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Bertie PINCH

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Surname: PINCH

Forename(s): Bertie

Place of Birth: Dent, Yorkshire

Service No: L/17990

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Field Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 'D' Battery 170th Brigade

Division: 31st Division

Age: 29

Date of Death: 1917-05-02

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: V. D. 27.

CWGC Cemetery: ORCHARD DUMP CEMETERY, ARLEUX-EN-GOHELLE

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: DENT, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Bertie Pinch was the son of Thomas and Ellen Pinch, née Burrow. Both parents were born at Dent, Yorkshire.

1891 Deepdale, Dent, Yorkshire Census: Blakerigg - Bertie Pinch, aged 3 years, born Dent, son of Thomas and Ellen Pinch.

1901 Deepdale, Dent, Yorkshire Census: Docklesyke - Bertie Pinch, aged 13 years, born Dent, son of Thomas and Ellin Pinch.

1911 Bolton, Lancashire Census: 21, Kent Street - Bertie Pinch, aged 23 years, born Dent, Yorkshire. [Bertie was living with his uncle and aunt, William and Elizabeth Burrow.]

Bertie was married to Joannna Jost in 1911. Joanna married Bertie's brother, Vincent, in 1921.

Bertie served as Police Constable 86 of the Bolton County Borough Police from 7 August 1913 until he enlisted for military service. He is commemorated on the Bolton Borough Police Force War Memorial.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr Bertie Pinch, L/17990, R.F.A. Dead 2.5.17.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gunner Bertie Pinch, L/17990, R.F.A. Dead 2.5.17.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Gunner Bertie Pinch, L/17990, D/170 Bde R.F.A. Date and Place of Death: 2.5.17. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and sole legatee - Joanna. £16 6s. 7d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Bertie.

The entry for Bertie Pinch is duplicated in the CPGW book on page 242 where he is named as Private B. Punch.

A short biography of Bertie is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

PUNCH, B., R.F.A., of Deepdale, Dent, killed in action, France, May 2, 1917.

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Gunner Bertie PINCH

Gunner Bertie PINCH

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Field Artillery

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 31st Division

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Surname: PINCH

Forename(s): Bertie

Born: Bolton, Lancs

Residence:

Enlisted: Bolton, Lancs

Number: L/17990

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery & Royal Field Artillery

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 02/05/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: PINCH

Forename(s): B

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: L/17990

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery

Unit: "D" Bty. 170th Bde.

Age: 29

Awards:

Died Date: 02/05/1917

Additional Information: Husband of Joanna Pinch, of Weaving Terrace, Dent, Yorks. Native of Dent.

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‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (19 May 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

DENT – KILLED IN ACTION

PINCH, Pte. B., R.F.A. – Mr. and Mrs. T. Pinch, of Deepdale, have received word that their eldest son was killed in action in France on May 2nd. He was 29, and leaves a wife and one child.

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Bertie, Joanna and their son Tom (born 6 November 1912)

Bertie, Joanna and their son Tom (born 6 November 1912)

Courtesy of Briar Pinch

Gunner Bertie Pinch

Gunner Bertie Pinch

Courtesy of Briar Pinch

Deepdale Methodist Chapel Burial Ground, Dent

Deepdale Methodist Chapel Burial Ground, Dent

Family gravestone

Deepdale Methodist Chapel Burial Ground, Dent

Deepdale Methodist Chapel Burial Ground, Dent

Family gravestone - detail of memorial inscription

Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle

Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of David Shackleton

Bolton Borough Police Force War Memorial

Bolton Borough Police Force War Memorial

Courtesy of Norma Armston (War Memorials Online project)

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10 September 1915

DENT – War Items

The Dent ladies’ working party has re-commenced work for the soldiers, sewing classes being held in the Grammar School every Thursday afternoon. The following names have been added to the Dent Roll of Honour:– David Staveley, Canadian Contingent; Bertie Pinch, Royal Field Artillery; Jas. A. Mitchell, Motor Transport Driver; and J.M. Parrington, Royal Field Artillery.

18 May 1917

DENT – THE WAR'S TOLL: PRIVATE B. PUNCH

Mr. and Mrs. T. Punch of Deepdale, Dent, have received word that their eldest son, Private B. Punch, of the R.F.A., was killed in action in France on May 2nd, and has been buried in the Military Cemetery near the scene of action.

01 June 1917

DENT – MEMORIAL SERVICES

A memorial service in memory of the local soldiers who have recently fallen in the war was held in St. Andrew’s Church on Sunday. The soldiers lost include Pte. N. Hawkings, West Yorks.; Pte. R. Powley [Pooley], R.A.M.C.; Pte. B. Pinch, R.F.A., who have been killed in action; Pte. W. Bentham, Duke of Wellington’s, who has been missing since October last; Pte. W. Brunskill, London Civil Service Rifles, who has been missing since last September; Pte. P. Dixon, who has been missing since July last and is now considered killed in action. There was a very large congregation, and the service opened with the voluntary ‘O Rest in the Lord,’ and included special lessons, part of the Committal service for the Burial of the Dead, a sermon by the Vicar from the text, ‘Unto God will I commit my cause’ (Job v. 8), and concluded with the hymn, ‘Now the labourer’s task is o’er,’ and the voluntary ‘Crossing the Bar.’

A memorial service was held in the Primitive Chapel, Deepdale, on Sunday afternoon in memory of Pte. B. Pinch, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Pinch, of Deepdale. The service was conducted by the Rev. P.H. Powell, of Dent, and there were a good number of sympathetic friends and relations present.

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18 May 1917

DENT

THE WAR – Information has come to hand that the following men, who have spent the whole or a considerable portion of their lives in Dent, have sacrificed their lives for King and country:–- Rainforth Powley, son of Mr. George Powley, formerly of Tub Hall, Dent, Norman S. Hawkings, son of Mrs. Moorby, Main Street, Dent, A. Conder, son of Mr. J.D. Conder [survived], formerly of Olmonds, Gawthorpe, Dent, Bertie Pinch, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Pinch, Deepdale, Dent, who leaves a widow and one child to mourn their loss.

01 June 1917

DENT

MEMORIAL SERVICE – On Sunday evening last the Vicar conducted a service in the Parish Church to the memory of those Dent men who have recently fallen in the war, namely, N. Hawkins, R, Pooley, B. Pinch, W. Bentham, W. Brunskill, and J. [P.] Dixon (the last three reported as missing some time ago, but now believed to have been killed). A portion of the burial service was read by the Vicar, who afterwards preached an impressive sermon from Job. v. 8. – In the afternoon Rev. P.H. Powell (circuit minister) conducted a service in Deepdale Primitive Methodist Chapel to the memory of Pte. B. Pinch. There was a good attendance.

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