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Charles was born in Market Rasen in 1885, his parents Thomas and Lucy. Father is an Ag Lab.
1891census- Charles is the eldest child with his family in Waterloo Road, his father is a general labourer.
1901 census- Charles has left home and is working as a horseman on a farm in Burnham.
1911 census- Charles has moved to Gainsborough, he is a Malsters labourer.
1914 Thomas and Lucy have moved to Market Rasen, living at 3 Prospect Place. When their sons join the Army.
In September Charles enlisted in Wakefield, in York & Lancaster Regiment, 9th Service Battalion No 19106. Brother Thomas joins Y&L in October 1914. ( He is Thomas is discharged unfit 8th March 1915.)
Killed in Action on 1st July 1916 and buried at Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuille Wood, V14
Market Rasen Mail stated on 26th August that Pte C Rickell has been officially posted as missing.
War diary for 9th Battalion York and Lancaster Regt
On the 1st July the Bn was in action. Nothing official as regards the casualties could be ascertained
CO reported wounded ( unofficial)
Major Lewis reported killed ( unofficial)
Adjt Lt Mc Callum reported wounded (official)
Orders received that the Bn was being relieved. About 7 pm arrangements being made for the comfort of the men who returned safely out of action. G S Wagons & Limbers were sent patrolling the roads between Long Valley & Crucifix Corner under orders to pick up any men who were on their way to rejoin the Bn in Long Valley. 180 returned up to 10 pm. Strength of Bn going into action 25 officers, 736 other ranks.
Report at the end of July stated that the casualties numbers for July were
4 officers and 56 other ranks
signed by Major A Palmer Comdr. 9th Bn York & Lancaster Regt
Private Bertie ( Bernard) Rickell
born 21st June 1894 in Nettleton
1901 census- Bertie is with parents Thomas and Lucy living in Nettleton. Thomas is an Ag Lab. Also at home is brother Thomas, sisters Lucy and Emily. Brother Charles is away working.
1911 census- Bertie is lodging with a family in Linwood, he is a wagoner on the farm.
By 1914 Thomas and Lucy have moved to Market Rasen, living at 3 Prospect Place.
In September 1914 Charles enlisted with York & Lancaster Regiment, he had been working as a maltster labourer in Gainsborough. Charles was born in Market Rasen in 1885 and died in July 1916 at the Somme.
Thomas also joined York & Lancaster Regiment on 31st October 1914.Thomas listed father and brother as next of kin. So between September and October 1914 his mother Lucy died. Thomas is discharged unfit 8th March 1915.
Bertie enlists on 11th December 1915 he gives his address as 3 Prospect Place. He joins 5th Lincolnshire Regiment-
He was 21 and a wood cutter, chest 34 inches, height 5ft 6 ¾ inches and declared fit for duty.
The postcard he sent home must been – February 1916
Bertie was demobbed in September 1919.
3rd April 1922 he joined the railway and there is record of him in Grimsby on 31st October 1939- widower, earning £2 15s a week.
Bertie died on 22nd November 1963.