The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Drummer J R Standen


Tonbridge History

Drummer John Richard STANDEN, L/8678, 2nd Battalion,   Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force,  9th May 1916, age 28.

Born Tonbridge, Kent, son of Samuel Standen & Annie Maria Collins (formerly Standen), of 54, Hectorage Road, Tonbridge, Kent.

Enlisted Maidstone, Kent.

1911 Census - Military, India - John Richard Standen, Private, age 21, single, 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, Soldier, born Tonbridge, Kent.

1911 Census - 54, Hectorage Road, Tonbridge, Kent - Samuel Standen, head, age 63, married, wireman electrical Department, South Eastern & Chatham Railway, railway company, worker, born Caldown, Kent; Annie Maria Standen, wife, age 48, married 28 years, 13 children, 12 still alive, born Tonbridge, Kent; Elizabeth Mary Standen, daughter, age 24, single, packer in laundry, worker, born Tonbridge, Kent; Alfred William Standen, son, age 21, single, carpenter & painter, house, own account, born Tonbridge, Kent; Frederick Charles Standen, son, age 18, single, labourer, wagon Department, South Eastern & Chatham Railway, worker, born Tonbridge, Kent; Annie Emma Standen, daughter, age 16, single, born Tonbridge, Kent; Arthur Cecil Standen, son, age 12, school, born Tonbridge, Kent; Doris Violet Standen, daughter, age 8, school, born Tonbridge, Kent; Bertram Cyril Standen, son, age 5, school, born Tonbridge, Kent.

6th February 1915, posted Asiatic Theatre of War.

Commemorated at Basra Memorial, Panel 29, Iraq.

Commemorated on Tonbridge War Memorial - Tonbridge War Memorial - The original World War I memorial at the Junction of Pembury Road and Quarry Hill. The names were later re-inscribed in the new Memorial Garden in Bradford Street. 

From Tonbridge History - John Richard Standen, brother of George Samuel, was born in Tonbridge in 1888. He enlisted in the Royal West Kent Regiment at Tonbridge as a drummer L/8678 and by the time of the 1911 census he was stationed in India. From February 1915 his unit, the 2nd Battalion, was part of the Mesopotamian Expeditionary Force and he was wounded at the siege of Kut, and died from his wounds on 9th May 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial.

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