Topic: Private Albert Henry Bradshaw Pepperell

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A soldier of the Great War killed in action at Biefvillers, near Bapaume.

Pepperell, A. H. B.

Private Albert Henery Bradshaw Pepperell - 40244

Albert was born at Christchurch on 1st July 1881, son of Albert Edward and Katherine Evelyn Maud Pepperell. Henery spelt his name in an unusual way with an extra e. His father had died by the time he enlisted and his mother had remarried. He listed his cousin, Alice Mary Beagley as his next of kin and made his will in her favour. Before enlisting Albert was a labourer working for the Ballugh Brothers at Hororata. He was 5ft 8in tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair

Albert enlisted at Darfield on 13th October 1916 and was assigned to the 23rd Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Regiment, C Company. Whilst at Featherston he spent a day confined to barracks after “creating a disturbance” on 8th February 1917. He embarked on board the Corinthic on 2nd April 1917 and landed at Plymouth on 10th June. He marched into Sling Camp the same day and after a month left for France on 6th July.  From there he joined the 2nd Battalion, Canterbury Regiment and was posted to 1st Company in the field on 25th July. He was admitted to No 3 General Hospital “sick” and after treatment re-joined his unit on 4th April 1918. He was killed in action, aged 37, on 24th August 1918 when the battalion were in action around Biefvillers. He was buried near where he fell recorded as 1 ½ half miles NW of Bapaume. After the war he was gathered in and he now lies in Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais. In New Zealand Albert is remembered on the Hororata War Memorial.

CWGC Cemetery locale history: Achiet-le-Grand is a village 19 Kms south of Arras.  Achiet-le-Grand was occupied by the 7th Bedfords on 17 March 1917, lost on 25 March 1918 after a defence by the 1st/6th Manchesters, and recaptured on 23 August 1918. From April 1917 to March 1918, the village was occupied by the 45th and 49th Casualty Clearing Stations. Achiet station was an allied railhead. The communal cemetery and extension were used by Commonwealth medical units from April 1917 to March 1918. The extension was also used by the Germans to a small extent in March and April 1918, and again by Commonwealth troops in August 1918. After the Armistice Plot III and most of Plot IV were made when 645 graves, mainly of 1916 and March and August 1918, were brought in from the battlefields around Achiet  ACHIET-LE-PETIT COMMUNAL CEMETERY and the GERMAN EXTENSION on the East of it. The former contained the graves of three soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from New Zealand, buried by the Germans. The latter was begun by the Germans, carried on by the 1st Bedfords and other units in August, 1918, and completed after the Armistice by the concentration to it of 360 German Graves; it contained, in all, the graves of 50 soldiers from the United Kingdom, 39 from New Zealand and 1,147 German. The COMMUNAL CEMETERY contains four Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The EXTENSION contains 1,424 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 200 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to eight casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of ten casualties buried in other cemeteries whose graves could not be found. There are also 42 German war graves in the extension. The extension was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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Private Albert Henry Bradshaw Pepperell

First Names:Albert Henry Bradshaw
Last Name:Pepperell
Date of Birth:1st July 1881
Place of Birth:Christchurch
Date of Death:24 August 1918
Place of Death:Achiet-le-Grand, France
Memorial or Cemetery:Achiet-le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France
Age at death:37
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Labourer
Marital Status:Single
Nominal Roll:57/12
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Regiment
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:13th October 1916
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Albert Edward and Kathleen Evelyn Maud Pepperell
Service Number:40244
Rank last held:Private
Embarkation:2 April 1917
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Theatres of War:Western Front
Cause of Death:Killed in action
Other biographical information:NOK, Mrs Alice Beagley (cousin), North Road, Belfast,
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