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Article in the Express & Star 11 April 1918

Article in the Express & Star 11 April 1918

This report appeared in the Express & Star on 11 April 1918, about Captain J. A. Pinnegar, M. C., Rifle Brigade, stating that he was “wounded and missing”. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Thomas Pinnegar of Frost Street, Ettingshall. The couple were informed by the Commanding Officer of the battalion that “your son is a prisoner in the hands of the Germans; he was also wounded.”

John Arthur Pinnegar was born in Wolverhampton in 1890. He appears in the 1891 census at Frost Street, together with his parents Thomas and Alice, his five brothers (William, Frank, Percy, Frederick and Walter) and two sisters, Beatrice and Amy. By 1901 they are registered at 27 Frost Street, with Frank, Percy, Frederick, Walter and Amy still living there, along with an additional daughter, Edith. John attended the Higher Grade School, and then worked at Briton Motor Works. In 1911 they are at 22 Frost Street and John is listed as an Under Manager. His brothers Frank and Percy, and sisters Amy and Edith, are still living with the family.

In 1914, Pinnegar was mobilised as a motor transport driver in the A. S. C. and became a holder of the Mons Star. In 1917 he received a commission in the 16th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, and was later slightly wounded, when he won his Military Cross. In his letter, the Commanding Officer of the battalion consoles the couple by adding that “at the end of the war, which is now not far distant, he will return safe and sound.” Unfortunately, his words did not hold true. By the time this article appeared, Captain Pinnegar was already dead, as he had died on 23 March 1918. He is commemorated on the Poizieres Memorial in France.

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