Regiment: 13th Kensington Battalion, London Regiment
Parents: Mr Henry & Mrs Flora Pagnoni (nee Bendall)
Parent’s Address: 95a Hughenden Road, Hastings
Other Info: Severely wounded at Albert, France and died aged 18 on 17th September 1916. He is remembered at Kensal Green (All Soul’s) Cemetery, Screen Wall 213.6.9.
An article in the Hastings & St Leonards Observer dated 30th September 1916 reports “Although only 18 years of age, George Pagnoni, lately residing at 22 Southwater Road, St. Leonard’s, did not disregard the call of duty. In April 1915 he enlisted in the County of London Regiment, and went to France the following August.
Towards the end of June he was blown up in his trench as the result of German mining operations (sic), but apart from being extremely shaken he emerged from that alarming experience unhurt.
On July 1st when the Big Push was commenced Pagnoni’s Regiment along with other gallant London battalions took part in the operation. Whilst rushing upon the enemy trenches the faithful soldier was struck upon the head by a piece of shell and sustained a fractured skull.
He was sent to England and placed in hospital at Denmark Hill, and afterwards to a nursing home at Byfleet, Surrey, where for a time he seemed to improve. He had a relapse however, and with all speed possible he was transferred to the Fulham Military Hospital. Despite all that was done for him he passed away. Private Pagnoni was a bright and cheerful boy and his death is deeply regretted.
The funeral took place last Wednesday afternoon, the first part of the burial service was held at the chapel of the hospital. There were a number of wounded soldiers present. A deputation of his colleagues from the Natural History Museum, where he was an Attendant, were present at this service. The internment was made at Kensal Green Cemetery and full military honours were accorded. The mourners were: Mrs Pagnoni (mother), Miss Pagnoni (sister), Mrs Pagnoni (aunt), Miss Bendall (aunt). Wreathes were contributed by all the mourners, and also by the staff of the Natural History Museum, staff of the North End Road School, Madame Helen and family, neighbours, two old chums Monty and Will, Matron and staff at the Byfleet Convalescent Home, Mrs Cornish and Miss Morgan.”
Photograph and additional information from the Lives of the First World War website.
Published: September 1916
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