Project Description

JOSEPH WILLIAM PELL 1893–1951

J W Pell

Photograph courtesy of the Pell family

Born on 15th March 1893 at the family farm in Flawborough

Brother of Eric and Harold

Married in 1920 to Philippa Constance Howitt, daughter Fay Pauline and a son Peter born 1924

Died 22nd December 1951 in Flawborough and buried in Holme Pierrepont churchyard

1901 Census

Age 8 living at the Manor House, Flawborough with his father William 43, farmer, mother Sarah 43, her father William Whitt, retired tea broker, brothers Eric 6 and Harold 3, a governess Susana Barsby and a domestic servant.

Education 1904 – 1910

He was a pupil at The King’s School, Grantham, Lincs, from January 1904 to December 16th 1910. Both his brothers were pupils at the school. Albert Ball, V.C. was a pupil at the school between 1906 and 1907.

1911 Census

Age 18, a civil engineer with the County Council, living at Holme House, Holme Pierrepont with parents, brothers Eric and Harold and sister Mary Elizabeth Hilary 6 (known as Hilary), who went on to marry Frederic Wodehouse, the cousin of P. G. Wodehouse, in 1940. William Whitt had died 1906.

Military Service

J W Pell

Rank: Lieutenant

Military Unit: 12th (Service) Battalion (Pioneers), The Sherwood Foresters, 24th Division

Theatre of War: France and Flanders

Enlisted in late 1915. He was listed as a lodger at Holme House in the 1915 electoral register.

Member of Notts University OTC

10.8.1916  Shrapnel wound right leg

Appointed a lieutenant on 1st July 1917.

Pioneer course at Reading 31.1.17-17.3.17

Medals Awarded

British War and Victory

Other information

The 12 Bn Sherwood Foresters were present during the Battle of the Somme, 1916 at the battles of Delville Wood and Guillemont. They were involved in major conflicts on the western front throughout 1917 and 1918.

Joseph was unable to farm after the war due to injuries and in 1920 was working for Notts County Council as an engineering assistant.

In December 1922 Joseph became an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and went on to become Borough Surveyor for Maidstone in Kent.

From the 1939 Register

Address: Bute Cottage, Hollingbourne, Kent

Occupation: highway surveyor

Household: living with wife Philippa and daughter Fay, a student

His sister, Hilary, is buried with her parents in St. Edmund’s churchyard, Holme Pierrepont, Notts.