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Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2268
1871 R.G. 10 / 3244
1891 R.G. 12 / 2509
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Church History

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Church Records

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Civil Registration

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Description and Travel

"DONISTHORPE and OAKTHORPE, are two hamlets adjacent to each other, about four miles from Ashby-de-la-Zouch; they are both partly in the parish of Church-Gresley, Donisthorpe extending into that of Nether Seal, county of Leicester; and Oakthorpe stretching into Measham parish, and also into that of Stretten-en-le-Fields. They contained together, in 1831, 757 inhabitants."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

Donisthorpe is 114 miles north of London, 17 miles south-west of Derby and only 3.5 miles from Ashby-de-la-Zouch (in Leicester). The River Mease runs through the village. The parish has declined somewhat since the closing of the coal mines late last century. There is a Donisthorpe web site maintained by Brett PAYNE on Ancestry.

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Military History

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Military Records

Donisthorpe Cemetery has these Commonwealth War Graves of the following:

World War I:

  1. G. CHAWNER, priv., 7th Btn. Leics Regt., died 31 July 1916.
  2. Arnold Penford LOCK, priv., 2nd/5th Btn. Leics Regt., age 23, died 22 Jan 1918. Son of Kate LOCK and the late Arthur LOCK.
  3. Wilfred REDFERN, rifleman, 18th Btn. KRRC, age 19, died 24 Sept. 1916. Son of George and Mary Ann REDFERN.
  4. George Arthur WILLDAY, priv., Liecs. Regt., age 27, died 26 Feb. 1917. Husband of Mrs. Elsie Faith WILLDAY.

World War II:

  1. Gerald GREENWOOD, srgt., 22 Sqdn. RAF, age 23, died 15 Apr. 1940. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. GREENWOOD, of Moira.
  2. Walter Alexander JARVIS, able seaman, Royal Navy (HMS Victory), age 25, died 2 Oct. 1946. Husband of Kathleen Maud JARVIS, of Oakthorpe.
  3. Frank KEEN, major, RAOC, age 49, 25 Feb. 1944. Son of Thomas Benyon Keen and Mary KEEN.
  4. Frank WATERS, priv., Glouc. Regt., age 25, died 5 Nov. 1943. Son of Frank and Eliza WATERS.
  5. Joseph WRIGHT, lance cpl., 226 General Transport co., RASC, age 28, died 29 Jan. 1946. Son of Joseph and Mary Ann WRIGHT.
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Politics and Government

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Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

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    Year  Inhabitants
1831 757
1861 392
1881 2,600
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