The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Corporal H F Chambers


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Corporal Harold Frederick CHAMBERS, G/4928, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action Sunday 14th October 1917, death presumed on or after that date.

Born Maidstone, Kent, son of Henry & Eliza Chambers.

2nd October 1887, baptism, St Peter, Maidstone of Harold Frederick Chambers, son of Henry & Eliza Chambers.

27th April 1907, Ryarsh, Kent, married Agnes Chambers, spinster, 3 Gorham Cottages, High, Street, Snodland, Kent.

Children - Olive Chambers, born 29th July 1907, Snodland; William Chambersborn 28th November 1909, Snodland; Ronald Alfred Chambers, born 3rd March 1911, Snodland; Frank & Robert Chambers,  twins, born 16 November 1913, Snodland; Charles George Chambers, born 7th July 1917, Snodland.


1911 Census - 3 Gorham Cottages, High, Street, Snodland, Kent - Harold F Chambers, head, age 24, married, cement labourer, cement works, born Maidstone, Kent; Agnes M Chambers, wife, age 28, married 3 years, 2 children, Olive A Chambers, daughter, age 3, born Snodland; William H Chambers, son, age 1, born Snodland.


Enlisted Maidstone, Kent, age 27, height 5ft 9½ inches, weight 128lbs.  Resided 3 Gorham Cottages, High, Street, Snodland, Kent. Formerly labourer.

Home 9th December 1914 to 28th April 1915; BEF 29th April 1915 to 2nd July 1916; Home 3rd July 1916 to 1th January 1917; BEF 12th January 1917 to 14th October 1917.

9th December 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd December 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 29th April 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th April 1915, 5 Infantry Base Depot; 3rd May 1915, joined Battalion; 23rd July 1915, awarded 10 days Field Punishment No.2. by Commanding Officer; 1st July 1916, diarrhoea, to England; 3rd July 1916, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; Hospital 3rd July 1916 to 23rd August 1916, diarrhoea;

2nd September 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th to 12th September 1916, absent, forfeits 12 days pay, deprived of 12 days pay; 3rd January 1917, awarded 10 days Field Punishment No.2. for absence; 12th January 1917, posted BEF & 6th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th January 1917, embarked / disembarked; 24th January 1917, attached 37 Brigade Depot Company; 7th February 1917, rejoined Battalion; 26th May 1917, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 26th June 1917, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 9th August 1917, appointed Acting Corporal; Awarded Military Medal; 9th October 1917, confirmed in rank of Corporal with effect from 9th August 1917; 14th October 1917, posted missing.

6th April 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Agnes Matilda Chambers, 3 Gorham Cottages, High, Street, Snodland; Children - Olive Chambers, born 29th July 1907;  William Chambersborn 28th November 1909; Ronald Alfred Chambers, born 3rd March 1911; Frank & Robert Chambers,  twins, born 16 November 1913; Charles George Chambers, born 7th July 1917; Mother, Eliza Chambers, Hollicks? Cottages, Snodland; Brothers - Ernest Chambers, age 38?, Hollicks? Cottages, Snodland; Edward Chambers, age 42, Ryarsh, West Malling; Sisters - ??? Chambers, age 30, Hollicks? Cottages, Snodland; ???? Chambers, age 45, Ryarsh, West Malling; Millie Chambers, age 22, Malling Road, Snodland.

Commemorated at  Arras Memorial,  Bay 7, Pas de Calais, France.

AWARDS: MM


London Gazette 28th September 1917.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal to the under mentioned Warrant Officer, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men:

4928 L./C. H. F. Chambers, Royal West Kent Regiment, (Snodland).


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