Thursday, March 19, 2015

33201 Private William Mainwood, 9th Royal Berkshire Regt

Chailey Parish Magazine notes William Mainwood for the first time in a special list of attested men published in March and April 1916.  In October 1916 he is recorded as Pte W Mainwood, 9th Royal Berkshire Regiment, England and in December 1918, the additional information that he has been wounded is included.  This information is then repeated up to and including July 1919. 

This is possibly the same William Mainwood whose medal information card at The National Archives gives the army number 27043.  This card also gives a number for the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry – 33201.  It is possible that he transferred to this regiment after being wounded although there is no mention of this in the parish magazine. 

It seems plausible that Wiliam is the same William Mainwood who was born around 1893 in Fletching, Sussex.  He was the youngest of three children born to William Mainwood (born in Fletching in 1844) and Harriet Mainwood (nee Stevenson, born in Chailey in 1854).  He appears on the 1901 census living at Ivy Cottage, Fletching.  The household comprised: William Mainwood, (head, aged 54, working as an agricultural labourer), his wife Harriet (aged 48) and their three children: Harriet (aged 12), Lily (aged ten) and William (aged eight). 

If this is the same William Mainwood who appears in Reverend Jellicoe’s lists of local serving men then he was also related to Frank George Mainwood both men sharing common great grandparents.

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