Unique soldier record from Donington

Eight nephews of Mrs R Pearson all served in the Great War ANL-150917-154116001
Eight nephews of Mrs R Pearson all served in the Great War ANL-150917-154116001
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A ‘unique record’ was reported in Donington 100 years ago where Station Street resident Mrs R Pearson had eight nephews serving in HM Army.

Five of them were from the same family, we reported 100 years ago.

From left are: the five sons of Mr and Mrs Bannister of Swineshead – Bombardier John Bannister (eldest son) in France on an armoured train; Lance Corpl George Bannister (second son) training at Rippon with Lincs Regiment.

Gunner Walter Bannister (third son) with the RFA in India; Corporal Oliver Bannister (fourth son) a bomb thrower in the trenches at the front.

The fifth son was Pte Joseph Bannister, in the Staffs regiment at Aldershot.

Also serving were Pte William Harrison of Boston, who was wounded with the Royal Marines in France, Albert Bannister, who was being treated at St John’s War Hospital in WEst Croydon and Pte Fred Bannister, of Wigtoft, who was stationed at Lichfield with the Notts and Derby regiment.