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Rainforth POOLEY

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Surname: POOLEY

Forename(s): Rainforth

Place of Birth: Dent, Yorkshire

Service No: 11567

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Army Medical Corps

Battalion / Unit: 136th Field Ambulance

Division: 40th Division

Age: 25

Date of Death: 1917-04-28

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. J. 8.

CWGC Cemetery: FINS NEW BRITISH CEMETERY, SOREL-LE-GRAND

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: DENT, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

Rainforth Pooley (or Powley) was the son of George and Isabella Pooley, née Haygarth. Both parents were born at Dent, Yorkshire. Rainforth was the cousin of Driver Benjamin Haygarth (224473) (q.v.) and L/Corporal John William Haygarth (2876) (q.v.).

1901 Dent, Yorkshire Census: Laning - Rainforth Powley, aged 9 years, born Dent, son of Isabella Powley (married).

1911 Fence, Lancashire Census: 2, Laund Street, Wheatley Lane. Rainforth Pooley, aged 19 years, born Dent, Yorkshire, son of Isabella Pooley (married).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Rainforth Pooley, 11567, Royal Army Medical Corps. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of entry therein: 25 July 1915. Correspondence: (Sister) Janet Haygarth Pooley, 187, Crossley Hall, Bradford, Yorks.

A short biography of Rainforth 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).

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POWLEY, R., aged 25, R.A.M.C., formerly of Dent, killed in France, April 28, 1917.

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Private Rainforth POOLEY

Private Rainforth POOLEY

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Army Medical Corps

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Army Medical Corps

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 40th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 40th Division

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Surname: POOLEY

Forename(s): Reginald [sic]

Born: Dent, Yorks

Residence:

Enlisted: Nelson, Lancs

Number: 11567

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps

Battalion:

Decorations:

Died Date: 28/04/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

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Surname: POOLEY

Forename(s): R

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 11567

Rank: Private

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps

Unit: 136th Field Amb.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 28/04/1917

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‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (24 April 1915)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

LOCAL WAR ITEMS

The following have been added to the Dent School Roll of Honour as old boys who have joined the forces:–E. Gornall, E. Parrington, A. Cluroe, R. Powley, and E. Oversby. Total to date, 26.

‘Burnley Express’ (16 May 1917)

(Kindly supplied by the website: Burnley in the Great War)

WHEATLEY LANE SOLDIER KILLED

“A FAITHFUL, SINCERE, AND UNSELFISH COMRADE.”

A service was held in the Wheatley Lane Wesleyan Church on Sunday morning last, in memory of Private Rainforth Pooley, R.A.M.C., who has been killed in France. The following is a letter the sister of the fallen soldier has received from the chaplain:–

“Dear Miss Pooley, – I deeply regret to have to convey to you the sad news of the death of your brother, which took place on April 28th last. He was on duty at the advanced dressing station of his ambulance, and had just gone to get tea with four of his comrades in the cellar of one of the houses in the village near by, when a shell made a direct hit, killing three of them outright and wounding the other two. It will doubtless be a consolation for you to know that your brother’s death was instantaneous. The bodies were brought down to the head-quarters of the ambulance, and buried on April 30th in the little British cemetery which we have been obliged to commence in this village. It is in a shady spot under the trees, just behind the ruined village church. The Colonel and all the available officers and men of the ambulance attended the funeral, and the bodies, covered with the Union Jack, were borne on stretchers at the head of the procession to the graveside, where I had the sad privilege of officiating. Crosses of oak, with a plain durable inscription, are being made, and the graves will be duly registered by the authorities. In conclusion, I wish to assure you of the sincere sympathy of the Colonel, officers and men of the ambulance with you in your bereavement. The Colonel is, I think, writing to you personally. We mourn the loss of a faithful, sincere, unselfish comrade, but we know that your loss is by far the greater, and we feel deeply for you in your real trial. May the God of all consolation be very near to you in this time of trouble. – With sincere sympathy, faithfully yours, Evan Mathias.”

The deceased soldier was well known in the village as a fine, steady, upright and very promising young man, and his loss is deeply felt by all. We wish to extend our sympathy to all members of the family.

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Private Rainforth Pooley

Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand

Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-le-Grand

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20 October 1916

DENT AND COWGILL – Wounded

Pte. Geo. Kiddle, Northumberland Fusiliers, is in hospital near Northampton, suffering from wounds in the leg and bruises received at the Somme.– Pte. R. Powley, R.A.M.C., is in hospital in Edinburgh suffering from wounds in the face through shrapnel.

18 May 1917

POWLEY – April 28th 1917, killed in France by shell explosion, Pte. R. Powley, R.A.M.C., formerly of Dent, aged 25 years.

18 May 1917

DENT – THE WAR'S TOLL: PRIVATE R. POWLEY, R.A.M.C.

News has been received in Dent that Private R. Powley, R.A.M.C., of Dent, was killed in France by the explosion of a shell on the 28th of April. Writing to his sister, the Senior Chaplain says:– “He was on duty at the advanced dressing station of his ambulance, and had just gone to get tea with four of his comrades to the cellar of one of the houses in the village nearby where they had taken up their abode, when a shell made a direct hit on the cellar killing three of them outright and wounding the other two. It will doubtless be a consolation for you to know that your brother’s death was instantaneous. These are the first casualties sustained by the ambulance since it has been out here, a fact which is remarkable when one remembers the perils in which the men have often been while at their work of carrying in the wounded. The bodies were brought down to the headquarters of the ambulance and buried on April 30th in the little British Cemetery which we have been obliged to commence in the village. It is situated in a shady spot under the trees, just behind the ruined village church. The Colonel and all the available officers and men of the Ambulance attended the funeral, and the bodies, covered with the Union Jack, wore borne on stretchers at the head of the procession to the graveside, where I had the sad privilege of officiating.”

Private R. Powley was 25 years of age.

25 May 1917

DENT – IN MEMORIAM

On Sunday afternoon the Rev. J. Harrison conducted a service in the Congregational Chapel, in memory of the late Pte. R. Powley, R.A.M.C., who was killed by a shell in France last month. He spoke very highly of the deceased, who was a careful and steady person who used all his spare time in study for his self-improvement.

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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