Private 21238 Enoch Price

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Photograph courtesy of Barnsley Archives and the Barnsley War Memorials Project.

Killed in Action on Saturday, 1st July 1916, age 21.
Commemorated on Pier and Face 11 C and 12 A of Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

10th Bn., King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. 64th Brigade of 21st Division.

Son of William and Phoebe Price, of 15, Vaal St., Barnsley.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Barnsley, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 11th September 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial, but commemorated on St. Peter's Church Memorial, Doncaster Road, Barnsley.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1549324/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Enoch Price registered in March 1895 at Dudley.

1901 Census
10 Cleton Street, Great Bridge, Tipton, Staffs.
William Price (29, Coal Hewer, born Tipton), his wife Phoebe (27, born Tipton), and their 3 children: Enoch (6, born Tipton), William (3, born Tipton), and John (1, born Tipton).

1911 Census
3 Armstead Road, Beighton, Yorkshire.
William Price (39, Coal Hewer, born Tipton), his wife Phoebe (37, born Tipton), and their 8 children: Enoch (16, Pony Driver at Pit, born Tipton), William (13, Golf Caddy, born Tipton), John (11, School, born Tipton), Phoebe (9, born Tipton), Annie (7, born Tipton), Ernest (4, born Tipton), Margaret Ellen (2, born Beighton, Yorks), and Herbert (5 days, born Beighton,Yorks).

Personal Data

Samuel was born in Tipton in 1895, but the entire Price family moved to Yorkshire around 1908. Initially (at the 1911 Census) they lived in Beighton, about 5 miles south east of Sheffield, but later moved to Vaal Street, Barnsley. Vaal Street is with half a mile of Barnsley Main pit where Samuel, and very possibly his father, worked.

After Samuel's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/11/5d (2 pounds, 11 shillings and 5 pence); this was paid to his mother and sole legatee, Phoebe, in March 1917. His War Gratuity was £6/0/0d (6 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his mother in September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Samuel had enlisted in February 1915.

Samuel's mother, Phoebe, was awarded a weekly pension of 15/0d (15 shillings) for life, commencing on 10th April 1917.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings

Barnsley Independent 28th October 1916. Courtesy of Barnsley Archives.
After Three Months.
Another name has to be added to the already long list of Barnsley Main heroes who have given their lives nobly in the titanic struggle for liberty and righteousness. After a three months’ period of anxiety as to the safety or otherwise of their eldest son, Enoch. Mr and Mrs William Price, of 15 Vaal Street, Measbro, Barnsley, have this week received official notification that he fell in action in the great push which commenced on July 1st.

The deceased soldier enlisted in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry on the 26th January 1915. His last furlough home was at Barnsley Feast in the same year, and a few weeks later he crossed over to France. He celebrated is 21st birthday in the trenches in February last.