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Catelinet, H J

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Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 17 April 1915

A Plucky Jersey Soldier - Adjutants Praise. Mrs Catelinet of 9 Seaton Place has received the following letter from Captain and Adjutant A N Ransom of the 1st Dorsets in regard to her son, Private Catelinet, who is evidently keeping up Jersey's good name at the Front. The letter reads "Dear Madam, I much regret to inform you that your son, Private Catelinet, was wounded on 7 April. He was sent with a message from the place where the telephone was and was hit in the arm by a splinter. It is very much to his credit that he went on in spite of his wound and delivered the message safely. I intend to bring his action to notice and hope he may receive some reward. I saw him shortly afterwards and told him I thought he had done very well. He was most plucky about his wound which must have been very painful though I hope it will not turn out to be serious. I have reason to believe that the Medical Officer though he would be alright. Catelinet has served with Head Quarters of the Dorsets since the beginning of the war, first as a Signaller and Orderly and later as a Telephone Operator, in which capacity I am told by his comrades he was excellent. He is consequently a great loss but I hope we shall soon get him back. He showed himself plucky and cheerful at all times and it is a matter for regret that difficulty exists in giving promotion to Signallers as they cannot be spared from their work. I thought you might care to know that I appreciated Catelinet's good work very much."

Henry James Catelinet

Corporal Henry James Catelinet
6th Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment

Mentioned in Despatches

1914 Star

Eldest son of James Thomas and Annie Catelinet, of 1, d'Auvergne Cottages, Aquila Rd., St. Helier, Jersey. One of two brothers who both fell.

Killed in action, aged 22 years.

Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 24 April 1917

Commemorated on Halkett Place Primary School Memorial
and on St Mary's Parish Memorial

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Monday 23 April 1917

Roll of Honour. One of the few remaining Jerseymen who were serving with the Dorset Regiment, then commonly known as the "Jerseys", at the outbreak of war has made the supreme sacrifice. The soldier, Corporal H Catelinet, left for France with the first Expeditionary Force and was Battalion Signaller. The good services he rendered were highly praised by his Commanding Officer who, when he was wounded early last year, wrote to Jersey stating that he had been kept on Special Duties owing to his devotion to duty and had, thus been debarred from promotion. He was in hospital for a time in Cardiff, his mother, who resides at Claments Yard, Seaton Place, being given special permission to travel over to visit him. On recovery he was keen on returning to France and was eventually attached to the 6th Dorsets as Corporal. Letters sent from Jersey on 17 March were returned marked "Hospital - present location uncertain" and the mother has now received the sad information that the Corporal died of wounds received in action. The late Corporal, who has scores of friends locally, was only 21. We tender the bereaved family our sincere sympathy.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record