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Harold Charles PONTING

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Surname: PONTING

Forename(s): Harold Charles

Place of Birth: Devizes, Wiltshire

Service No: 5541

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/10th (Scottish) Battalion

Division: 55th (West Lancashire) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1916-08-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: M. 18.

CWGC Cemetery: BERNAFAY WOOD BRITISH CEMETERY, MONTAUBAN

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON – ERMYSTED’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Harold Charles Ponting was the son of James Frederick and Marian Ponting, née Reeks and brother of Rifleman Geoffrey Ponting (302061) (q.v.). Their father was born at Collingbourne, Wiltshire and mother at Christchurch, Hampshire.

1881 Devizes, Wiltshire Census: 28, Rotherstone - Harold Charles Ponting, aged 7 months, born Devizes, son of James Frederick and Marian Ponting.

1891 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 37, North Street - Harold C. Ponting, aged 10 years, born Devizes, Wiltshire, son of James F. and Marian Ponting.

1901 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: Flosh House - Harold C. Ponting, aged 20 years, born Devizes, Wiltshire, son of James F. and Marian Ponting.

1911 Toxteth Park, Lancashire Census: 29, Hatherley Street - Harold Ponting, aged 30 years, born Devizes, Wiltshire. [Harold was boarding with Albert E. and Esther Ackerley.]

The British Army Service Record for Harold Charles Ponting exists but may be incomplete.

Harold is commemorated on the Ilkley Grammar School War Memorial and in the 'Service Roll of Martins Bank'.

A short biography of Harold is included in: ‘A Grammar School at War - The Story of Ermysted’s Grammar School during the Great War’ by Steven Howarth (2007).

Data Source: Craven Herald Article

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 55th (West Lancashire) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 55th (West Lancashire) Division

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Surname: PONTING

Forename(s): Harold Charles

Born: Devizes, Wilts

Residence: Liverpool

Enlisted: Liverpool

Number: 5541

Rank: Private

Regiment: King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Battalion: 10th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 09/08/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

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Surname: PONTING

Forename(s): H C

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 5541

Rank: Private

Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment)

Unit: 1st/10th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 09/08/1916

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

1/10th (Scottish) Bn. King’s (Liverpool Regiment)

Attacked at 4.20 a.m. (9/8) – left boundary being Trônes Wood-Guillemont Road. Four separate charges made – each driven back. Withdrew to support trenches and Great Bear (10/8). Casualties – 280. Always associated with the attack at Guillemont will be the heroism of Captain Noel Chavasse, medical officer of the 1/10th King’s. During (9/8) he tended wounded out in the open throughout attack. The following night searched for and brought in many casualties. He later, and always in range of the enemy, personally led stretcher parties. For his gallantry at Guillemont Noel Chavasse was awarded the Victoria Cross. A Bar being posthumously received for his action in front of Wieltje between 31st July and 2nd August 1917.

[Harold Charles Ponting was killed in action on the 9th August 1916.]

England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1916

PONTING Harold Charles of 29 Hatherley-street Liverpool private 10th Scottish battalion Kings Liverpool regiment died 9 August 1916 in France killed in action Administration London 6 December to James Frederick Ponting gentleman. Effects £684 1s. 10d.

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Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban

Bernafay Wood British Cemetery, Montauban

CWGC Headstone

Bank of Liverpool & Martins Limited War Memorial at Barclays Bank, Water Street, Liverpool

Bank of Liverpool & Martins Limited War Memorial at Barclays Bank, Water Street, Liverpool

The identical memorial that was at the Skipton and other branches are lost

Courtesy of David Hearn (War Memorials Online project)

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27 October 1916

FORMER SKIPTON BANK MANAGER’S SECOND BEREAVEMENT

The many friends of Mr. J. Ponting, of Mortimer, Berks, who was for many years general manager of the Craven Bank at Skipton, and afterwards district general manager for the Skipton Branch of the Bank of Liverpool (after the amalgamation of the two banks), will regret to learn that he has received a letter from the Front stating that his son, Pte. Geoffrey Ponting, has been killed. This is Mr. Ponting’s second bereavement, another son, Harold, having been killed some time ago while serving with the Liverpool Scottish. Both these sons at one time held positions in the Skipton Branch of the Bank of Liverpool.

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27 October 1916

FORMER SKIPTON BANK MANAGER’S DOUBLE LOSS

Mr. J. H. Ponting, formerly general manager of the Craven Bank, and afterwards district general manager for the Bank of Liverpool, has received word from a chum of his son’s, Pte. Geoffrey Ponting, to the effect that the latter has been killed. Mr. Ponting, who now resides at Mortimer, Berkshire, lost another son, Harold, some time ago, who was attached to the Liverpool Scottish. Both sons were formerly in the Skipton branch of the Bank of Liverpool.

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