Pte. Augustus PINKNEY, poss. D.C.L.I. Boer War entitlement

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Pte. Augustus PINKNEY, poss. D.C.L.I. Boer War entitlement

Postby Isandlwana » 12 Oct 2009 19:40

One of my work colleagues is trying to establish the 2nd Anglo-Boer War medal entitlement, and bars if possible, of his Great-Grandfather, Augustus Pinkney.

Augustus or 'Gus' as he was known was killed in action in 1915 at Ypres, whilst serving as Lance-Corporal with 2nd Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, his details appear on the Menin Gate Memorial. Additional information on the C.W.G.C. indicates service in the South African Campaign.

Can anyone please assist, as it outside of my remit?

Thanks in anticipation,

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Re: Pte. Augustus PINKNEY, poss. D.C.L.I. Boer War entitlement

Postby DavidB » 13 Oct 2009 14:01

A few initial things for your colleague to look-up:

- An SDGW (Soldiers Died in the Great War) lookup from WW1 on the off-chance it includes any additional information.
- A search of the 1911 census. If he's found, then we might infer certain things from whether he's Army or a civilian at that point.
- A search of the 1901 census. Even if he served in the S.African campaign it's certainly possible he was home by 1901.
- If Augustus was married/had children then there may be a regiment specified on the relevant marriage or birth certificates.

- A search of the QSA medal roll for the DCLI. This is the big one, but I'm not sure it's ever been published in any form or is easily available outside of a trip to the National Archives. A question on the British Medal Forum may turn up someone who has a copy with a little bit of luck.

- Failing that, it's always possible he served in a different unit, so searches through other rolls will start to narrow down the possibilities at least.

Will see if I can think of anything else
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Re: Pte. Augustus PINKNEY, poss. D.C.L.I. Boer War entitlement

Postby Isandlwana » 13 Oct 2009 23:03

Thanks the tips David,

We checked the 1911 Census, he's a civilian, working as a car man and living in Hackney, east London.

He's not listed in the 1901, so we're assuming he's still in South Africa.

His youngest child was born whilst he was at the front in 1915, she died on the same day the telegram arrived to announce him as k.i.a. four days previous.

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Re: Pte. Augustus PINKNEY, poss. D.C.L.I. Boer War entitlement

Postby Isandlwana » 15 Oct 2009 18:36

Now found in the 1901, not living where we thought listed as 'Army'.

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Re: Pte. Augustus PINKNEY, poss. D.C.L.I. Boer War entitlement

Postby DavidB » 15 Oct 2009 19:11

I have the SDGW lookup for you, no more info on his previous service sadly but:
Born - South Hornsey, Middlesex
Enlisted - Dalston, London
Residence - Mile End, London
Rest as per CWGC

If he's listed as Army on the 1901 census, that's obviously the time period we're interested in so I'd focus more on that if I was your colleague. If he's listed in the company of other soldiers, then with luck the unit is given at the start of the enumeration section. Failing that, note the names of any officers as you scroll back through the pages. Officers can of course be looked up in Army Lists and the like, and you can get the unit that way.

Looking again at his age is 1915, he would have been 16? in 1901.
On balance, a bit young to have been in the early part of the Boer War wouldn't you say?
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Re: Pte. Augustus PINKNEY, poss. D.C.L.I. Boer War entitlement

Postby mauveman » 11 Nov 2009 11:34

Hello,

I have just discovered this sight and your post regarding Lance Corporal Augustus Pinkney.
I am his great great Nephew. Augustus' younger brother Thomas is my great grandfather and was killed in action in France in September 1918. I would very much like to contact Your friend (Augustus' great grand son) and compare what information we have. Please pass on my email address dannypyne@blueyonder.co.uk

Incidentally my records give Augustus YOB as 1883 making him 18 in 1901?
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Re: Pte. Augustus PINKNEY, poss. D.C.L.I. Boer War entitlement

Postby Isandlwana » 12 Nov 2009 07:53

Passed on your message yesterday, hopefully contact has been made.

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