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  • Commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt. (www.cwgc.org)
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John William was the son of William Beastale and Elizabeth Pendleton (née Linacre). His father William was born in Tibshelf, Derbyshire, and his mother Elizabeth Linacre in Danesmoor Derbyshire. They were married at Morton Holy Cross, Derbyshire, in 1889 (reg. J/F/M). According to the information on the 1911 Census, they had had eight children, two of whom had died. Five children were recorded on the census between 1891 and 1911: John William b. Derby 1893, Harold b. Derby 1895, Edward b. Derby reg. 1898 (J/F/M), Sarah b. Derby 1900 and Jeanetta b. Huthwaite 1908. However, there was a son, George Wilfred, born in 1889 and baptised at Morton Holy Cross the same year but who died in September the following year. William, a joiner, and Elizabeth were living on Uttoxeter Old Road, Derby, in 1891. Their second son, John, was born two years later. In 1901 they were living on Castle Street, Derby, with their four children John (8), Harold (5), Edward (3) and Sarah (5 months). The family had moved to Huthwaite by 1911 and were living in Shoulder of Mutton Yard. William was a joiner for JW Richards Builder & Contractor. In the home with their parents on the night of the census were John and Harold who were both colliery pony drivers, Edward a colliery banksman, Sarah and Jeanetta (2). Documents on his brother Harold's army record suggests that their parents had moved to Tibshelf by 1918. His father died in September 1934 (reg. Mansfield) and was buried in Tibshelf (churchyard); the burial record gave his address as Richards Yard. Elizabeth died in 1947 (reg. J/F/M Chesterfield) and was probably still living in Tibshelf. John William's brother Harold served in the Sherwood Foresters and died of wounds in October 1917. Their brother Edward, a coal miner, attested in the Royal Artillery in Chesterfield on 22 July 1919 aged 21 years 6 months (1042217) and re-engaged in 1925 to complete 21 years. The record also gave a former RA service number (246600) which suggests that he had served during the war and re-enlisted after being demobilized.
1911 - colliery pony driver
02 Jun 1917
1438974 - CWGC Website
Residence Alfreton, enlisted Mansfield
Army Service Corps
Army Service Corps. Base HT Depot (Salonika) John William served in France from 7 May 1915 but then transferred to the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force and served in Salonika. He was reported missing, presumed drowned, when HMT Cameronian was sunk in the Mediterranean by German submarine on 2 June 1917. His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt. He qualified for the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. CWGC - History (extract): 'In March 1915, the base of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force was transferred to Alexandria from Mudros and the city became a camp and hospital centre for Commonwealth and French troops. Among the medical units established there were the 17th, 19th, 21st, 78th and 87th General Hospitals and No 5 Indian Hospital. After the Gallipoli campaign of 1915, Alexandria remained an important hospital centre during later operations in Egypt and Palestine and the port was much used by hospital ships and troop transports bringing reinforcements and carrying the sick and wounded out of the theatres of war. The Chatby Memorial stands at the eastern end of the Alexandria (Chatby) War Memorial Cemetery and commemorates almost 1,000 Commonwealth servicemen who died during the First World War and have no other grave but the sea. Many of them were lost when hospital ships or transports were sunk in the Mediterranean, sailing to or from Alexandria. Others died of wounds or sickness while aboard such vessels and were buried at sea ... HT "Cameronian" - torpedoed and sunk north of Alexandria 2 June 1917, with the loss of 49 officers and men of the Commonwealth forces.' (www.cwgc.org)
John's brother Harold served with the 16th Bn Sherwood Foresters (26323 Lance-Corporal) and was killed on 23 October 1917. (See record on this Roll of Honour) Pendleton's birth was registered A/M/J/1893 so he may have been 24 when killed. Mansfield Reporter, 27 July 1917: ‘Huthwaite. Memorial Service.’ (extract): ‘At the Parish Church, on Sunday morning, a memorial service was conducted by the Rev. FA Beswick, to … J Pendleton ... all Huthwaite men who have laid down their lives in the war.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Registers of Soldiers' Effects: his father William was his legatee
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  • Commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt. (www.cwgc.org)
    John William Pendleton - Commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Egypt. (www.cwgc.org)