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Private Frederick Charles BIRCH, G/5191, 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders, France,  6th April 1916, age 20.

Born St Gregory's, Canterbury, Kent, son of William James & Annie Maria Birch, of 4, East St., Sturry Road, Canterbury, Kent.


1911 Census - 4, East St., Sturry Road, Canterbury, Kent - William Birch, head, age 53, married, general labourer, born Canterbury, Kent; Annie Birch, wife, age 49, married 32 years, 11 children, 9 still alive, born Canterbury, Kent; Horace Birch, son, age 25, single, labourer brickfields, born Canterbury, Kent; Harry Birch, son, age 21, single, labourer brickfields, born Canterbury, Kent; Frederick Birch, son, age 16, single, labourer brickfields, born Canterbury, Kent; Herbert Birch, son age 12, born Canterbury, Kent; Cyril Birch, son, age 8, born Canterbury, Kent.


Enlisted Canterbury, Kent, age 19, height 5ft 5 inches, weight 107lbs. Resided 4, East St., Sturry Road, Canterbury, Kent. Formerly brickmaker.

Home 2nd January 1915 to 22nd September 1915; BEF 23rd September 1915 to 6th April 1916.

2nd January 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 9th January 1915, posted 7th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st July 1915 to 7th July 1915, Military Hospital, Cadford, disordered action heart;

29th July 1915, posted 9th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd September 1915, posted 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd December 1915, 72 Field Ambulance, tonsillitis; 22nd December 1915, admitted 20 Casualty Clearing Station; 26th December 1915, admitted 10 Stationery Hospital; 2nd January 1916, St Omer, admitted 4 Stationary Hospital; 16th January 1916, discharged to Duty.

28th July 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, William Henry Foster Birch, 4, East St., Sturry Road, Canterbury; Mother, Annie Maria Birch, 4, East St., Sturry Road, Canterbury; Brothers - Horace Birch, age 33, Serving in HM Forces; Hubert Birch, age 20, Serving in HM Forces; Harry Birch, age 29, Serving in HM Forces; Cyril Birch, age 16, 4, East St., Sturry Road, Canterbury.

Buried at  Dranoutre Military Cemetery, I.B.13., Heuvelland, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

SEE ALSO Lance Corporal William James BIRCH


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