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SANDEL, Henry Victor (1898-1917) – Private, Worcestershire Regiment

Private Henry Victor Sandel (1898-1917) lived in Wickhamford from 1900-1903 and began his school life at Badsey School.  He is remembered on the war memorial in Childswickham Memorial Hall where his name appears as Henry Sandell.

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Henry was born in Childswickham, the second of six children of John and Frances Sandel; his birth registered was registered as 'Henry Victor Sandals' but in most records the name is Sandel.  In 1901 the Sandel family lived on Broadway Road, Wickhamford and his father was a cowman.  They had moved to Wickhamford in December 1900; Walter Preston, his half-brother, and Margaret, his elder sister, enrolled at Badsey School on 12th December. The family were back in Childswickham in 1911 where Henry was working as a farm labourer.

Henry joined the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment (Nos 6657 & 242211).  He was killed in action on 2nd September 1917 and is buried in the Underhill Farm Cemetery, Belgium.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals, but at the time of his death his parents had moved to Manor Farm, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon.