The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private G A French


Private Gilbert Alfred FRENCH, G/14675, "D" Company, 6th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Flanders France, death presumed as on or after 7th October 1916.

Born Wolobourgh, Devonshire, enlisted 12th December 1915, Willesden Green, NW, age 26, height 5ft 3 inches, 112lbs, resided 93 Sandringham Road, Willesden Green NW. Formerly motor bus cleaner, London General Omnibus Company.

Son of Mrs. French, of 75, Halcyon Road, Newton Abbot, Devon.

Husband of Mrs. Winifred Barlow (formerly French, nee Barrett), of 73, Foxhill Road, Carlton, Nottinghamshire. Winifred Barrett married Gilbert French, 15th May 1912, St Mary Abbotsbury Church, Newton Abbot, Devon.

Children - William Reginald French, born 5th January 1914, St Pancras; Sidney Gilbert French, born 9th August 1916, St Pancras.

Postings - Home, 12th December 1915 to 12th September 1916; BEF, 13th September 1916 to 7th October 1916.

19th June 1917, pension of 22/11 a week awarded  to widow and two children.

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

6th October 2014, email from Will Ward of Dorchester:

I have just returned from a tour of Flanders and the Somme following the London Transport Museum and their "Battlebus" - a restored 1914 London Bus. You may have seen it featured on Breakfast News. The information on your site ( ) was used to guide the tour to the panel commemorating this ex-LGOC employee. I thought you might be interested in a picture of that section of the Thiepval memorial in the following link (it was at the bottom of the panel which made for a simpler photo.)

His name liveth. Former London General Omnibus Company motor bus cleaner / PTE Gilbert Alfred French. Killed in action Flanders c7/10/1916 RWQ


London Transport Museum’s B-type bus B2737. Restored by @ltmuseum @LTMuseumFriends & #HLF to commemorate the role of London’s transport in the First World War. Arrived at the Thiepval Memorial

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