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 eight elder siblings, William, Annie, Joseph, Harriett, Alice, John, George and Edward. (1881 Census RG 11/2791) The family were at the same address in 1891 and 1901 (Censuses RG 12/2225 and RG 13/2670).

In 1911 (Census RG 14/17007) Randel was living at Church Hill, Penn, with his wife, Edith Jane (née Minnett), married March quarter 1905, and their three children May (aged), Violet (aged 3) and Gladys (10 months). The Census also shows that the couple had three other children who died in infancy. At that time Randle (another different spelling) 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:
Without his Service papers it is not know when Rendle joind the K.O.Y.L.I.  At the outbreak of the First World War, the 2nd Battalion was in Dublin, Ireland, with the 13th Brigade, 5th Division, and was immediately sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force, landing at Le Havre on 16 August 1914. They remained on the Western Front for the duration of the conflict.

Rendel Powell, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, on 14th January 1918. (London Gazette). Just before he was killed in action on 18/19 August 1918 the Australian 22nd Battalion was relieved by 2nd KOYLI in front of Herleville. It could have been in the ensuing action that he lost his life. Seven other members of his Battalion, killed at the same time, lie with Rendle in Heath Cemetery.


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