Rank:


Rifleman

Service No(s):


393087

Regiment:


London Regiment (Queen Victoria's Rifles)

Unit:

1st/9th Battalion

Returned:

No

Place of birth:

Camden Town

Occupation:

Export Stationer (1911 Census)

Date of death:

11/04/1917

Cause of death:

Killed in action

Grave or panel reference:

Bay 10

Name of father:

Henry Charles Chennell

Name of siblings:

Agnes, Grace, Godwin, Gertrude, Irene, Lillian, Leslie, Reginald

Name(s) of children:

Donald

Died:

Yes

Date of birth:

16/06/1883

Place of enlistment:

Mill Hill

Event:

France and Flanders

Age at death:

33

Cemetery or memorial:

Arras Memorial at Faubourg d’Amiens British Cemetery.

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Flora Annie Elizabeth Chenell (nee Dennis)

Name of spouse:

Alice Annie Chennell (née Hancock)

Address:

9 Elm Grove, Crouch End

Biography:

Edgar John Chennell was born on 16 June 1883, the third of Henry and Flora Chennell’s nine children. He was baptised at All Saints Church in Camden on 2 September that year, at which time his parents were living at 26 Georgiana Street, which backs on to All Saints.

Censuses place the family at 62 Raleigh Road in 1891 and 223 Wightman Road in 1901, both in Hornsey. By the time of the next Census, in 1911, Edgar was working as a shipping clerk and had moved to Elm Grove, Crouch End, with his new wife Alice (née Hancock), who had been born in Sheffield before moving to London with her family. Her profession was listed in 1901 as dressmaker. 

The couple had been married in the summer of 1910, and three years later they had a son, Donald Edgar. In 1916, at the age of 31, Edgar signed up to the 1st/9th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles). He fought in France and Flanders and was killed in action on 11 April 1917. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial at Faubourg d’Amiens British Cemetery.

Donald Chennell was one of two sons of fallen soldiers who were chosen to unveil the Memorial Organ at New Court Congregational Church on 12 December 1920. However, just seven years later he died at the age of 16. Edgar’s widow Alice is listed among the church members in the 1921 manual.