2/Lieutenant Rendel (Randal) POWELL


Regiment/Service:
King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Unit:
2nd Battalion
Service Number:
n/a
Date of Death:
20 August 1918 - Killed in Action
Age:
39
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Number:
III. F. 3.



Personal History:

The 'Soldiers Died in the Great War' database lists eight Lieutenants or 2nd Lieutenants with the name "R. POWELL" or a derivative

At the moment none of them can be effectively linked to Buxton. Given that there is no second initial on the Memorial, the most likely is:

2/Lieutenant Rendel Powell - Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Killed in Action 20th August 1918.

Randal (Morris) (as named in the Census)  was the youngest child of John and Mary (née Morris) Powell of Manor Farm, Penn, Staffordshire, born in the September quarter 1878. He had four elder siblings, Joseph, Alice, George and Edward. (1891 Census RG 12/2225) The family were at the same address in 1910 (Census RG 13/2670). In 1911 (Census RG 14/17007) Randel was living at Church Hill, Penn, with his wife, Edith, married 1904, and his three children May, Violet and Gladys. At that time he was a "Farmer's Son Working On Farm", the same occupation as listed in 1901. It is just possible that he moved to Buxton to farm after 1911..

Military History:
If Rendel Powell, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, on 14th January 1918. (London Gazette).

Commemorated on:
Link to CWGC Record
Lt. Rendel Powell's grave
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