Remembrance - The Yorkshire Regiment, First World War
Private Mark KENDALL. 15165
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Select the thumbnail image above for a larger photo which is from a group of men of the 10th Battalion photographed in Aylesbury (date unknown).
Private Mark KENDALL, 15165, 10th Battalion
Alan Kendall (<email@example.com>) has sent us the following information on his grandfather, Mark Kendall;-
Mark Kendall was born 11th May 1895 at The Drovers Arms on the North York Moors above Kepwick as the fifth of 11 children.
He enlisted at Thirsk 26th September 1914. For some reason his older brother John joined the 5th Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment and was later reported missing at Thiepval during the Somme, after previously taking part in Gallipoli.
Mark was in Aylesbury around his Birthday in 1915 as he was sent a post card by his sister at that time to a private address in Aylesbury.
He landed in France on 9th September 1915 and left on 8th June 1916. I don't know when he was injured, which is what I am trying to find out at the moment. He was discharged from the Army on 24th January 1917 after losing his left leg.
When I was a young boy he showed me a bible which he said he carried in his breast pocket. There was a corner missing from the bible, and he said that when he was shot, the bullet hit the bible and was deflected into his leg. I don't know how true this was, and I don't know what happened to the bible after he died. He received three medals, the Victory Medal, the British Medal and the 1915 star.
After leaving the Army he trained to become a cobbler, and opened a shop in Ripon. Later he became a sub postmaster of Sowerby Post Office.
He was married in 1924 and had four children. He died in 1971 at the age of 76 and is buried at St. Oswald's Church in Sowerby.
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