My Mitchell family in the WW1

Lonsdale MITCHELL
Private 2408
1st Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment.

Died on 25th April, 1915
Commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres.

Born, enlisted and resided at New Tredegar.

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Samuel Oscar MITCHELL
Private 17919
5th Battalion, South Wales Borderers.

Died on 28th November, 1916
Buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, France

Born and resided at New Tredegar, enlisted at Newport.

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Charles Banfield MITCHELL
Driver 13601
Royal Field Artillery.

Died on 7th June, 1917
Buried at Westhof Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

Born, and resided at New Tredegar, enlisted at Newport.

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Lonsdale, Samuel Oscar and Charles Banfield Mitchell were three children of ten that were born to Samuel and Elizabeth Mitchell (nee Weaver). The full list is:

Mary Anne, born 28th January 1883
Peter G, born in about 1881
Thomas Edgar, born in about 1885
Harriett S, born in about 1887
Samuel Oscar born in 1888
Frances E Born in 1891
Lonsdale W, born in about 1893
William John, Born in about 1895
Charles Banfield born in about 1897and
Edith Stella, born in about 1901.

All the children were born in New Tredegar. Samuel (Snr) was born in Taibach, Swansea, in about 1855 while Elizabeth Weaver was born in Brynmawr in 1860.

The family made their home at 7, Duffryn Terrace, New Tredegar where htey lived for many years.

Samuel and Elizabeth’s eldest son, Peter, also served in the army during the First World War and survived the war.

Further research into this family by Taff Edwards and Sue Knight have revealed the following:

Another member of this family, a Peter MITCHELL (not the Peter Mitchell above) served during the Boer War in the late 1890’s as Private 5755, Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own). He was born in Ireland c1879, and was a Collier when he enlisted on 11 January 1898. But his Attestation did not take place until 13th April that year, in Brecon. From there he travelled to the Rifle Brigade Depot in Gosport. His Service record lists his Next of Kin as his father, William John Mitchell, resident at 15 Jubilee Terrace, New Tredegar. This was Peter's home address as well. On his initial paperwork, he listed having previous service with 3 Battalion, South Wales Borderers, but had purchased his discharge (no dates given).

Record of Postings:

He saw Home Service between the following dates: 11 April 1898 – 27 October 1899, 10 August 1900 – 2 August 1901 and 12 October 1902 – 10 April 1904.

He saw service in South Africa: 28 October 1899 – 9 August 1900 and 3 August 1901 – 11 October 1902.

He was discharged in 1904, but remained in the Army Reserve until April 1910, completing 12 years Service (“On completion of 1st period of Engagement”).

He was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with 6 Clasps – Cape Colony, Transvaal, Orange Free State ((State Clasps)), Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith and Laings Nek ((Battle Clasps)). He also received the Kings South Africa medal with Clasps for 1901 and 1902.

[The 1st Battalion were actually in Ladysmith itself during the siege, but although two Clasps were produced, individuals could only receive one, either the 'Defence of Ladysmith' or the 'Relief of Ladysmith'.]

His family:

His father, William John, was born in Margam c1854, and was a Collier. [His brother was Samuel Mitchell, above, who married Elizabeth Weaver - i.e. he was an uncle to the three Mitchell brothers who were killed]
His mother, Margaret, was born in Raglan c1853. In 1891 the family was living in Church Terrace, New Tredegar. The children were Peter Frederick (b.c1881) William (b. c1886) Mabel (b. c1887) George (b. 1889) (all listed as born in Monmouthshire) and Elizabeth (b. c1892) in New Tredegar.

In 1898, Peter lists his parental address as 15 Jubilee Terrace, but by 1901 the family had moved to 32 Jubilee Terrace. Peter was obviously not there at the time of the move, but he was there in 1911 (working as a Collliery Roadman) along with his wife and 4 children. He had married Maud May Pyle in 1904. She was born in Colaton Raleigh, Devon, in Q3 of 1884. Their children were David John (1906), Doris Emily (1907), Fred Henry (1909) and Ernest Peter (1910). But …. his father had moved again by 1911, this time to 22 Fothergills Road where he was living with Margaret and the two youngest children, George and Elizabeth.

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