For this church:
Holme St Giles
The official entry says he was born in Holme and enlisted in Newark. He is listed in records as “killed in action in France/Flanders.” The 1/8th Sherwood Foresters were involved in 1916 in the Somme offensive and in 1917 near Ypres at Passchendale which was the most dreaded part of the line for soldiers. L/C Key was, therefore, involved in some of the worst trench warfare in the 1st World War, most probably going “over the top”. Grave markers on the north side of the church bear the “Key” family name, presumably parents and brother.
Within ten metres is the grave of another soldier, Arthur Deane, 305800, who, records show, enlisted like Herbert Key at Newark and was also a lance-corporal in the 1/8th Sherwood Foresters. He died of wounds two months after Herbert Key, also in France.