Lionel Ralph Mitchell DCM

1897 Jan 8. born Chard, Somerset

1901 census living at Market Place, Crewkerne

1911 census living at 4 High St Newport Pagnell

He was educated at the County School, Wolverton and

1915 Nov 11. Enlists in Ox and Bucks Light InfantryHe gives his address as 291 Seven Sisters Rd.

Lional Mitchell's Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry records, say that he joined the 3rd Reserve Bn, transferring, as corporal, to the 5th Bn in France & Flanders. The Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry records - that is to say the database that is held at the study centre in Woodstock - say that he "later transferred to the 15th Artists Rifles", which may indeed be a mistake - should this be The Civil Service Rifles? There is no mention of service in Mesopotamia or the 1st Bn.

1916 Apr 20 Appointed L/Cpl

1916 Jul 14 , and transfers to Royal Berks Regt.

1917 Jul 14. The service number 38002 was issued to a man transferring on this date. The probability is that Mitchell transferred at this time too

A Draft transferred from the 3rd I.B.D. to the Royal Berkshire Regiment 14 July 1917 and posted to 2/4th Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment 15 July 1917. The man involved had arrived at the I.B.D. 27 June 1917.

1918 Mar 28 LG Citation for DCM

1918 Sep 24 Commissioned into Indian Army. Due to the heavy loss of British officers in the Indian Army there was a call in 1917 for officers to volunteer to serve in the Indian Army. However the army write to him saying that this cannot be proceeded with as the Indian Army have stopped taking new officers.

1918 Sep 25. R Berks Regt. Temp. 2nd Lt. Lionel Ralph Mitchell, from Gen. List (I.A.R. of O.), to be temp.2nd Lt. Royal Berkshire Regiment Service Battalions (5th - 8th Bn)

1918 Dec 18. Posted to 32 Hampshire Regt at Colchester

1920 Mar 20. R Berks Regt. Temp. 2nd Lt. L. R. Mitchell to be temp. Lt.

1920 Aug 17. R. Berks. R. Temp. Lt. L. R. Mitchell relinquishes his commission on completion of service, and retains the rank of Lt. His address is given as 106 Queens Rd, Finsbury Pk, London. His civilian job is given as "chemist"

1920 Aug 18. Joined ADRIC with service no 298 posted to C Coy, Macroom. Section Leader

1920 Nov 6. Two Auxiliaries (Cadets Bertram Agnew and Lionel Mitchell) are reported missing at Macroom, Co. Cork. It is believed that they were kidnapped by the IRA on their way from Macroom to Cork and then interrogated and killed. Their bodies were never found. Posted missing in the roll on 15 Nov.

From what little I was told by my mother the Mitchell family did not discuss what had happened to Lionel, but his 2 female siblings never really got over his loss. My mother's cousin John Mitchell (son of Eldred Owen Mitchell) told me that as a young boy he was shown Lionel's medals which his father had in his house along with a photograph of a man in uniform which he was led to believe was Lionel. Sadly over time both medals and photo have been lost. One of the medals was the "Croix de Guerre" but I do not know when or for what this was awarded and I am hoping to have this clarified if I can obtain a copy of his army records in the near future (will let you know if I find out anything).