The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private H H Cheasman


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Private Horace Harold CHEASMAN, G/9616,  8th  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, Flanders France, 17th June 1916.

Born Sydenham, Kent, son of William & Hellen Cheasman, 25 Elderton Road, Sydenham.


1911 Census - 25 Elderton Road, Sydenham - Willie Cheasman, head, age 49, married, gas labourer, born Sydenham; Ellen Cheasman, wife, age 45, married 24 years, 4 children, 3 still alive, born Ryd, Ilse of Wight; Harold Cheasman, son, age 21, single, C Labourer, formerly, born Sydenham; Alice Cheasman, daughter, age 15, school, born Sydenham.


5th August 1913, Lewisham Registry Office, married Florence Edith Roberts, spinster, 85 Porthcawl Road, Sydenham. 

Children - Florence Hilda Cheasman, born 4th March 1910, Lewisham; Violet Victoria Cheasman, born 3rd January 1915, Lewisham; Horace Henry Cheasman, born 26th April 1916, Lewisham, died September 1917, Lewisham.


Previously served as Gunner with 199th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, Service No. 93800,  enlisted Bromley, 26th August 1914, age 24 years & 2months, height 5ft 9¼ inches, weight 150lbs. Formerly window cleaner. Previously rejected for military service on account of varicose veins, which are now extracted. 9th October 1914, discharged at Canterbury, Kent, in consequence of his not likely to become an efficient soldier.


Enlisted  Lewisham, Kent, age 25 years & 68 days, height 5ft 9 inches, weight 150lbs, tattoo marks on both forearms & left arm.  Resided 48 Porthcawl Road, Sydenham. Formerly carman.

Home 13th August 1915 to 18th May 1916; BEF 19th May 1916 to 17th June 1916.

13th August 1915, enlisted & posted 11th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 27th November 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th December 1915, Chatham, gambling in the barrack room about 9.30pm, 5 day confined to Barracks; 23rd December 1915, Chatham, absent from Tattoo until 9.15pm 25th inst. 14 days confined to Barracks, forfeits 6 days pay for absence; 14th January 1916, Chatham, absent from Tattoo until 9.15pm 18th January 1916, deprived of 10 days pay, forfeits 5 days pay; 29th January 1916, Chatham, having dirty & untidy kit box on Officer Commanding Detachments Inspection, 3 days confined to Barracks; 9th February 1916, Chatham, not complying with an order, viz., not scrubbing the floor when ordered to do, 5 days confined to Barracks; 20th April 1916, Chatham, absent from Tattoo until 5.30pm on 27th inst., leaving the Garrison without permission, deprived of 24 days pay, forfeits 8 days pay for absence; 7th May 1916, absent from Tattoo until apprehended by the Civil Police at Lewisham on the 9th inst., 7 days Field Punishment No.2., forfeits 2 days pay; 19th May 1916, posted BEF & 8th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 2nd June 1916, proceeded to join Battalion; 17th June 1916, wounded (gas) & died from effects of drift gas.

25th December 1916, pension awarded  of 20/6 a week for widow and three children.

14th May 1920, Statement of Relatives - Widow, Florence Edith Cheasman, 3 Church Villas, Larkbere Road, Sydenham; Children - Florence Hilda Cheasman, born 4th March 1910, 3 Church Villas, Larkbere Road, Sydenham; Violet Victoria Cheasman, born 3rd January 1915, 3 Church Villas, Larkbere Road, Sydenham; Father, William Cheasman, 25 Elderton Road, Sydenham; Mother, Hellen Cheasman, 25 Elderton Road, Sydenham;

Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, II. B. 201., Nord, France.


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