Frederick Patilla (Pertiller) (1873–1950)


Royal Engineers 225328 & WR21642 308 Coy

Frederick, born in 1873, was one of the thirteen children of William Patilla and Mary (née Fletcher), a Brackenfield family. In April 1911 he married Sarah Saunders of Lindway Lane; the Saunders family were also a well-known Brackenfield family. He worked as a farm labourer before enlisting, aged forty-three, in January 1917. Initially he was with the Railway Corps of the Royal Engineers, but while serving in France and Belgium between February 1917 and January 1919 he was a labourer on the roads. During December 1918 he was in hospital with influenza and on demob in March 1919, was in Middlesex War Hospital with rheumatism. His first cousin, George Patilla, is also on the Roll of Honour.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Army Service Record
He was called up 02/01/17 and enrolled at Chesterfield aged 43 years and 4 months. He was a married roadman living at Brackenfield. His height was 5ft 2in and weight 109lb. The next of kin was his wife Sarah (nèe Saunders) whom he married at Brackenfield 17/04/11. They had a daughter Ada Louise Patilla born 12/11/06. His last employer was Mr Magerrison of Tupton Hall.
02/01/17 Called up
04/01/17 Posted RE Rly Coy
04/02/17 Embarked BEF France 308 Coy
04/02/17 to 16/01/19 France and Belgium as labourer on roads
15/12/18 Influenza
16/01/19 Posted from 308 RCC
05/03/19 Demobbed with very good character and less than 20% disability rheumatism (was in Middlesex War Hospital)

His cousin George Patilla also served.


1901: Brackenfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Limb Head 77 Farmer Brackenfield
Mary Limb wife 65   Matlock
George Limb son 23 Farmer's son Brackenfield
Mary A Limb daughter 19 Farmer's daughter Brackenfield
Frederick Patilla serv 25 Carter on farm Brackenfield

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1911: Lindway Lane, Brackenfield

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Sarah Saunders Head 39 Single Brackenfield
Harry Saunders son 11   Lindway Lane
Ada Laura Saunders daughter 4   Lindway Lane
Frederick Patilla boarder 36 Farm labourer Brackenfield

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Shortly after the census Frederick married Sarah Saunders on 17/04/11 at Brackenfield.

1918 Voters List
Frederick Patilla, Lindway Lane, absent on military service.

1939 Register: Matlock Road, Wessington
Fred Pertiller b.22 September1873; permanent way labourer retired
Sarah Pertiller b.21 January 1872
[the name Patilla was crossed out and Pertiller added. Pertiller was an occasional spelling variation of Patilla which Fred seems to have preferred in later life]