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Police constable, Nottinghamshire Constabulary
30 Apr 1915
AH Mitchell has not yet been identified on the CWGC Debt of Honour or other miltary records. However, most, if not all, the Nottinghamshire Constabulary police constables who were recalled to their regiments in August 1914 had served in the Guards regiments and had enlisted on service engagements that included time with the Colours followed by time in the Army Reserve. Some had only been in civilian life for a few months before being mobilized. He rejoined his regiment on 4 August 1914 and was killed on 30 April 1915 (article Nottingham Evening Post, 17 July 1915)
Nottingham Evening Post, 17 July 1915 and Mansfield Reporter, 23 July 1915 (extract): ‘Notts. Standing Joint Committee. Over 100 Policemen Join the Colours. The report of the Chief Constable (Capt. Tomasson) stated that during the past quarter … He regretted that Pc. AH Mitchell, who rejoined his regiment on the 4th August, was killed in action on April 30th, and that Pc. TA Kerry, who enlisted on the 7th September, was killed on the same day (sic-1 June 1915). Of the total of 104 members of the force who had joined the army four (sic) had been killed.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Note: Three other Nottinghamshire police constables had been killed by July 1915: George Ernest Chapman Coldstream Guards and Walter Slater Grenadier Guards (death confirmed 1916) both on 29 October 1914 and John George Ballard Grenadier Guards 7 November 1914.
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