The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant R H Levett



Second Lieutenant Richard Henry LEVETT, 3rd Reserve Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died, 20th August 1916. 

Born 3rd August 1883.

Commemorated at Brenchley, All Saints, Churchyard,  South boundary, left of gate, Brenchley, Kent.

London Gazette 10th November 1915.

The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment

Temporary Second Lieutenant Richard Henry Levett to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 29th April, 1915.


2nd Lieut. R.H. Levett was the elder son of Mr and Mrs George Levett, of High Firs, Brenchley, Kent.

He entered Tonbridge School in May, 1898, and left at the age of 17 in July, 1900. Entering the legal profession, he was first with Mr G.P. Hinds, solicitor, Goudhurst, and lated became managing clerk to Messrs. Lee, Ockerby and Everington, London. He had been admitted a solicitor in 1906, and on September 1st, 1913, he entered into partnership with Mr Thomas Buss, solicitor, Tunbridge Wells, and Coroner for the district. For a time he acted as Deputy Coroner. In January 1915, he and his younger brother, E.G. Levett, joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. (T.F.) and both obtained commissions on April 29th, 1915,

R.H. being gazetted to the Royal West Kents and E.G. to the Essex Regiment. The latter, to his great regret, had to relinquish his commission on account of ill health on July 11th, 1916. 2nd Lieut. R.H. Levett died at the Military Hospital, Chatham, on August 20th, 1916, after a brief illness, an attack of blood poisoning being followed by Pericarditis and double pnuemonia, and was buried at Brenchley with full military honours.

Those for whom or with whom he had worked in his professional career have testified to his worth and promise. "I shall always remember," wrote one "what a pleasure it was to work with him at all times, as he was in his quiet way one of the very best." The vicar of Brenchley in his address testified to the consistency of his life as "a christian gentleman."

For some time he had been acting as Assistant Adjutant, and his first C.O., on relinquishing the command of the Battalion, had left a memorandum that in the event of the Adjutancy becoming vacant and no Regular Officer available, he strongly recommended that 2nd Lieut. Levett should be appointed. After acting as Adjutant for several weeks he was appointed to the post on July 29th, and his predecessor afterwards wrote:- "I left with the utmost confidence that the post would be thoroughly well filled by him. He was a most excellent Assistant Adjutant and a real hard worker. His loss is a severe one to the Battalion."

His C.O., writing on behalf of the Regiment said:-
"Your son was one of our most valuable Officers, always doing his duty without considering his own convenience. I was looking forward to working with him as Adjutant a position he had well earned by his work as Assistant Adjutant. He was most popular with all ranks and his loss is deeply felt by us all. clergyman in his address in Church expressed better than I can what we all felt about him...... I cannot speak too highly of your son. I have lost a friend as well as a very good Officer."

Tonbridge School and The Great War 1914 - 1918.

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