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Private Francis George CHAMBERS, L/6266, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, on the Somme, Flanders France, 4th October 1917.

20th January 1881, born Croydon, Surrey, son of Thomas & Charlotte Chambers, 54 Addey Street, Deptford, Kent.

7th August 1881, St John the Baptist, Croydon, baptism of Francis George Chambers, son of Thomas (Hawker), & Charlotte Chambers.


29th March 1898, enlisted London, into Militia, Service No.1625, age 17 years & 2 months, height 5ft 2½ inches, weight 110½lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair. Resided 54 Addey Street, Deptford, Kent. Labourer.

3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, 29th March 1898 to 22nd August 1901.

26th December 1899, Chatham, overstaying his pass from 9.00am till 11.00pm on 27th December 1899, 5 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 2 days pay; 15th January 1901, Malta, drunk returning to Barracks about 12.00pm, 4 days confined to Barracks; 4th March 1901, Mellicha, having a dirty rifle on Parade, 3 days confined to Camp.

11th December 1899 to 10th June 1901, embodied Militia Service in 3rd Royal West Kent Regiment, 1 year & 183 days reckons towards pay & pension.


Enlisted London, Middlesex, age 20 years & 7 months, height 5ft 4½ inches, weight 121lbs, fresh complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, H L leaves line of dots left forearm, scar forehead, moles left cheek & neck.  Resided Deptford, Kent. Formerly labourer.

Home 23rd August 1901 to 6th January 1902; South Africa, 7th January 1902 to 4th November 1902; Ceylon. 5th November 1902 to 31st January 1905; Home 1st February 1905 to 29th August 1914; BEF 30th August 1914 to 4th October 1917.

23rd August 1901, enlisted & posted Depot; 8th September 1901, Maidstone, absent from Tattoo until 8.00pm on 9th September, 3 days confined to Barracks, forfeits one days pay; 21st September 1901, Maidstone, absent from Tattoo until 12.10am on 24th, 3 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 4 days pay; 7th January 1902, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd November 1902, Cape Town, absent from Piquet at 7.45pm, absent from Tattoo until found in bed at Reveille, 5 days confined to Barracks; 16th November 1903, Ceylon, drunk in Barracks about 9.10pm, admonished;

22nd November 1904, awarded swimming certificate; 3rd February 1905, transferred to Army Reserve, Section "A", residing at 81 Church Street, Deptford; 3rd February 1906, transferred to Section "B" Army Reserve; 23rd August 1913, re-engaged for a period of 4 years; 5th August 1914, mobilized; 6th August 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 30th August 1914, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th September 1914, joined Battalion, "C" Company; 31st January 1915, tried by FGCM, drunkenness, sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment No.1.; 3rd October 1917, wounded in action, still at Duty.

21st May 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Thomas Chambers, died 1899; Mother, Charlotte Chambers, died 1911; Brothers - George Chambers, age 42, 23a Hughes Fields, Deptford, Kent; Steven Chambers, age 47, Plot 14, Belvedere, Kent, (10 East Street?, on marsh, Belvedere, Abbey? Wood, Kent); Sisters - Florence Murphy, age 45, 23a Hughes Fields, Deptford, Kent; Mary Bilby, age 47, 11 Ravina? Grove; Ada Smith, age 40, Plumstead Common, 11 Timbercroft Road, East Plumstead; Charlotte Strange?, age 50, N.11 Hale Street, Deptford, SE.

Buried at  Hooge Crater Cemetery,XVII. C. 3.,  Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.


London Gazette 21st December 1917.

War Office, 21st December 1917.

The following is a Continuation of Sir Douglas Haig's Despatch of the 7th November, submitting names deserving special mention, published in a Supplement to the London Gazette of Tuesday, 18th, December, 1917 :

ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT. -  Chambers, No. 6266 Pte. F. (Killed.)


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