The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant P A Bankes


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Second Lieutenant Percy Abbott BANKES, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (Also RAF), died, 22nd February 1919 at Fargo Military Hospital, Netheravon, Wiltshire, age29

1889 born Brockley, Kent, son of Joseph Samuel & *Sopia Elizabeth Bankes, of 11 Endwell Road, Deptford, Kent. Brothers - Stanly, Guy, Cyril & Frank. Sisters - Madge & Doris.

Previously served with 4th London Howitzer Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.

Enlisted Brighton, Sussex, age 26, height 5ft8 inches, weight 140lbs. Formerly clerk. Resided 42 Hatcham Park Road, New Cross, Kent.

15th September 1915, enlisted into Royal Sussex Regiment, 4929; 24th September 1915, posted 14th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment; 19th November 1915, appointed Lance Corporal; 21st January 1916, promoted Corporal; 3rd February 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Sergeant; 29th July 1916, promoted Sergeant; 15th August 1916, posted Base Depot, Royal Sussex Regiment; 17th August 1916, embarked; 18th August 1916, posted 13th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment; 18th December 1916, posted Depot, Royal Sussex Regiment for Commission; 15th May 1915, received Commission & posted to Royal West Kent Regiment in Chatham. September 1917, transferred to Royal Flying Corps, (later Royal Air Force).

Next of Kin (Widowed Aunt), Mrs Annie Louisa Abbott, 60 Earlsfield Road, Wandsworth Common / The Green, Frimley, near Aldershot / 39 Mareschal Road, Lee, Kent. Effects £139 16s 11d.

Buried Brockley Cemetery, A. 978., London

AWARDS: MC

* died 1904


London Gazette 21st May 1917.

War Office, 21st May, 1917. REGULAR FORCES.

The under mentioned cadets to be temporary Second Lieutenants (attached). 26 April 1917 : 

Royal West Kent Regiment - Percy Abbott Bankes

London Gazette 26th September 1917.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to confer the Military Cross on the under mentioned Officers and Warrant Officers in recognition of their gallantry and devotion to duty in the Field :

Temporary Second Lieutenant Percy Abbott Bankes, attached Royal West Kent Regiment

London Gazette 25th October 1917.

War Office, 25th October, 1917. REGULAR FORGES.

The under mentioned temporary 2nd Lieutenants, from attached, unless otherwise stated, are transferred to Service Battalions, with seniority from dates shown: 

INFANTRY. - Royal West Kent Regiment.  - P. A. Bankes, M.C. 26 April 1917.

London Gazette 9th January 1918.

With reference to the awards conferred as announced in the London Gazette, dated 26th Sept., 1917, the following are the statements of service for which the decorations were conferred:

AWARDED  THE MILITARY CROSS

Temporary Second Lieutenant Percy Abbott Bankes, Royal West Kent Regiment

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during a hostile attack on our trenches. It was his steadiness and coolness during three hours bombardment and during the actual attack that encouraged the men to put up such a stout resistance. He was the life and soul of the defence, and wherever the men appeared to waver he was there urging and encouraging them to hold out. When our men were driven out of the saps he at once attacked and recaptured all the saps except one. His quick grasp of the situation proved him to be a most valuable and gallant officer.


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