Loos Memorial

Rank: Rifleman
Service No: 5/4931
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Age: 34
Regiment/Service: King’s Royal Rifle Corps 2nd Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 101 and 102.

Additional Information:

Born on 10-10-85 at Walthamstow and Christened Henry James Nightingale, he was the son of Henry (Coal Carman) and Eliza Nightingale. 1891: Living with his family at 9 Field Road Walthamstow. 1901: A Milk Boy, living with his family at 12 Chase Road South Woodford. 1905: he married Laura Rossiter. 1911: A Bakers Journeyman, living at 18 Chase Road South Woodford. At the time of the Census his father was in the West Ham Workhouse Union Road Leytonstone, and died there later in the year. His Mother worked as a Charwoman.

During the following year he and his wife would live at several different addresses in Chase Road, and have three sons.

Having served in the Army during the Boer War, he obtained his discharge by purchase from 3 Essex on 07-04-09. He re-enlisted on 24-08-14 at Finsbury Barracks.

On 25-09-15 the Battalion launched an attack near Hulluch during the Battle of Loos. With mounting casualties and no prospect of enemy positions being taken, they were recalled to British lines in order to regroup. A colleague wrote telling Mrs Nightingale that her husband was seen to fall early in this advance. He was not recovered from the battlefield, and was presumed Killed in Action. During the retirement that day 18 year old Private George Peachment won the Victoria Cross.

On seeking advice from the Army because she had not heard from her husband for a time, initially Laura Nightingale was incorrectly reassured that he was still serving with the Battalion.

Henry James Nightingale was the third brother to be lost.

X/R L/C Charles Nightingale (1914) Pvt Frederick John Nightingale (1915) Trooper Walter Henry Nightingale (1917) (Brothers)

Memorial: Roll of Honour St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Find my Past. Service Record.
Qualification: Borough Resident.