Eadon Staniforth and Ann Powell. His father Maurice was from Ridgeway and was the son of Joseph Staniforth and Ann Crawshaw, with Joseph himself being the son of Elijah Naboth Staniforth, a man we have published an article on, which can be read here

Maurice first appears on the 1901 Census aged 9, he is with his sister Lily, aged 11 and his father, aged 39, and mother, aged 37. At this time they were living at Tasker Road in Crookes, and Maurice Sr. is described as working as a General Carter.

By the time of the 1911 Census, Maurice was working at a farm in Ecclesall, his occupation states Farm Labourer, and the head of the household is Joseph Senior, a 31 year old Cow Keeper from Crookes, born 1880. Josephs wife Annie Elizabeth Senior is also in the household, also a Crookes native born in 1879.

When World War I broke out in 1914, Maurice would have been 23 years of age, based on military records, Maurice fought with the Royal Field Artillery 49th Div Ammunition Col. and his Driver number was #796131.

The Sheffield Daily Telegraph from November 27th, 1917 appears to have been the first mention of Maurice's death while on 'active service' The article states that he was the 'eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Staniforth of 215 Heavygate Road, and formerly of Tasker Road, Sheffield'. Maurice was only 26 years of age at the time of death. His memorial stands in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Crookes School Roll Of Honour

In August, 2018 Richard Godley forward a photo onto us of a Roll of honour Memorial that originated from Crookes Endowed School. The memorial was said to have been rescued from a skip, and is now on display in Barnsley.