The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private F V Church


Private Frederick Victor CHURCH, G/12897, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed on or after, 7th October 1916, age 27.

Born Gravesend, Kent, son of Francis & Elizabeth Church, of Fern Villa, 42, Havelock Road, Gravesend, Kent.

1911 Census - 42, Havelock Road, Gravesend, Kent - Francis Church, head, age 58, married, coal porter, docks, born Gravesend, Kent; Elizabeth Church, wife, age 58, married 32 years, 8 children, all still alive, born Stifford, Essex; Benjamin Church, son, age 23, single, wire winder, cable works, born Gravesend, Kent; Frederick Church, son, age 20, single, storeman, brewery, born Denton, Kent; Harold Church, son, age 18, single, shop lad, greengrocers, born Denton, Kent; Leonard Church, son, age 16, single, shop lad, painter & decorator, born Denton, Kent.

26th December 1912, Gravesend, Kent, Frederick Victor Church, age 22, bachelor, labourer, 6 Spell? Street, father Francis Richard Church, labourer, married Florence Clark, age 19, spinster, of 7, Union Street, Gravesend, Kent, father John Henry Clark, painter.

Children - Frederick Francis Church, born 21st August 1913, Gravesend, Kent; Katherine Maybelle Church, born 28th February 1915, Gravesend, Kent; Leonard V Church, born 19th March 1917.

Enlisted  Gravesend, Kent, age 25, height 5ft 4 inches, 133lbs. Diagnosed with chronic orchitis right testicle, but later found no enlargement & no pain.  Resided 7 Union Street, Gravesend, Kent. Formerly labourer.

9th December 1915, enlisted; 10th December 1915, to Army Reserve; 31st March 1916, mobilized; 1st September 1916, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 13th September 1916, posted BEF;  13th September 1916, embarked; 29th September 1916, joined Battalion; 7th October 1916, posted missing.

25th June 1917, pension awarded  of  26/3 a week for widow and three children.

18th October 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Florence Church, 7, Union Street; Children - Frederick Francis Church, 21st August 1913, 7, Union Street; Katherine Maybelle Church, 28th February 1915, 7, Union Street; Leonard V Church, 19th March 1917, 7, Union Street; Father Francis Church, 42 Havelock Road, Gravesend; Mother, Elizabeth Church, 42 Havelock Road, Gravesend; Brother - Bert Church, age 35, 195 New Road, Battersea; Sister - Mrs Quinn, age 33, 46 Berkeley Road, Manor Park.

Commemorated at  Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, Somme, France.

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