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Surname: McKEND

Forename(s): Pearson

Place of Birth: Southwick, Colvend, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland

Service No: 17721

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Coldstream Guards

Battalion / Unit: 3rd Battalion

Division: Guards Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1917-07-06

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: I. F. 7.

CWGC Cemetery: MENDINGHEM MILITARY CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: DUNSOP BRIDGE, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SLAIDBURN, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: WHITEWELL, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Ambrose Pearson McKend was the son of William and Betsy McKend, née Swanston. William was born at Dornock near Annan, Dumfiesshire and Betsy at Wilton, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland.

1901 Over Wyresdale, Lancashire Census: Tower Lodge, Abbeystead - Ambrose McKend, aged 6 years, born Scotland, son of William and Betsy McKend.

1911 Over Wyresdale, Lancashire Census: Tower Lodge, Abbeystead - Pearson McKend, aged 16 years, born Southwick, Colvend, Kirkcudbright, son of William and Betsy McKend.

The British Army Pension Record for Ambrose Pearson McKend (15089) exists but may be incomplete. Ambrose joined the 9th (Sevice) Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) but was discharged with chronic pulmonary tuberculosis on the 26 February 1915.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Pearson McKend, 17721, C. Gds.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte Pearson McKend, 17721, C. Gds.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte Pearson McKend, 17721, Coldstream Guards. Date and Place of Death: 6.7.17. Wounds Belgium. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - William. £8 10s. 7d.

A short biography of Pearson is included in: ‘In Love, In Gratitude, In Remembrance - Remembering the Men & Women of Slaidburn, Newton in Bowland, Dunsop Bridge, Dale Head & Tosside’ by Margaret Brenchley (2018).

Photograph: ‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (20 July 1917).

Data Source: Local War Memorial

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

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Private Pearson McKEND

Private Pearson McKEND

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Coldstream Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Coldstream Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

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Surname: McKEND

Forename(s): Pearson

Born: Colvend, Dumfriesshire

Residence: Dunsop Bridge, Lancs

Enlisted: Clitheroe

Number: 17721

Rank: Private

Regiment: Coldstream Guards

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 06/07/17

Died How: Died of wounds

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: McKEND

Forename(s): Pearson

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 17721

Rank: Private

Regiment: Coldstream Guards

Unit: 3rd Bn.

Age: 22

Awards:

Died Date: 06/07/1917

Additional Information: Son of William and Betsy McKend, of Hareden, Dunsop Bridge, Clitheroe. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: SOFTLY HIS BLISSFUL HEAD DOTH LIE UPON HIS SAVIOUR'S BREAST)

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‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (20 July 1917)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

THE ONLY SON

DUNSOP SOLDIER’S DEATH FROM WOUNDS

The sympathy of all in the Whitewell district will go out to Mr. and Mrs. W. McKend, of Hareden, in the loss of their only son, Private Pearce McKend, who died on July 6th, from wounds received the previous day. The injuries were inflicted by a shell, both thighs being hit.

Following is a copy of a letter from a chaplain, containing the sad news:

“I am very sorry to inform you of the death of your son, Private P. McKend. He was wounded on July 5th, and admitted to the hospital at 12-30, suffering from shell wounds in both legs, and I can assure you that everything was done that could be done to save his life by the best skilled doctors and nurses, but all in vain. I attended him regularly and was with him when he died. His last words were: “Give my father and mother my love, and tell them not to trouble about me.” Then he gradually weakened, and passed away at 8-15 a.m., July 6th, and I conveyed his body to the grave the following day.”

Private McKend joined the Coldstream Guards in December, 1915, and went out to France ten months ago. He was only 22 years of age, and his frank and unarming disposition won him a host of friends. His father is head keeper to Lord Crawshaw.

‘Clitheroe Advertiser’ (6 July 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Shirley Penman of Clitheroe and Dorothy Falshaw of Gisburn)

ROLL OF HONOUR

McKend – In loving memory of our dear son, Private P. McKend, Coldstream Guards, who died of wounds, July 6th, 1917, aged 22 yrs.

The news was sad, the blow was hard:
God’s will – it must be done;
With manly heart, he did his part,
Our own beloved son.

He fell at his post, like a hero brave;
He answered his country’s call;
He sleeps far away in a soldiers grave,
For his country he did fall.

Fondly we loved him, he is dear to us still,
But in grief we must bend to God’s holy will.

From his sorrowing Father and Mother. Hareden, Dunsop Bridge.

McKend – In ever affectionate memory of our dear brother, Private Pearson McKend, Coldstream Guards, who died of wounds, July 6th, 1917, aged 22 years, and was interred at Mendingham Cemetery.

“Died of Wounds!” We dread the words,
Yet, stay one moment and see
If into this tragic sorrow
One glimmer of light there be.

He died in the midst of his duty –
Young, beautiful, and brave:
Like Christ, he thought first of others,
And himself he could not save.

From his loving brother and sister, Fred and Selina Phillips.

McKend – In ever affectionate memory of our dear brother, Private Pearson McKend, Coldstream Guard, who died of wounds, July 6th, 1917, aged 22 years; interred at Mendingham Cemetery.

Our sorrow was great, our loss hard to bear –
God knows we have lost a dear brother’s care:
We mourn him and miss him in silence unseen,
And dwell on sweet memories of days that have been.

From his loving brother and sister, Jack and Peggy Winder.

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

1948

McKEND William of Woodend Cottage Dunsop Bridge Yorkshire died 14 April 1948 Probate London 15 May to John Winder retired water bailiff. Effects £410 15s. 6d.

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