John Stewart Powell
Regiment: 11th Battalion, Hampshire Regiment
Parents: Mr William Henry & Mrs Clara Powell
Parent’s Address: Cranford, St Peter’s Road, St Leonards
Other Info: An article published in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer on 15th July 1916 reads: “Information has been received by Mr W. H. Powell that his brother, Captain John Stewart Powell of the Hampshire Regiment was killed in action on July 3rd. Captain Powell was the third son of the late Mr William Henry Powell, F.R.I.B.A. and Mrs Powell of Cranford, St Leonards. He was educated at Marizburg College, Natal, and at King’s College School, Wimbledon Common. For over ten years he was on the staff of Middlesex County Council, and obtained leave of absence early in the War.
He received his commission as Second-Lieutenant in April 1915 and Captain in September 1915. He went to the Front in December of the same year.
In a letter received by Mr Powell is is explained that Captain Powell was killed by a chance shell which burst close beside him, a piece entering his thigh and cutting the main artery. The letter also contained many references to the esteem in which Captain Powell had been held by his fellow officers and men, and a remark made by a subaltern in his regiment, “He was simply loved by all ranks, and his death has cast a gloom over us all”, testifies to the loss sustained. Sincere sympathy will be offered to the family in their bereavement.”
According to CWGC, George is remembered at Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery Extension, grave reference I.F.5.
Published: July 1916
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