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Lance Corporal H Childs


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Lance Corporal Harry CHILDS, G/18792,  7th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death assumed on or after, 24th April 1918, age 34.

Born Cranleigh, Surrey, son of Harry and Sarah Childs, of Chantrie, Shalford, Guildford.

5th September 1886, St Nicolas, Cranleigh, Surrey, baptism of Harry Childs, son of Harry, (labourer), and Sarah Childs


1911 Census - Culmer, Witley, Surrey - Sarah Eliz Smallbone, head, age 77, widow, small shopkeeper, own account, born Hitchinswell, Hampshire; Harry Childs, boarder, age 25, single, labourer (ordinary) farm, born Cranleigh, Surrey.


15th April 1911, Parish Church, Ockham, All Saints & Hatchford, St Matthew, Harry Childs, age 26, bachelor, labourer, resided Witley, son of harry Childs, gamekeeper, married Sarah Ann Perry, age 30, spinster, of Ockham, daughter of George Perry, labourer.

Child - William Harry Childs, born 12th June 1913, Witley?

Enlisted Godalming, Surrey, age 32, height 5ft 9 inches, weight 147lbs.  Resided 4, Rose Cottages, Wormley, Whitley, Surrey. Formerly waterkeeper?

Home 11th December 1915 to 25th September 1916; BEF 26th September 1916 to 24th April 1918.

11th December 1915, enlisted; 12th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 1st June 1916, mobilized; 2nd June 1916, posted 5th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, Service No.41134; 26th September 1916, posted BEF; 5th October 1916, posted 11th Battalion; 14th October 1916, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment, attached 11th Battalion; 1st November 1917, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 19th April 1918, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 24th April 1918, posted missing.

22nd December 1918, date when Separation Allowance of 19/6 a week, paid to wife will cease.

23rd December 1918, pension of4 20/5 a week awarded to widow & 1 child.

29th June 1920, Statement of Relatives, (completed by widow) - Widow, Sarah Ann Childs, 4, Rose Cottages, Wormley, near Godalming; Child, William Harry Child, born 12th June 1913, 4, Rose Cottages, Wormley, near Godalming; Father, Harry Childs, Keepers Cott, Shalford, near Guildford; Mother, Sarah Childs; Brothers - William Childs, age not known, Keepers Cott, Shalford, near Guildford; George Childs, age not known, Keepers Cott, Shalford, near Guildford; Frank Childs, age not known, Keepers Cott, Shalford, near Guildford; Sister, Maud Childs., age 21, Shalford, near Guildford.

Commemorated at Pozieres Memorial, Panel 58 & 59, Somme, France.


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