Lance Corporal 26323 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts and Derbys Regiment 16th Battalion
Enlisted: Sutton 26th May 1915
Died of Wounds Flanders 23rd October 1917 : Age 22
Tyne Cot Memorial - Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A
Lance Corporal 26323 Harold Pendleton was born December 1895 in Derby. Parents Morton marriage 21st January 1889 between Joiner Mr William Beastale Pendleton from Tibshelf and Miss Elizabeth Linacre from Clay Cross provided a 20 Castle Street family home for most children. Losing two youngest infants may predate relocation to Huthwaite. Heading that fullest 1911 household addressing Shoulder of Mutton Yard is Mr William B Pendleton 51. Wife Mrs Elizabeth Pendleton 44, then mothers colliery working sons John William 18, Harold 15 and Edward 13. Sarah 10 finally gains a Huthwaite born sister Jeanette 2.
Mr Harold Pendleton had begun working underground driving pit ponies before typically maturing to coal miner. Decision to join the colours dates 26th May 1915 attestation at Sutton declaring age 19 years 240 days. Describing Fair physical development measured 5 feet 6¾ with 33½ inch chest, weighing 110lbs. Medical pass accepts posting with the 16th Sherwood Foresters.
Pte 26323 Harold Pendleton embarked at Southampton 6th March 1916 destined for the Western Front. Arthritis of elbow won a couple weeks hospital stay back in England until 22nd November. Resuming service abroad follows 1917 dated posts in France through to an appointed unpaid rank L/Cpl 23th August 1917. Acting Lance Corporal 26323 Harold Pendleton was killed by wounds inflicted in the Flanders battlefields 23rd October 1917. Unknown age can now assure a calculable 22 years.
Harold Pendleton left mothers Blackwell Road address as next of kin. Mrs Elizabeth Pendleton informed War Office records her updated April 1918 address held at 6 Netherwood, Tibshelf, Alfreton. This was after losing their two elder sons serving in the Great War. J W Pendleton closely followed his younger brother H Pendleton also in alphabetical listings when both were given deserving roll of honour on the Huthwaite cemetery cenotaph.