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  • 29638 Private Lawrence Pinkney was killed when an enemy shell hit gas cylinders causing 30 casualties on 27 April 1918.  Philosophe British Cemetery, grave III. D. 10. Visited, photo taken, wreath laid by John Morse
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Derby
He was the son of Alfred and Hannah Pinkney and brother of John Richard, Bridget and Selina Mary Pinkney. In 1901 they lived at 48 Walker Lane Derby. In 1911 they lived at 7 Oswald Terrace Fisher Street Nottingham and later at 2, Bedford Square, Hyson Green, Nottingham. John Pinkney enlisted on 8th September 1914 and was Private 15836 and served with the Sherwood Foresters but following a medical board was discharged 5th December 1914 owing to 'Hysteria Mental Deficiency'.
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27 Lambert Street Hyson Green Nottingham
Private
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
On 23 February 1915, 15/23467 (15th Bantam Battalion Sherwood Foresters) Private Lawrence Pinkney was discharged from the army because he had mis-stated his age as 22 when he was actually 17. Lawrence was obviously keen to enlist and it is possible this was because his elder brother John had been discharged. He eventually did enlist and went overseas (France) after 1 January 1916. He served with the 17th battalion and then 9th battalion. It is probable that he moved to 9th battalion in February 1918 when the 17th battalion was disbanded. On 27 April 1918 the enemy shelled the area and burst nine gas cylinders resulting in 2/Lieut Harding and 30 other ranks becoming casualties of which 15 were fatalities. One of these men was Lawrence and he is buried in Philosphe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, grave III. D. 10. Graves in Plot III, row D and 1 to 14 are all 9th battalion men killed on that day. Visited, wreath laid by John Morse
In memoriam published 28th April 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “PINKNEY. – In loving memory of Pte. Lawrence Pinkney, killed in action April 27th, 1918, Sherwood Foresters. Never a morning dawns, or night returns, but what we think of thee. R.I.P. – From loving mother and family.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • 29638 Private Lawrence Pinkney was killed when an enemy shell hit gas cylinders causing 30 casualties on 27 April 1918.  Philosophe British Cemetery, grave III. D. 10. Visited, photo taken, wreath laid by John Morse
    Lawrence Pinkney grave - 29638 Private Lawrence Pinkney was killed when an enemy shell hit gas cylinders causing 30 casualties on 27 April 1918. Philosophe British Cemetery, grave III. D. 10. Visited, photo taken, wreath laid by John Morse