The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Corporal W A Croft


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Lance Corporal William Alfred CROFT, G/11452, 10th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, 31st July 1917.

26th August 1896, born, Chetnole, Dorset, son of Willliam & Martha Ann Croft.

27th September 1896, Parish of Chetnole, Dorset, baptism of William Alfred Croft, son of Willliam, (coachman),  & Martha Ann Croft, of Chetnole, Dorset.


1911 Census - Kemp Cottage, Grove Hill, Hemel Hempstead - William Croft, head, age 50, married, coachman domestic, born Winford Eagle, Dorset; Martha Ann Croft, wife, age 48, married 27 years, 7 children, all still alive, born Barnham, Suffolk; Alice M Croft, daughter, age 17, single, sewing machinist factory, born Weymouth, Dorset; William A Croft, son, age 14, bakers boy, born Chetnole, Dorset.


Enlisted Sheerness, Kent, age 19 years & 95 days, height 5ft 5½ inches, 125lbs.  Resided Ripney Hill, Minster, Sheppey, Kent. Formerly gardener.

29th November 1915, enlisted & posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd May 1916, posted BEF; 3rd May 1916, Southampton, embarked; 4th May 1916, Havre, disembarked; 26th August 1916, 139 Field Ambulance, German measles; 10th September 1916, 39 Casulaty Clearing Station, to Unit; 16th June 1917, appointed paid Lance Corporal.

22nd August 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, William Croft, 13 Redbourne Road, Hemel Hempstead; Mother, Martha Ann Croft, 13 Redbourne Road, Hemel Hempstead; Brother - George Croft, age 32, Coed-Du-Hall?, Rhydymwyn, Flintshire; Sisters - Sarah Fisher, age 34?, Park Gate, Swanwick, Hampshire; Edith Parris?, age 33, 14 Provident Place Berkhampstead; Gertrude Dickinson, age 27, Beacon Hill, Swanwick, Hampshire; Alice Parkins?, age 25, 13 Redbourne Road, Hemel Hempstead.

Willliam & Martha Ann Croft - 14th January 1918, The Poplars, Prestwood, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire; February 1920, 13 Redbourne Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire; August 1921, 51 Chapel Street, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 45 and 47, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


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