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He was the son of John and Elizabeth Pell of 26 Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham (CWGC), formerly of 199 Alfreton Road, Nottingham. John was a newsagent/tobacconist in business at 199 Alfreton Road; his wife, and later John Frederick William, assisted in the business. The family was living at this address at the time of the 1901 census; John Frederick William was 6 (b. abt 1895) and his younger brother, Frank, 4. The family was still at the same address in 1911. John and Elizabeth had been married for 20 years and one of their three children had died leaving them with two sons. John's younger brother, Frank, a private in the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 15th Bn, enlisted in April 1915 and was killed 18 July 1916, age 19, less than six months after arriving in France.
Attended All Saints church, Raleigh Street, where he was an old member of the 10th Nottingham (All Saints) Boys' Brigade. Member of Nottingham Britannia Rowing Club. He assisted in his father's business.
31 Aug 1918
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Enlisted Nottingham
14th (London Scottish) Bn London Regiment
His army service record survives. He attested on 10 December 1915 and was transferred to the Army Reserve from 11 December, not being mobilized until 4 January 1918. He was admitted to a military hospital in England (possibly Clipstone Camp) on 14 January 1918 for treatment for an abscess and was not discharged until 23 February 1918. He embarked for France on 17 July and was killed by an enemy sniper less than seven weeks later. He is buried in HAC Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein (Sp. Mem. B.9). He was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
All Saints church magazine, November 1918, ROH: 'John Pell, 199 Alfreton Road, elder son of Mr and Mrs Pell, killed in action August 31st by enemy sniper. He was 23 years of age, an old member of the Boys Brigade [10th Nottingham BB] and Men’s Bible Class and a faithful and regular attendant at All Saints from a child. Both the sons of Mr and Mrs Pell have now fallen.' Nottingham Post obituary (abridged) 26 September 1918 : PELL, Private John Pell, London Scottish, elder and second son, killed in action August 31st age 23 son of Mr and Mrs Pell, 199 Alfreton Road. Probate: PELL John of 199 Alfreton-road Nottingham Private in HM Army died 31 August 1918 in France. Administration Nottingham 11 April to John Pell shopkeeper [father]. Effects £58 2s. 8d.
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