This report appeared in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated 14th September 1915

The brief report charts the decline of a ROBERT JUBB, a labourer at Tinsley Park Colliery. The cause of death was plain "excessive alcoholic drinking" and that was the verdict returned by the Coroner's Jury. But what interested me was that there was no mention of the name of the missing son.

I found Robert and his family in the 1911 Census living at Blucher Street Carbrook. Six children were living at home but only ERNEST would have been of military age in 1915. I checked the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website but could find no record of an Ernest Jubb dying prior to September 1915


I then noted that there were ten children in total, and thought that the son who was killed may have left home by 1915. The report stated that his son was missing after "an action on Hill.  60". A check on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site revealed the following entry


Rank: Private
Service No: 9716
Date of Death:08/05/1915
Regiment/Service: King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 12. Memorial YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL

I believe that this is Robert's son who was missing. The reference on the Menin Gate at Ypres indicates that Robert had no known grave which ties in with the newspaper report.

The Sheffield Evening Telegraph dated Monday 15th May 1916 carried this sad memorial in the BMD Columns

"JUBB. In loving memory of our dear brother, Private Robert Jubb, The Kings Own I, who was reported missing May 8th, 1915, now officially repotted killed. Pain and heartache the word missing brings, only those who have it to bear can tell. 

Sadly missed, by his sisters, Lizzie, Ruth Winnie."

The Hull Daily Mail dated 05th March 1918 had a column headed "Roll of Honour" It it his wife paid this tribute

"JUBB Reported missing since May 8rd 1915 and now officially reported killed on that date. Private Robert Jubb, East Yorkshire Regiment husband of Mary E, Jubb 32 Waller (sic) Street Hull

Some may think I forget him 

When they sometimes see me smile

But they little know the sorrow

That the smile hides all the while

From his sorrowing wife and three children"

In April 2022 a fellow researcher directed me to an article that appeared in page 4 of the Yorkshire Telegraph and Star dated Thursday 1st July 1915. It featured the three Jubb brothers - Ernest, Robert and John.

It would be interesting to find out what happened to the younger children who were listed on the 1911 Census. Their mother Henrietta died in 1912 at the age of 46, and the death of their father three years later, meant that they were orphaned. Misery upon misery!


1. Name: Robert Jubb Age in 1911: 55 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1856
Relation to Head: Head Gender: Male
Birth Place: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Civil Parish: Sheffield
County/Island: Yorkshire-West Riding Country: England
Street Address: 20 Blucher Street Carbrook Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Colliery Labourer

Registration District: Sheffield Registration District Number: 510 Sub-registration District: Attercliffe ED, institution, or vessel: 3 Piece: 27991
Household Members:
Name Age
Robert Jubb 55 - Henrietta Jubb 46 - Ernest Jubb 17 - Emma Jubb 12 - Winnifred Henrietta Jubb 11 - Arthur Jubb 8 - Ada Jubb 4 - Herbert Joshua Jubb 7/12

2. Surname First name(s) Age District Vol Page
Deaths Mar 1912 Jubb Henrietta 46 Sheffield 9c 810
Deaths Sep 1915 Jubb Robert 59 Sheffield 9c 764

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page
Marriages Jun 1883
HURST Henrietta Farnham 2a 122
JUBB Robert Farnham 2a 122 


1911 Census

Yorkshire Telegraph and Star dated Thursday 1st July 1915

Sheffield Daily Telegraph dated 14th September 1915

The Sheffield Evening Telegraph dated Monday 15th May 1916

Hull Daily Mail dated 05th March 1918

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