Henry KIVELL M.M.
Rank: Private
Number: 14494
Unit: 1/6th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Date of Death: 15 September 1918
Age: 25
Cemetery: Westoutre British Cemetery, Westouter, Belgium

The Census records 14 people named Kivell living in Stockport. Henry is amongst them, aged 8. The National Archives makes a charge for further information which would identify his immediate family. And it has not been possible for this project to incur the cost.

Harry's service number is not one usually associated with the Territorial Battalion (which, by 1918, would normally be six-digit numbers), but rather with one of the "New Army" battalions created in 1918. The 1/6th did absorb members of the 11th Cheshires in June 1918 when that Battalion was disbanded. It is reasonable to assume that Henry's early war service was with them.

The London Gazette, 6 January 1917, posted information that Henry had been awarded the Military Medal for "bravery in the field". This will have been for some act during the Battle of the Somme in the previous summer and autumn, whilst he was with his previous Battalion, but there is no mention of the details in the Regimental History. Military Medals were the commonest gallantry award and so many were issued that details are rarely recorded.

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