Enoch Kinsella, Private 12947, 8th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 19th April 1916 in Mesopotamia (Iraq), aged 34
Enoch Kinsella was born in 1882 at Macclesfield, the son of Susannah and John Kinsella, a weaver. Enoch was baptised on 17 June 1885 at Christ Church, Macclesfield; at that time his parents lived at Pinfold Street. On 2nd April 1890, along with his siblings Ann, Samuel and James, Enoch was baptised into the Roman Catholic faith, at St Alban’s Church, Macclesfield. The following year, nine year old Enoch was living at 87 Pierce Street with his parents and siblings Anne M. (13), Samuel (11), James (10), Jane (5) and baby William (10 months).
Enoch was educated at St Alban’s School and attended St Alban’s church, where he was a member of the St Alban’s gymnastics class.
Aged just 18 and employed as an iron moulder by Harlow’s of King Edward Street, Enoch married 20 year old Edith Brocklehurst at St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield, on 12th May 1900, and in 1901 the couple were living at House 1, Court 4, Pierce Street, Macclesfield with their 8 month old son, Albert. Ten years later in 1911 the family had grown to five children: Albert (11), Ellen (9), Minnie (5), Jane (3) and Edith (under two months old). Another daughter, Mary, was born on 27th August 1913, and a son, Arthur, was born on 13th May 1915 while Enoch was still training with his regiment in England.
Enoch attested in Macclesfield on 31st August 1914, joining the 12th Cheshire Regiment very soon after the start of the war. His army medical report showed him to be 5 feet 7¼ inches tall, weighing 132 pounds with a 32 inch chest, fresh complexion, grey eyes and fair hair.
Enoch’s training took place at Seaford, near Brighton, in early 1915 and at Prees Heath, near Whitchurch, in late 1915. At some time during his army service Enoch was cut by glass whilst bathing but it was noted that he made a good recovery.
On 6th September 1915 Enoch was to have gone to France with the 12th Cheshire Regiment but he suffered a wound to his left foot and was treated at the Cambridge Hospital, Aldershot from 7th and 16th September 1915; this may have been connected with the injury he received whilst bathing. Once mobile again, on 23rd September he was sent to join the 14th Cheshire Regiment.
On the 5th November 1915, Enoch was transferred to the 8th Cheshire Regiment and embarked for Port Said, in Egypt. He left Port Said on 14th February 1916, arriving at Basra two weeks later. On arrival, the 8th Battalion were engaged in the attempt to relieve Kut which took place between 4th January and 24th April 1916. On the 16th and 17th April they participated in the action at Bait Isa and heavy fighting followed. Enoch was killed in action on 19th April 1916, aged 34 years.
Enoch’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times of 2nd June 1916:
Mrs Kinsella, 1 house, 4 court, Pierce Street, received official notification this week that her husband, Private Enoch Kinsella, was killed in action on April 19th. The deceased soldier was serving with the 8th Cheshires in Mesopotamia.
Private Kinsella, who was 34 years of age, was a native of Macclesfield, being the son of the late Mr John Kinsella, whose widow now resides at 87 Pierce Street. His father died about ten years ago. The deceased soldier received his education at St Alban’s School and had attended the Roman Catholic Church all his life. He served his apprenticeship as an iron moulder at Messrs. Harlow’s, King Edward Street, where he had been employed for 17 years.
Private Kinsella enlisted in the 12th Cheshires on August 31st, 1914… For some time he was in hospital with a poisoned foot. Subsequently he was transferred to the 14th Cheshires and afterwards to the 8th, leaving Whitchurch about 7 months ago for Egypt. From there he was transferred to Salonica, and it is believed that he met his death while operating with General Gorringe’s force sent to the relief of Kut.
Deceased was a member of the St Alban’s gymnastic class. He leaves a widow and seven children, the eldest being 15 years of age and the youngest twelve months. His brother, Private W. Kinsella, went through the campaign in the Dardanelles with the 7th Cheshires, and is now in Egypt. He was not wounded.
Private Enoch Kinsella has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 14 and 62 of the Basra Memorial, Iraq. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Enoch Kinsella, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of William Kinsella, who served as Private 3113 with the 7th Cheshire Regiment, and later as acting Lance Corporal 49957 with the Machine Gun Corps. William survived the war.