Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for L/Corporal John Nightingale
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John Henry Nightingale was born in Over Whitacre in 1892, and christened on the 19th June 1892. His parents were John Charles Nightingale and Harriett Pallet, who were married later the same year. John Henry attended the Coleshill Parochial School and then became an underground coal miner. He worked for a time at Kingsbury Colliery. By the outbreak of war, John had disappeared from Coleshill and enlisted under a false name in Hengoed, Glamorgan in the 16th Battalion Welsh Regiment (service number 23991), also known as the Cardiff City Battalion. The Battalion was formed at Cardiff in November 1914, completed training at Colwyn Bay and Winchester and landed at Le Havre in France in December 1915. John Henry Nightingale first served in France on the 4th December 1915. Lance Corporal Nightingale was killed in action on 31st August 1916, aged 24, and is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. He was awarded the 1915 Star, Victory and British medals and is also remembered on the Parochial School Memorial in the Old Market Hall, Coleshill.
Battalion War Diary entry for 31/8/16: Night. Relieved by 17/RWF. B.Coy left at Bn. H.Qrs. 17/RWF A.Coy & H.Qrs. to Machine Gun Farm. C & D Coys to Canal Bank.