Jonas was named after his Grandfather Jonas Pattle and was born in 1890.
The 1891 census shows Jonas’s family living in Nefod, Oswestry, Salop. (St. Martin) . The family consisted of his father William Pattle, 25 a Game keeper and his wife Elizabeth (nee Fenton) 24. (William’s full name was William Moses Pattle and, they had married in the September Qtr of 1886 at Thingoe). Their listed children were Lily 3, Sidney 2, and Jonas 1. All had been born in Suffolk.
In 1901 the family were living at Valeswood Lane, Little Ness, Shropshire. William, 35, was still a Gamekeeper. His wife Elizabeth was 34. Their daughter Lily was missing from this census, she would have been 13 years old. (According to the 1911 census 8 children had been born and they were all still living, so Lily must have just been away for the night of the census, but she was never recorded again on any census with the family). The children listed in 1901 were Sidney, 12, Jonas, 11, Harry, 9, Willie, 7 and Elsie, 5.
The 1911 census records the father William Pattle with his parents on census night. They were Jonas & Eliza Pattle at Barrow Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Jonas (Snr) Pattle, 67 had a Small Holder Farm. They had been married 48 years and 13 children had been born to them but 2 had died. Listed were Sons Abraham, 46 and William, 44 and Charles, 29. All three were Game Keepers. ( Is Charles Pattle the same elusive Charles Pattle who is named on this War Memorial? Any help gratefully received).
The 1911 census records the rest of William’s family, including Jonas (Jnr) living at “Gamekeeper in House”, Kirklington Southwell, Nottinghamshire. The household consisted of head of the household and mother Eliza Pattle, 42 and listed as a Game Keeper’s Wife. She stated on the form that she had been married 24 years and that 8 children had been born to her all of whom were living. Sydney, 22, Jonas, 21 were both single Game Keepers. Elsie, 15 was a Dress Maker. Violet was 8 and Daisy 6.
Jonas married Mary Price in St. Mary’s Church in Broughton in 1915 (C102/01/E291)
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms Jonas’s regimental information and tells us that he was born in Bury St. Edemunds, Suffolk, his residence was Wakefield, Yorkshire and he enlisted in Chester. His medal card also on ‘Ancestry’ details his medal entitlement.
Unusually, there are two index cards for Jonas in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. (Flintshire WW1 Index Card Hawarden F25) and (Flintshire WW1 Index Card Saltney Ferry F26) They both give the same information. The address quoted was Ivy Cottage, Bretton, Nr Chester. His regimental details were confirmed and the cards say he served for 2 years and was killed in action on 23rd March 1918. The Hawarden one was signed by M Pattle on the 13th January 1920 and the Saltney Ferry one was signed by E L Roberts on the 1st December 1919.
Jonas is mentioned in the book “Soldiers Died in the Great War Royal Welsh Fusiliers Volume 28, and on that his date of death in March not May.”
The Commonewealth War Graces Commission states his death on the 23rd May 1918, but all other papers state his date of death as 23rd March 1918.
Jonas is on the Broughton War Memorial as a John Pattle also commemorated on the memorial at Bretton Methodist Chapel, and he is also on the Saltney Ferry War Memorial as well as this one at Hawarden.
There is a Charles Pattle also named on this memorial. The name is unusual but it has not yet proved possible to prove any connection. There is a tentative connection mentioned in the 1911 census details above but that is very much a long shot. Can anyone help?
Many thanks to Elaine Sale for her contribution about her family