The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J A Baldwin


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Private John Alfred BALDWIN, L/10807, 8th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, Flanders, France, 20th August 1916, age 20.

20th August 1896, born St Johns, Sevenoaks, Kent, son of Benjamin and Sophia Baldwin, of 1 School Lane, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent / 6 Church Terrace, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent.


1911 Census - School Lane, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent - Benjamin Baldwin, head, age 54, married, general labourer, born Seal Chart, Sevenoaks, Kent; Sophia Baldwin, wife , age 50, married 30 years, 8 children, all still alive, born Seal Chart, Sevenoaks, Kent; John Baldwin, son, age 14, golf caddy,born St Johns, Sevenoaks, Kent; William Baldwin, son, age 10, school, born St Johns, Sevenoaks, Kent.


Enlisted , Maidstone, Kent, age 18, height 5 ft 6 inches, weight 104 lbs. Resided Seal, Kent. Formerly gardener. Allotment of 6d a week to his wife?, unmarried.

Home 30th May 1915 to 18th May 1916; BEF 19th May 1916 to 20th August 1916.

Trained Signaller and 1st Class in Course of Musketry.

30th May 1915. enlisted; 2nd June 1915, posted Depot,  Royal West Kent Regiment; 16th July 1915, posted 3rd battalion,  Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th May 1916, posted 8th Battalion,  Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th May 1916, embarked; 20th May 1916, Infantry Base Depot; 2nd June 1916, proceeded to join Battalion; 16th August 1916, wounded, gun shot wound to the head, with cerebral haemorrhage.

Statement of Relatives, 13th June 1919 - Father Benjamin Baldwin, 6 Church Terrace, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent; Mother, Sophia Baldwin, 6 Church Terrace, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent; Brothers - Benjamin Baldwin, age 34, 186 Effra? Road, Wimbledon; Henry Elias Baldwin, age 32, In the Army, George William Baldwin, age 28, HMS Sturgen?, Dartmouth, William Constant? Baldwin, age 18, Ambulance L C, 34, Kenwick? Road, Putney. Sisters, Sophia Alice Tervey, age 37, The Lodge, Greatness Cemetery, Sevenoaks, Elizabeth Emily Baker, age 36, 148 Florence Road, Wimbledon, Kate Julia Bovey?, age 25, 7 Crampton Road, Sevenoaks.

Buried at Abbeville Communal Cemetery, V.H.4., Somme, France. There is a commemoration on the grave of his parents in the Churchyard St Peter & St Paul, Seal, Kent.

NOTE: CWGC web site shows Battalion as 3rd


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