The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lieutenant H J Vicat


Lieutenant Horatio John VICAT,  1st Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  killed in action, near Missy, during the Battle of Aisne, 18th September 1914, age 29.

Born 24th June 1885, Melbourne P., Quebec, Canada.

Eldest surviving Son of the late Horatio N. Vicat, by his wife Miriam Frances Kate, ((daughter of Henry Augustus Prevost Holland of Quebec, Canada, (grandson of Captain Samuel Holland RA., ADC., to the General of Quebec & Director of Surveys in British North America)) of East Lodge, Sevenoaks, Kent.

His brother Frederick Holland Vicat also fell, 2nd Lieutenant, Duke of Wellingtons, West Riding Regiment, died 8th December 1917, age 25.

Educated Cheltenham College & Royal Military College Sandhurst.


25th January 1905, Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, Royal West Kent Regiment; 26th May 1908, promoted Lieutenant; seconded for Service with the West African Frontier Force, (Gold Coast Regiment) from November 1910 to October 1912; 21st August 1914, went to France with the Expeditionary Force.

He was in command  of his Company when they were forming  advanced guard to the Brigade and he was leading his men down to make good a bridge-head which was held by the enemy, when they opened fire with a machine gun, and he was killed instantly. Buried 300 yards East-South-East of Missy bridge on the south side of the river. 

Commemorated at  La Ferte-sous-Jouarre Memorial, France and on Sevenoaks War Memorial.

NOTE: Officers Died in the Great War shows date of death as 18th September 1914; CWGC shows 13th September 1914.

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