The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private E G Rapley


Private Eli Gilbert RAPLEY, 25941, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment.

Born Patching, Sussex, enlisted 17th November 1915, Hove, Sussex, age 28, height 5ft 7 inches, resided Hillscol Farm Fulking, Hassocks, Sussex / Chalkpit Cottage, Poynings, Hassocks, Sussex / Bungalow Farm, Fulking, Brighton, Sussex. Formerly poultry farm manager.

Husband of Grace Emily Rapley, (nee Hollingdale, spinster), married 21st October 1915, Parish Church, Newtimber, Sussex.

Home, 17th November 1915 to 8th December 1916; BEF, 9th December 1916 to 27th September 1917; Home, 28th September 1917 to 27th March 1918.

17th November 1915, enlisted; 18th November 1915, to Army Reserve; 31st July 1916, mobilized; 3rd August 1916, posted 42685, 14th Royal Fusiliers; 1st September 1916, transferred to 31 Battalion, Training Reserve; 9th December 1916, transferred to  Royal West Kent Regiment & posted BEF; 8th February 1917, wounded, gun shot wound, wrist; 25th September 1917, wounded, gun shot wound, left arm; 27th September 1917, posted DEpot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 27th September 1917 to 27th March 1918, 1st ??? General Hospital, gun shot wound, left arm, radius ulna fractured.

27th March 1918, discharged  as "no longer physically fit for War Service" due to wounds Silver War Badge issued.

Pension, 27/6 a week for 4 weeks, then 19/3 a week for 22 weeks, conditional.


London Gazette 21st August 1917.

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the under mentioned Non-commissioned Officers and Men:

25941 Pte. E. G. Rapley, Royal West Kent Regiment.

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