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Ken Pestell

I am trying to discover details of what happened to Pte Alfred Lawrence Pestell, G/43979, 17th Batt Middlesex Regt.,

I suspect he was involved in action near Arras circa 23/24 April 1917

He died 25 April 1917 and is buried in the Communual Cemetary Extension in Aubigny en Artois,

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jonbem

Hi and welcome

HERE is the war diary on National Archives for £3.50

or

HERE for April 1917 on Ancestry, if a member, scroll forward as desired through the images

 

regards

Jon

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travers61

Hi Ken and welcome to the forum,

 

Soldiers Effects Records on ancestry, give a little more detail & says he died at 24 Casualty Clearing Station, France on 25 April 1917, presumably of wounds or also possible was deceased when he arrived there & declared dead there.

 

This source says 24 CCS opened at Aubigny in 1915, and moved to the Italian Front in 1917.

https://wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/hospitals/hospital.php?pid=12724

 

The CWGC entry for the Communal Cemetery Extension in Aubigny says 24 CCS used that cemetery in 1917 only.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/5300/aubigny-communal-cemetery-extension/

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jonbem

For a map go to McMaster

they were near Oppy Wood

  Map Sheet # Map Squares
Oppy 51bNW2 C13
Oppy 51cSW1 N9

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Ken Pestell
11 minutes ago, travers61 said:

Hi Ken and welcome to the forum,

 

Soldiers Effects Records on ancestry, give a little more detail & says he died at 24 Casualty Clearing Station, France on 25 April 1917, presumably of wounds or also possible was deceased when he arrived there & declared dead there.

 

This source says 24 CCS opened at Aubigny in 1915, and moved to the Italian Front in 1917.

https://wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/hospitals/hospital.php?pid=12724

 

The CWGC entry for the Communal Cemetery Extension in Aubigny says 24 CCS used that cemetery in 1917 only.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/5300/aubigny-communal-cemetery-extension/

 

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Ken Pestell

Thanks for that quick response - I am new to this site and really impressed !

 

So please let me test your knowledge a little more:-

 

Ernest Oliver Pestell. SR/6929 4 Battn. Middx.  Died 29 Sept 1915. 'No Known Grave' but remembered on the Menin Gate.

Older brother to Albert Lawrence P.  Both were brothers to my grandfather.George P. 

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Ken Pestell
39 minutes ago, jonbem said:

Hi and welcome

HERE is the war diary on National Archives for £3.50

or

HERE for April 1917 on Ancestry, if a member, scroll forward as desired through the images

 

regards

Jon

 

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Coldstreamer

ALP is recorded as died which in my findings generally means they didnt know what happened 

EOP was killed in action

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Ken Pestell

Hi Jon,

Thank you so much for your rapid response,

I now have a lot of info to sift thro' - more than gathered on trips to Flanders.

Let me be cheeky and test you again,

 

Ernest Oliver Pestell, SR/6929, 4 Batt Middx. Died 29 Sept 1915.

No known grave but mentioned on the Menin Gate.

Ken.

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Coldstreamer

see above!

 

from FMP

Ernest Oliver
Last name Pestell
Service number S.R.6929
Rank Private
Regiment Duke Of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment)
Battalion 4th Battalion.
Battalion details -
Residence -
Birth place Wood Green, Middlesex
Enlistment place Tottenham, Middlesex
Death year 1915
Death day 29
Death month 9
Cause of death Killed in action

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Ken Pestell
1 minute ago, Coldstreamer said:

ALP is recorded as died which in my findings generally means they didnt know what happened 

EOP was killed in action

 

Any idea where the action took place?

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Coldstreamer

The 4th Batt. went into trenches in Sanctuary Wood on 18/9/1915 and was there until the end on the month. They were under constant bombardment and sniper fire and on 29/9/1915 the enemy exploded a mine and attached their trenches.

 

I got that from 

https://4thmiddlesex.wordpress.com/

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jonbem
9 minutes ago, Ken Pestell said:

 

Any idea where the action took place?

 

4th Battalion

HERE on National Archives

or

HERE on Ancestry 29 Sep 1915

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clk

Hi Ken,

 

10 minutes ago, Ken Pestell said:

Ernest Oliver Pestell, SR/6929, 4 Batt Middx. Died 29 Sept 1915.

 

Soldiers' Effects (Ancestry link) shows...

 image.png.128b791efadbd05298e45e48b8aca629.png

 

...so an element of doubt as to when precisely he did pass away.

 

Regards

Chris

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