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Private Herbert Chettle

23508 6th Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment

Pte. Herbert ChettleSon of Mr Harry & Mrs Eliza Chettle
Husband of Edith B (nee March)

Aged 29 years

Died 31st March 1918

Commemorated at Hangard Communal Cemetery Extension
Grave I. E.13.

Born and enlisted at Rushden.
The Rushden Echo Friday 18 August 1916, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Wounded in the Head and Arm - Rushden Soldier's Misfortune

Mr and Mrs H Chettle, Church-street, Rushden, have received news that their third son, Pte H Chettle, - Northants Regt., has been wounded in France in the head and arm. The news was contained in a communication from the injured soldier himself, who is now in hospital near Woolwich.

Pte H Chettle enlisted almost at the beginning of this year and has only been at the front a short time. He formerly worked for Messrs. Nurrish and Pallet, Rushden.

The Rushden Echo Friday 27 July 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Soldiers Missing - Twenty Men of the Northants Regiment - Letter from Private Cecil Peacock

Mrs Peacock, of North-street, Rushden, in view of unofficial reports that have been widely circulated in regard to the losses of a certain battalion of the Northants Regiment at the Battle of the Dunes recently, was very relieved to receive a letter from her husband, Pte Cecil Peacock (Northants Regiment) to tell her that he came through safely. He mentions, however, that twenty lads, belonging to the Rushden homes, are missing, these include Bert Chettle, Chris Minney, Charlie Underwood, Sharman, Ernie Letts, and "Aggie" Ayres. A report with regard to A Sharman is published in another part of this issue.

The Rushden Echo Friday 12 April 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates

Rushden Casualty List Men Killed, Wounded and Gassed In the Great German Offensive

Mrs H Chettle, of 40 Grove-street, Rushden, has received news from an Army chaplain of the Northants Regiments that her husband, Pte Herbert Chettle, of the "Steelbacks", was killed in action on Easter Sunday night. The chaplain, who has sent the deceased soldier's pocket wallet to the widow, writes that Pte Chettle was killed by the only shell that the Germans sent over that evening. The same shell also took the life of another man and wounded eight others. The late Pte Chettle, who was formerly a clicker at Messrs. Nurrish and Pallet's boot factory, at Rushden, joined the Colours in February, 1916, and went to France in the following June, being wounded two months later. He was sent to England for a few months, but on retiming to France was taken ill, and was again sent to England, remaining in hospital throughout the whole of last year. He returned to the Western front about 13 weeks ago. The late Pte Chettle was the second son of Mrs and Mrs Henry Chettle of 29, Church-street, Rushden.

Kettering Leader, 19th April 1918, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Late Private Herbert Chettle

Pte. Herbert Chettle, Northants Regt., husband of Mrs. Chettle, of Grove-road, Rushden, and son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Chettle, of Church-street, Rushden, has been unofficially reported as killed in action on Easter Sunday night. Pte. Chettle joined up in February 1916, and went to France in June 1916. Before enlisting he was employed as clicker at Messrs. Nurrish and Pallett’s boot factory. He sustained a wound in August 1916.

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