223. Herbert (Bertie) Mowle KENDAL Croix de Guerre was born in March 1878 in Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.180 Born during the March quarter 1878 in the Stockport R.D. - ref: 8a/96, the son of Thomas Herbert & Mary Elizabeth Kendal (nee Mowle).
1881 Census - Woodleigh, Stockport-Etchells, Gatley. Son - aged: 3 -born: Gatley. Head of household - Mary E. Kendal - Wife - aged: 42 -occ: Silk Merchant's Wife - born: Ireland. Plus 4 siblings and 4 domesticservants. His father was a visitor at The Cedars Hoole House, Hoole,Cheshire. Listed as being aged: 38 - occ: Silk Merchant. This was thehome of the Mowle family and his father-in-law was an Iron Founder,employing 70 Men & 15 Boys.
1891 Census - 37 Gatley Road, Stockport Etchells, Gatley. Son - aged:13 - Scholar - born: Cheadle. Head of household - Thomas H. Kendal -Married - aged: 48 - occ: Silk Merchant - born: Manchester. Also - MaryE. Kendal - Wife - aged: 52 - born: Ireland. Plus 5 siblings and 4domestic servants. In 1881 he lived at Woodleigh, Gatley in Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.168 In 1891 he lived at 37, Gatley Road, Gatley in Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.169 In 1901 Herbert lived at Gatley Hill, Gatley, Stockport Etchells in Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.170 In 1901 he was a Silk Mercer (Worker) in Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.170 In 1911 he lived at Newstead in Altrincham, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.306 Herbert died on 28 May 1918 at the age of 40 in nr. Soissons, France.180 The 07/06/1918 edition of the Altrincham Guardian reported that he was serving with the British Ambulance Convoy, attached to the French Army and had been awarded the Croix de Guerre for his work in April 1918. It also stated that he died near to Soissons, France.Herbert died during the "Battle of the Aisne", that took place between the 27th May and 6th June 1918. He was serving in the 39th Division in the 11(French) Cavalry Corps. A German offensive, the Battle opened on the 27th May with a bombardment of the British lines by 4,000 German artillery guns. The bombardment was accompanied by a gas attack and British casualties were severe. Paul Heuzé, "L'automobile dans la guerre", Illustration, n° 3961, 1 Feb 1919, p. 127. "The fact is that the ambulance drivers, who theoretically were only supposed to go as far as the advance posts of the Division Stretcher-bearer Corps, went all the way up to the aid stations to pick up their wounded, across terrain mined by the enemy, through intense rifle fire and waves of gas which they had to cross in the open. Add to this the darkness, the cries of the wounded for whom each bump in the road meant torture, the gas mask which made it so terribly difficult to drive! And the driver, despite all this, was aware more than anywhere else of the importance of the role he was playing: did he not constantly hold in his hands the lives of hundreds of wounded which he could save by his cool-headedness and alacrity".
The President of the British Ambulance Committee - the Duke of Portland,K.G., G.C.V.O., wrote to Herbert's widow on the 2nd March 1921 apologising for not writing to her when Herbert was reported as missing in 1918. In his letter, the Duke states that Herbert had served as an Ambulance Driver from the 1st August 1917 until his death on the 28th May 1918 caused when his ambulance took a direct hit by a German shell and exploded.
His estate was valued at £86,013. 14s. 10d.
Herbert (Bertie) Mowle KENDAL Croix de Guerre and Dorothy (Dolly) Jane GODSON were married in June 1903 in Stockport, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.180 Herbert married Dorothy Jane Godson during the Jun Qtr 1903 at StockportR.D. - ref: 8a/12. The daughter of a medical practitioner. In 1911 Dorothy (Dolly) Jane GODSON lived at Newstead in Altrincham, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom.306 She was also known as Aunt Dolly.306
Herbert (Bertie) Mowle KENDAL Croix de Guerre and Dorothy (Dolly) Jane GODSON had the following children: