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50595 Private George Kettleband Age 22
10th Bn Cheshire Regiment
Formerly 41113 Leicestershire Regt.
born 1895
  Killed in action 07/06/1917
Buried in Wulverghem-Lindhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium Ref11. C. 7

(photo courtesy of NCC
WW1 Roll of Honour web site)
Ancestry.com Enlisted June 1916 at Derby into 3rd Leicestershire Regiment with service number 41113
Ancestry.com His service record sheet lists various home postings and his transfer to the Cheshires on 19th March 1917. He went to France that day and was killed 11 weeks later. In 1922 he was awarded the British War Medal and Victory medal, which were sent to his mother. The receipt she signed has survived. Also in the records is the form to notify his regiment of the address to which to send his effects – Mrs Kettleband.
War Diary The war diary for early July describes the particular action in which Kettleband and 25 of his “other ranks” colleagues were killed when the battalion succeeded in capturing an enemy position a part of the attack on Messine Ridge. An interesting sentence tells us they had studied a model of the German trenches beforehand.
Forces War Records.co.uk The 9th and 10th battalions of the Cheshire Regiment were the major British force which, on the 7th. June 1917, the day Gunner Kettlebrand was killed, commenced an offensive to capture the Messine Ridge, as a precursor to the much larger Third Battle of Ypres. The Battle began with the detonation of twenty two mine shafts laid by the British over several preceding months, followed by infantry attacks supported by artillery bombardment and tanks. Whilst this Battle was argued to be one of the most successful British operations of the Western Front fighting, with German losses exceeding 25000 men, British losses were not insignificant, being in the order of some 17000 including Gunner Kettlebrand.
CWGC Son of Demaris Kettleband, of 10, Long Acre Row, Bingham, Nottingham, and the late William George Kettleband
Register of Effects George’s back pay of £1.19s.6d. was paid to his mother (sole legatee) on 18th November 1917. A War Gratuity of £3.0.0. was paid to her on 28th October 1919.

Family history etc

50595 Private George Kettleband
1895 Born Radcliffe on Trent
1884
Family tree
William George Kettleband married Damaris Blatherwick on 23rd September 1884 at Radcliffe on Trent parish church.


 
Census
1901

Living in Long Acre, Bingham with:
Father: William Kettleband, b 1865 Radcliffe on Trent
Mother: Damaris, b 1858 Gunthorpe, Notts
Brother: William, b 1888.

Next door to the Dunsmore family


Merchant’s Warehouseman

Not present:
Sister: Ada, b 1884 Radcliffe, m George Smith 7th May 1904, d 1964 11 Station Street (Ancestry.com family tree).

1909
(Ancestry.com family tree).
William Kettleband died on 17th November 1909 in Bingham    
1910
(Ancestry.com family tree).
Brother: William married Gertrude E Shepherd    
Census 1911 Living in Long Acre Row with:
Mother: Demaris now called Mary
Working as Carter in Fish Trade
Charwoman
 
Nottingham Evening
Post
On June 25th 1917 the family published this notice in the Evening Post:
1922 There is a record of the award of the Memorial Scroll and Plaque being forwarded to Mrs. Kettleband.

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